Costs for parking permits

Some colleges and universities may charge little or nothing for parking privileges, so they must spread their costs for parking infrustructure and administration of permits to ALL students. At Westmont, we cannot offer permits to all students. Operating a vehicle on campus is a privilege which is not evenly shared by all students. Therefore, we charge a permit fee to those who obtain them.

We try to keep costs down through efficiency. In 2005, we charged $140 for a semester permit--so the basic cost for a permit has risen little in the last decade. Early requesting allows us to to prepare for the processing of permits in advance, when demands are fewer in the Housing Office. Late requests, changes to vehicle information, and late pick-ups are more labor intensive. The final cost for a parking permit depends upon when the transaction has been fully completed and the permit is issued.

Cost Range for a semester parking permit: $200-$150

Base price is $200, but with discounts the semester cost can be reduced to as low as $150.

Discounts are applied for the following:

  1. $20 discount for Early Request submitted during the Discount month*
  2. $20 discount for Prompt pick-up of decal on the first day of the semester
  3. $10 discount when there is No change or edit by Housing to correct incomplete or inaccurate vehicle information. Students have access to make their own edits until the end of the discount month. After that, edits need to be made by Housing.
*Discount months

Request Fall semester permit in July for discount; Request Spring permit in December.

Special note about Spring permits

Students may obtain a Spring semester permit IN PERSON while they are picking up a Fall permit, but a Spring-ONLY permit cannot be requested online until December. If the student has not been previously waitlisted for a permit, the Spring semester decal will be affixed to the vehicle at that time. If the student has been waitlisted, a Spring permit will not be offered at time of Fall pick-up. This opportunity for an early Spring permit is only at the time of Fall permit pick-up.

Scooter and motorcycle permits

Motorcycle and scooter permits are 1/2 (one-half) the cost of a student's semester permit for a car or truck.


No payment is required at time of request, or at time of pick-up. The permit charge will be posted to the student account once the transaction has been completed and the decal has been issued.

Temporary permits

The charge for a temporary permit is $3/day, whether the permit is issued by Housing or the Campus Health Center. Students who bring a vehicle later in the semester may request a temporary permit in lieu of a full semester permit. This may result in a lower cost to the student. Charges will be added to the student account each month and/or near the end of the semester.

Cancellation policy

There is no cancellation or refund for temporary permits.

A semester permit can be cancelled only by email request. Refunds are given at the discretion of the Housing Office.

A full refund will be given for a cancellation prior to the start of the semester, and after the physical permit (i.e. decal) has been returned. After the semester has commenced, a partial refund for a cancelled semester permit will be determined using the equivalent cost for a temporary permit for the number of days in the semester in which the permit was active. As an example, if a student requests to cancel and returns the physical decal on the 10th day of the semsester, a credit will be placed on the student's account for the permit charge minus $30 (10 days x $3/day = $30).