Limitations for parking permits

We do not issue a single permit for the entire academic year, so students who want to operate a vehicle for the entire year need to obtain a permit for each semester. In the Fall semester, most students may obtain a Spring semester permit at the same time in which the Fall semester decal is affixed. Sophomores who are offered Fall permits from the waitlist are not offered the Spring permit.

Permit privileges are not transferable. Students may not obtain a permit for a vehicle belonging to another student or family member, or primarily operated by another student.

All permits have date limits; they become invalid after their expiration date. Any student serving a suspension for multiple traffic or permit violations is ineligible until the suspension is cleared.

Some parking areas are restricted for students. In addtion to campus signage, see the Pkg Lot Map for an overview.

The DC parking lot
  • A vehicle with a Regular or Soph permit may not park in the KSC/Dining Commons lot during business days Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM-2:30 PM. This is the most common parking infraction, according to Public Safety. For other parking rules and restrictions, see Vehicle Regulations.
Restricted permits
  • The number of permits is so limited that we do not expect to be able to grant any permits to sophomores (i.e. students with <59 units on record prior to the Fall semester), or rising juniors in December (i.e. students with <72 units on record after Fall credits are recorded).
  • However, eligible students are allowed to Request a Permit online for either semester. When done so, this category of permit is called a Restricted-type, and such requests will be waitlisted. It may be worthwhile to be on the restricted-type waitlist as additional permits may become available at a later date. However, such restricted-type permits for Fall semester might not be available until the Fall Holiday in October, if at all. Similarly, additional permits for the Spring semester may not be available until the President's holiday in February, if at all. Students should not bring vehicles to the Santa Barbara or the campus unless their request for a permit has been successfully requested online. The request program uses the word "successful" or "unsuccessful" in the screen summary at the end of the request process.