How to Apply for a Carpool Discount Parking Permit

Step 1 Determine whether all members of your carpool qualify for the carpool discount.

  • Only UCSB faculty, staff, and graduate students who are eligible for a Faculty/Staff annual or multi-year parking permit qualify for the carpool discount. The carpool discount permit is issued exclusively as an annual permit.
  • All participants must be enrolled in the Transportation Alternatives Program. If you have not signed up for TAP, please click here to join. With TAP membership, carpool participants are eligible for an In-Vehicle Parking Meter (IVPM).
  • IMPORTANT: In the “Comments” section of the TAP application, tell us who your carpool partner(s) will be.

Step 2 Decide who will be the PRIMARY permit holder.

  • The primary permit holder is the ONE person who will have the carpool permit in his/her name. If faculty or staff, a pre-tax payroll deduction is taken out of his/her paycheck. If a graduate student UCSB-employed at least 45% of time, payment may be made by cash, check or charge.
  • Carpool members other than the primary permit holder may apply for up to 57 hours of complimentary parking per quarter provided by TAP.

Step 3 Cancel ALL UCSB parking permits currently held by members of the new carpool group.

  • ALL UCSB parking permit holders must return their UCSB parking permits to Parking Services and have them cancelled, preferably before the 14th of the month.
  • If you return a parking permit to Parking Services, please read the following scripted message to the Permit Sales staff:

    “I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE TAP OFFICE. PLEASE CANCEL THIS PARKING PERMIT AND EXTEND MY TEMPORARY PERMIT THROUGH THE FIRST WORKDAY OF THE NEXT MONTH BECAUSE I WILL BE BUYING A CARPOOL DISCOUNT PERMIT.”

  • Sales Counter staff will provide you with a Temporary paper permit through the first workday of the next month.

Step 4 Primary permit holders: Create and/or update your TPS Online Permit Sales record.

  • If you are the primary permit holder, click Buy your parking permit HERE here or on the TPS home page to create or update your permit record. Make certain that your mailing address, vehicle information and phone number are current.

Step 5 Primary permit holders: Submit your application.

  • Send us an email. Let us know that you and your carpool participants have (a) returned all permits, and (b) completed the application to join TAP. Tell us when you want to pick up the permit: as soon as possible or the first workday of next month.
  • If your group qualifies as specified on this page, you can expect to receive an approval notification via email within two business days.

Step 6 Primary permit holders: Pick up your discounted annual permit from Parking Services.

  • The Parking Services office is open 7:30AM to 5:00PM Monday–Friday, exclusive of administrative holidays.