Frequently Asked Questions About UCSB Parking Permits (FAQs)
Order an annual permit online by clicking here. All major credit cards are accepted. For more information about purchasing an annual permit, select your permit type from the menu bar above.
Some types of annual permits may be purchased in quarterly increments. For more information, select your permit type from the menu bar above.
Renewable ePermits are sold exclusively by payroll deduction to qualified UCSB career employees. Click here to learn more about our Payroll Deduction policy.
Annual permits that are no longer needed can be turned in for a prorated refund. To determine the amount of refund you can expect to receive, view the Rates & Refund table corresponding to your permit type. Quarterly permits and short-term permits do not qualify for a refund. Please click Permit Return Policy for more information.
Physical permits are not used on the UCSB campus. Your plate is your ePermit and your ePermit is active when you complete your purchase. The vehicle's license plate must be accurately entered during the ePermit purchase process. Vehicles associated with long-term ePermits must be kept up-to-date through the ePermit parking portal. Note: Only one vehicle per ePermit is allowed to park on campus at a time.
Physical decal permits are not used on the UCSB campus. Your vehicle's license plate is your permit. The vehicle's license plate must be accurately entered during the ePermit purchase process. The vehicle's license plate must be affixed to the exterior of the vehicle, unobstructed, and fully visible from the drive aisle of the parking lot or structure in order for the permit to be valid. Vehicles associated with long-term ePermits must be kept up-to-date through the ePermit parking portal.
Note: Only one vehicle per ePermit is allowed to park on campus at a time.
Vehicles displaying a Disabled placard are not exempt from the permit requirement. Please see our Disabled Parking page for more information.
EV charging stations are located on the ground level in each of our parking structures: 10 Parking, 18 (Mesa) Parking, and 22 Parking. Park your vehicle at an open station, and follow the posted instructions. Payment is required for both EV battery charging and parking. Please see here for complete information. Long-term permit holders may choose to buy an EV power permit that affords unlimited EV battery charging time.
A valid UCSB parking permit is required at all times. Click here to view your options for purchasing a short-term or long-term visitor parking permit.
View the campus Interactive Map to get help locating campus buildings and nearby parking sites.
Click here for an introduction to two widely-used employee programs: Payroll Deduction (PRD) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP).
All parking facilities, maintenance and administrative costs for parking are the responsibility of the Transportation & Parking Services units on UC campuses. As a result, Parking Services requires that all individuals utilizing the campus parking facilities pay for their access. Campus policy identifies that all users of the campus' parking facilities share in the costs of campus parking.
Parking Services' authority to establish all rules and regulations for parking on campus property is established through section 21113 of the California Vehicle Code.
Disabled individuals may be charged like any other person to enter a parking facility that requires a fee (i.e., a parking facility for an amusement park, sporting event, or special event). Similarly, the parking facilities at UCSB require a parking fee at all hours. Disabled individuals are provided with more convenient and more accommodating parking options, in accordance with CVC section 22511.5, but may still be responsible for paying for their campus access.
What does California Vehicle Code section 22511.5 mean if it does not mean that I can park for free in the specified zones?
CVC Section 22511.5 means that local authorities cannot restrict a disabled person from using disabled spaces, time zones, etc. Additionally, disabled persons may park at meters while paying the meter fee. Consistent with this section, the campus does not restrict disabled people from parking in these specified spaces. The campus does require that disabled persons pay the appropriate permit rate.