Guest permit options
The Guest Permit System (GPS) offers three parking options for your department’s visitors and distinguished guests:
- Guest parking
- VIP parking
- Reserved space parking
If your department is planning an event to which you expect a large number of visitors, Transportation & Parking Guest Services provides critical traffic control and parking services as described under Event Planning.
Guest permits are not to be used by UCSB students, faculty or staff. They must be displayed in accordance with the instructions on the permit.
Guest parking allows your guests to park in a Visitor & Student Parking lot or structure on campus. You place an order online via the Guest Permit System. Your guests pick up their permits on a weekday between 7:30AM and 7:30PM at the Information Kiosk at University Plaza.
The cost of a Guest parking permit is $8.00 for weekdays, and $4.00 for nights (after 5PM) and weekends. The Night & Weekend permit allows your guests to park in Faculty & Staff Parking as well as Visitor & Student Parking.
The advantage of VIP parking over Guest parking is that VIP parking allows your guests to park on weekdays in one of the Faculty & Staff Parking lots or structures across campus. As with Guest parking, you specify an order online via the Guest Permit System. Your guests pick up their permits on a weekday between 7:30AM and 7:30PM at the Information Kiosk at University Plaza.
The cost of a daily VIP parking permit is $10.00.
Reserved space parking
Reserved space parking provides your special guests with an assured parking space in a pre-assigned lot. Your guests are not required to pick up a parking permit at the Information Kiosk, nor are they required to display a permit on their vehicle.
The cost of a Reserved space is $30.00 per day. The cost includes permission to park, a sign with the name of your guest posted on an A-frame sign support, and A-frame setup and takedown.
Please plan on placing a Reserved space order at least FIVE business days before the arrival of your guest. If you need to cancel an order, please do so NO LATER than the day before the intended date — otherwise your department will incur a charge for the labor involved in setting up the space.
Benefits of the Guest Permit System
Our Guest Permit System (GPS) allows you to choose a level of guest service and price to suit your requirements. It enables you to manage your permits and reserved spaces online. To use the Guest Permit System, obtain a GPS account for your department by clicking the Register button on the left-hand side of this page. Accounts are approved in approximately one business day. Then log into the GPS from this page to place, review, and edit orders, and to view and print billing statements. Orders placed through the Guest Permit System are reimbursed via departmental recharge. Prepaid visitor parking is paid by departmental recharge, cash, credit card or check.
For assistance in using the Guest Permit System, call 805.893.3562. To learn more about prepaid visitor parking, call 805.893.2346.