How to Avoid Parking Citations

Regulatory authority

The California Vehicle Code Section 21113 (a) gives the University the authority to regulate parking on campus. In addition to the regulations stated in the code, parking citations may be issued for any violation of local ordinances, city or county codes.

Suggestions for Avoiding Citations

Below are twelve suggestions for avoiding common violations when you park on campus.

  1. PAYMENT FOR PARKING IS REQUIRED
    All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid campus parking permit. No permit is needed if parked in a metered space but the meter must be paid. If you are a visitor to campus, please click here for information regarding visitor parking. If you will be parking on campus using an ADA (Disabled) placard, purchase and display of a valid permit is required. Please see our Disabled Parking policy.
  2. LOOK AT YOUR PERMIT
    Permits at UCSB are either long-term decal-type permits or machine dispensed short-term paper permits The permit lists the type of permit it is, for example, Student Commuter (C), Staff (B), Resident (H2),Visitor, etc. and an expiration date/time. You must renew the permit or move the vehicle before the date and time printed on the permit. Be sure to park only in lots or spaces specified by your permit type. Long-term permits have four primary designations: Student Commuter (C), Staff (B),  Faculty (A) or Resident (H). Student Commuter (C) permits are valid in Visitor/Student lots; Staff (B) and Faculty (A) permits are valid in Staff/Faculty lots, Resident (H) permits and the 22IVA are valid only in their assigned lot (e.g, H2 valid in Lot 2, 22IVA valid in Lot 22) during business hours Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00 pm. Between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday - Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday, the H and IVA permits can be used as a Night and Weekend permit on the main campus.   
  3. PERMITS MUST BE CORRECTLY DISPLAYED
    Decal-type permits must be displayed on the inside lower left corner of the windshield (driver’s side) and must be fully affixed to the windshield. The permit may not be attached by tape or suction cups and must be adhered by its own adhesive. Short-term permits must be displayed face-up on the dashboard, fully visible from the outside of the vehicle.
  4. FIRST CHECK THE LOT ENTRANCE SIGNS, THEN LOOK FOR ADDITIONAL POSTED SIGNED AND PAINTED CURB STOPS
    Before parking your vehicle check the lot entrance signs. Each lot has one or more entrance signs that provide information on the type(s) of permit(s) that are authorized in that lot. In addition, individual spaces or sections within the lots may be designated for a specific permit type. These spaces may be used only by those displaying the required permit type.
  5. 'AT ALL TIMES' LOTS AND SPACES
    Certain lots and spaces on campus require a specific type of permit 'at all times', including weekends and holidays. Watch for signage or painted curbs with these restrictions. Examples of spaces that are enforced at all times are spaces for the disabled, reserved spaces, and restricted service areas. Time-restricted parking spaces are marked with the maximum allowed time and are enforced at all times . Lots 1, 11 and 24 are designated as "Reserved At All Times" for Faculty and Staff permits.  Student and Visitor permits are never valid for parking in these three lots.
  6. PARK IN MARKED SPACES ONLY
    Designated parking spaces are indicated by a line or markings on both sides of the space. Areas without such markings are not legal parking spaces. Please make sure you are parked completely within the lined space (no wheels on or over the lines). Vehicles not parked completely within the designated space may receive a parking citation.
  7. PERMITS ARE NOT VALID PAYMENT FOR METERED SPACES
    A parking permit on a vehicle in a metered space does not substitute for cash payment. The meter must be paid and current in order for the vehicle to be legally parked.
  8. EXPIRED PARKING METERS
    Campus parking meters have maximum time limits. Each meter has a sign stating the maximum time the meter will allow. Vehicles parked in expired metered spaces are in violation and subject to a citation. No grace period is given for expired meter violations.
  9. HOLIDAYS
    While parking rules and regulations are otherwise enforced, a vehicle parking permit is not required on University holidays. Please be advised that University holidays may differ from other institutional and religious holidays. A listing of the university observed holidays may be found here.  Contact Parking Services if you have questions about our holiday parking policy.
  10. UNIVERSITY BREAKS
    Permit requirements during university breaks between quarters and over the summer do not differ from requirements when classes are in session.
  11. DISABLED PARKING SPACES, CROSS-HATCHED AREAS, AND ACCESS RAMPS
    California Vehicle Code regulations are enforced at all times. Parking in disabled spaces or areas without a valid DMV-issued ADA placard or license plate may result in a costly parking citation. Please note that a valid campus parking permit must also be displayed.
  12. ALTERED, COUNTERFEIT OR STOLEN PERMITS
    Displaying an altered, counterfeit, or stolen permit will result in a substantial penalty and may also result in University disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.