Disabled (ADA) Parking
All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid campus permit.
A Disabled (ADA) placard issued by the
Department of Motor Vehicles is not a
substitute for a campus permit. The placard, however, entitles you to park in spaces
not otherwise available to campus visitors, staff or students. The spaces are described
Your best option …
If you have a Disabled placard (or plate) and are an infrequent visitor to UCSB:
Consider purchasing a daily or short-term permit from permit dispensers located in
parking lots throughout campus. View this
Short Term Rates
to determine the cost of a permit.
If you become disabled:
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the sole authorizing agency for Disabled placards.
If getting to your campus destination imposes a hardship,
we suggest that you contact the DMV
for information about obtaining an
Disabled (ADA) placard. The DMV determines the duration of the
A valid UCSB permit and a DMV-authorized Disabled placard entitles you to park
in any Disabled space on campus.
If you are a disabled UCSB student and wish to apply for a Student parking permit:
Students residing within two miles of campus need to visit the
Parking Services office
to apply for a Student permit.
Be prepared to present your Disabled certificate and placard from the DMV.
to determine whether the street on which you live is within two miles of
Students living outside the two-mile exclusion zone can apply for a Student
permit online. Click
to begin an order.
Where to park
Every parking lot and structure on campus has spaces allocated to Disabled parking. Their
are marked by
Disabled on the Interactive Map, and may be viewed
Disabled placard holders may also park in any lot or space designated for visitors, students,
faculty or staff. Time-restricted spaces may be used without regard
for the posted time limit. Parking in metered spaces without paying the meter is
allowed, provided that you display a valid placard and a valid campus permit.
Areas to avoid
Disabled placards are not valid in fire lanes, reserved or restricted areas, or in areas
not designated for parking. Parking is not permitted at red curbs or in
the blue crosshatched areas adjacent to the accessible spaces.❖
How Disabled spaces are allocated
Parking Services makes every effort to establish convenient parking spaces for disabled
The number and type of spaces are determined in accordance
with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines and specifications.
The spaces are normally installed in parking areas close to building entrances.
We consider recommendations from the
Disabled Students Program and other campus constituents to help us locate Disabled spaces.
❖ 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