Eligibility for parking permits

Eligibility for parking permit privileges is determined by the Housing Office. First-year students are not eligible for permit privileges (with few exceptions, see First-year students) because Santa Barbara County prohibits Westmont from issuing permits to first-years, or for any vehicle which is owned by or affiliated with a first-year student. Students are prohibited from using their own eligibility to request permits on behalf of other students, or other students' vehicles. Also, any student serving a suspension for multiple traffic or permit violations is ineligible until the suspension is cleared.

Eligibility is primarily based on class standing, but alternate criteria may be used at the discretion of the Housing Office. We will consider the number of full-time semesters completed in college after one has graduated from high school (i.e. 4 F/T already-completed semesters for Fall permits; 5 F/T already-completed semesters for Spring permits). College coursework taken prior to high school graduation is not considered for the alternate criteria, but it may be helpful as part of the unit total. If students are not eligible based upon units, they may contact Housing and request consideration by this alternate criteria.

Regular permits

Students must have 59 or more units on record at Westmont to be eligible for a Regular permit for the Fall semester, and 72 or more units to be eligible for a Regular permit for the Spring semester. These units allow requests to be considered, but we also limit the total number of permits so having the requisite number of units does not guarantee that a permit will be offered.

Returning and new students (transfers, consortium visitors) who do not have the requisite units on record, but have attended college for the requisite number of semesters, may contact Housing for assistance with eligibility. Juniors and seniors are prohibited from using their eligibility to obtain permits for sophomores or first-years.

Restricted permits

We formerly offered a restricted type of permit to sophomores. These are not available at this time. If a restricted permit is offered in the future, they will be few in number and may require that the vehicle be parked in a remote, less-utilized parking lot on campus. Students will need to have 26 or more units on record to be eligible for the Restricted permit, and not be considered a first-year by the college (i.e. first year attending college). Transfer students should contact Housing in June to request assistance with eligibility, since they may not have the requisite number of units on record to be eligible during the online process. All requests for Restricted permits are waitlisted. It may worthwhile to be on the waitlist if such permits are granted later in the semester, if at all. Sophomores are prohibited from having juniors or seniors obtain permits on their behalf.

Temporary permits

Any upper class student (i.e. sophomore, junior or senior) may request a temporary permit from the Housing Office, but medically-related requests are not handled by the Housing Office. A student with a medical need should contact the Campus Health Center to meet with the doctor. The Campus Health Center may have some transportation options available, and can issue temporary parking permits for students with their own vehicles. A student with a disability may contact the Disability Services. For long-term medical needs, the campus doctor and the Director of Disability Services may authorize issuance of a full-semester permit from the Housing Office.