Frequently Asked Questions

The parking policy was updated in March 2017. The changes from that update are reflected below. If you are looking for specific information about the changes, however, visit the Policy Update FAQ.


Where can I park with my permit?

  • General parking permits are valid in lots E, F, J, G, H, L, M, N, and O lots only and are also valid in the Housing lots during the summer period. The summer period for this purpose is defined as after commencement and 1 week prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Housing permits are valid in all General lots.
  • Reserved parking permits are valid in any Reserved lot, Housing parking lot, General parking lot, and on Juniper Lane.
  • Please refer to the campus map for further information.

Can I move my car to another timed zone to avoid a parking ticket?

No, timed spaces may be used only once in each parking lot in a 4-hour period. If you need to park in excess of the posted time, you must purchase a parking pass.

Can I park against a curb that is not painted red?

Parking is permitted only in designated (marked) spaces only. Even though the curb is not painted red, the space is not meant as a parking area and might be considered a fire lane. It is not possible to mark every possible location that parking is not permitted. Park only in areas that are designated for vehicles.

I have a permit but I don't like to leave it in my car. Is that allowed?

No, you must display a permit in order for it to be valid.

I have a disabled placard. Do I still need to purchase a parking permit? Where can I park?

Permits are required for vehicles displaying placards. With a General permit, a vehicle can park in any disabled zone on campus or in any space in a Housing, General or Reserved parking lot (excluding state vehicle spaces, specially marked reserved spaces or yellow (commercial) timed zones). Students who are disabled and receive financial aid may be eligible for a waiver of parking fees. Please contact Financial Aid for more information.

What time and on what days is parking enforced?

All parking regulations, including permit regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I'm a visitor to campus. Do I need to pay for parking?

Yes. Official University guests may be eligible for a complimentary, one day parking pass. Please contact your campus host for information. Short-term parking is available throughout campus in timed zones. Timed zones have limited availability and are strictly enforced. The California Code of Regulations require campuses to charge a fee for parking.

Parking Tickets and Disputes

I got a ticket but I think it was in error. Is there a way to dispute?

Please refer to the parking ticket disputes page for further information.

Is it true that everyone gets a "free" ticket each semester that will be dismissed on appeal?

Appeals are granted based on the circumstances of each case. There are no "freebies." The appeal process is guaranteed by law to resolve parking tickets that are written in error or do not meet the legal requirements. Please see our Ten Reasons That Are Not Acceptable Grounds for Dismissal.

What if I don't pay my ticket or dispute it within 21 days?

  • Failure to pay your ticket within 21 days will lead to an increase in the fine
  • If payment is not received after that, your vehicle registration will be held by the DMV
  • Failure to dispute a parking ticket within 21 days waives your right to future disputes.

I have a lot of tickets. Will anything happen to my car if I don't pay them?

Vehicles with 5 or more outstanding tickets may be impounded at the owner's expense. Depending on how long it takes for you to pay your fines and recover your car, impoundment costs to the University and the tow company can be hundreds of dollars. It is very important to stay current on your tickets to avoid such action.

My parents own the car I drive at school. Will they find out about my parking tickets?

If tickets are not paid or disputed, a notice will be sent to the registered owner, as required by DMV regulations.