Visitor – UCSB Parking Reciprocity

Who is qualified

UCSB offers parking reciprocity to UC faculty and staff who visit the campus on University business. Reciprocity at UCSB is honored for one to five days per fiscal year. Your current parking status, whether faculty or staff, will qualify you for a UCSB permit of equivalent status. (A UCSB “A” permit corresponds to faculty status, while a “B” permit corresponds to staff status.)

You are required to purchase a permit if you, as the employee of another UC campus, park a vehicle at UCSB more than five days per fiscal year.

Where to park

A faculty or staff reciprocity permit is valid:

  • In the lots and structures designated for faculty/staff. Be aware that some spaces within the lots are designated “Faculty Only”.
  • In student lots.
  • In time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated.

The permit is not valid where restrictions apply — for example, reserved or metered spaces, or lots/spaces marked for vendors or “H” permit holders. The permit is not valid in Coastal Access spaces on weekdays, Monday–Friday 7:30AM–5:00PM. The permit is not valid in the off-campus parking facilities operated by Housing & Residential Services.

How to apply

Applications for UCSB parking reciprocity are accepted exclusively at the Parking Services office. Upon applying, you will be asked to present an ID and evidence of your current UC parking status.

  • The University reserves the right to limit the use of parking areas to specific vehicle types as required by facility design or other considerations. 
  • The University may change any parking zone designation.
  • The University may close, either temporarily or permanently, any parking area. Advance notice of parking area changes or closings is provided whenever practical.
  • Parking permits are granted for the purpose of transportation to and from campus. Garaging (storing) your vehicle on campus is prohibited unless you are a Residence Hall Tenant with the appropriate permit.
  • Parking permits are issued solely by Parking Services based on eligibility criteria, such as (but not limited to) faculty, staff, commuter, or residential student.
  • Permits remain the property of UCSB and are not transferable.
  • Permits are issued when the applicant has paid the required fee and provided proof of eligibility.
  • Failure to provide and maintain accurate information on the parking permit application may result in citation, fine, the loss of parking privileges and referral to the Campus Police or the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.