The California Vehicle Code (Section 21113) 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.
Common parking violations
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, please see our
Disabled Parking policy.
2. Look at your permit
The permit will state the type of lot in which you can park (Student, Visitor,
RS2, etc.). Be sure to park only in lots or spaces specified by your permit type.
Long-term permits have three primary designations: Student (C),
Staff (B) or Faculty (A). Student permits
are valid in Visitor/Student lots; Staff and Faculty
permits are valid in Staff/Faculty lots.
3. Permits Must be Correctly Displayed
Annual and quarterly permits must be displayed in 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. Short-term permits must be
displayed according to the instructions on the permit.
4. Check the signs and curb stops
Before parking your vehicle check the parking signs. Each lot has one or more entrance
signs that provide information on the type(s) of permit(s) that are authorized.
In addition, individual spaces within the lots may be marked for a specific type
of permit. These spaces may be used only by those displaying the corresponding permit.
5. Areas Enforced 24 Hours
Certain lots and spaces on campus require a specific type of permit at all times,
including weekends and holidays. Watch for signage or curb markings 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, also enforced at all times.
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
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
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. Contact
if you have questions about our holiday parking policy.
10. School Breaks
Permit requirements during school breaks do not differ from requirements when school
is in session.
11. Disabled Parking Spaces, Cross-Hatched Areas, and Access
California Vehicle Code regulations are enforced at all times. Parking in handicap
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
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