Parking at UCSB


All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid campus parking permit, or be parked at a paid-for meter. Depending on the duration and frequency of your visits, you may decide to pay hourly or daily short-term rates, or else purchase a longer-term permit that may be valid for a month, a quarter or a year, depending on the permit type.

  • 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.


Click an icon below to learn more about your permit options and costs, and the areas in which visitor parking is permitted.

Visitor parking, metered parking, Coastal Access


Parking locations, application, renewal, payment
ADA requirements, parking locations & space allocations

UC Parking Permit Reciprocity 

Faculty and staff permit holders from other UC campuses are eligible for complimentary parking permits as specified in reciprocity agreements between our respective universities. Please see the UC Reciprocity page for more information.

Oversize Vehicle Parking 

The University of California, Santa Barbara Campus restricts parking large vehicles on campus property. Generally, no person may park or leave standing any large vehicle upon any lot, structure, street or other areas within campus.
Campus property: 
All land owned, leased or otherwise exclusively controlled by the University of California, Santa Barbara such as buildings, grounds, parking lots, and all developed and undeveloped lands.
Large/Oversize Vehicle Definition:
A large vehicle is described as any vehicle which exceeds 22 feet in length, or exceeds 80 inches in width, or exceeds 82 inches in height. Note: Vehicles that are connected such as a motor vehicle and trailer that exceeds the 22 feet in length are included in this description.
A trailer shall mean any trailer, semitrailer, camp trailer (including tent trailers), unmounted campers, trailer coach, or fifth-wheel trailer.
Oversize vehicles parked in violation shall be subject to citation, pursuant to Section 40202 of the California Vehicle Code. If a large vehicle is left illegally parked or standing on UCSB property for 72 consecutive hours in violation of this article, the large vehicle is subject to removal pursuant to Section 22651, subsection (k) of the California Vehicle Code.

Need more information?

The Parking Services office continues to operate on a modified work schedule. Please visit our main page for hours and permit appliation information.  

Currently, our in-person service hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm, closing from 12pm to 1pm. 
Beginning, October 20, 2020 our office hours will be changing to Tuesdays from 8:00am to Noon and Fridays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Face coverings and social distancing of at least 6 feet apart are required for in-person service.

We are available by phone and email M-F - 8am to 4pm, the following is contact information for our various units:

Permit sales, please call 805-893-2346, or email at

Citation Administration, please call 805-893-3680, or email at

Transportation Alternative Program, or email to