Visitor – Short Term Permit
❖ Visitor parking is permitted in designated parking lots, provided a valid visitor permit is displayed.
❖ Permits may be purchased from the permit dispensers located in lots throughout campus.
❖ Machine-dispensed short-term permits are non-refundable and cannot be applied to the purchase of a long-term permit.
❖ If parked at a meter, the meter must be paid. A machine-dispensed or sticker permit is not valid for parking in a metered space.
Valid parking locations
Certain lots allow visitor parking at all times (see
Visitor & Student Parking for locations),
while others allow visitor parking
only after 5:00PM and on weekends (see Faculty & Staff Parking
for locations). Several lots are reserved for specific permit
types and allow no visitor parking at any time. Please refer to the lot entrance sign to be
assured that visitor parking is allowed within the lot.
Visitor permits are valid for parking in time-restricted parking spaces for the time designated.
Other restrictions may apply to specific spaces or areas within a lot or parking structure.
The permit is not valid, for example, in reserved or metered spaces, or in lots/spaces
marked for vendors or “RS” permit holders.
The permit is not valid in the off-campus parking facilities operated by Housing &
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Short Term Rates
Coastal Access parking
Coastal Access parking in designated Coastal Access spaces is open to the public on weekdays between 7:30AM and 5:00PM.
During these hours, your vehicle must display a Coastal Access permit, which has a four-hour time limit.
One to four-hour permits may be purchased from onsite permit dispensers or the
Parking Services sales office.
After-hours and on weekends, the Coastal Access spaces are open to all permit-holders, with no time restrictions.
Visitors to UCSB’s scenic shoreline may look for four-hour Coastal Access
Card-reading meters have been installed in four locations on campus: north & south of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education,
in front of Student Health, and on Ocean Road facing Manzanita Village.
The meters accept payment by MasterCard and VISA,
at rates similar to permit dispenser daytime rates.
Coin-operated meters are located in 12 Parking adjacent to the Arts & Lectures Ticket Office, in 16 Parking across from the Recreation Center, and on UCen Road facing 9 Parking.
The meters accept twenty-five cents for every five minutes of parking.
The maximum time on a meter is posted on the meter and varies by location.
You can view the locations and time limits of the parking meters
❖ 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
❖ 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.