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Types of parking permits

Semester-long & temporary permits
  1. Semester-long permits are requested or reserved online, but the decals need to be obtained from Housing personnel. Eligible students may request such permits for BOTH semesters with the online form (OR either semester only, if preferred).
  2. Temporary permits (for short-term needs) are requested and obtained in person at the Housing Office. They are not requested online.
  3. Medical permits are usually a temporary type, but may also be issued as semester-long permits. They are arranged by the Campus Health Center or Disability Services Office, but issued by the Housing Office.
Temporary permits

Temporary permits authorize the operation of a vehicle for less than an entire semester. Example: when the regularly-permitted vehicle is in a repair shop, a temporary permit may be obtained for a different vehicle.

Temporary permits may be requested by seniors, juniors, and sophomores--but are only intended to meet short-term needs of those who are eligible for a permit. Students will be charged for them (see Costs). A vehicle with a temporary permit (4" paper square, affixed by tape) may be parked and operated on campus "24/7" in acceptable parking locations (see Lot Map and Vehicle Regulations).

Students with temporary permits may be required to park on lower or upper campus during business hours Monday-Friday, in less-used parking areas, to reduce crowding on campus lots. The location restriction would not be enforced after 4:00pm on weekdays, or on weekends day or night.

Medical permits

Medical permits (which are often temporary) are not restricted by class standing

Any student, even first-year students (who are normally prohibited from obtaining a parking permit) may be eligible for a medical permit. However, first-year students must obtain approval for a permit from the doctor at the Campus Health Center (CHC) or the director of the Disability Services Office (DSO). The Housing Office cannot issue a permit to a first-year student without such approval.

First-year students who are seeking transportation options for a medical situation may meet with the campus doctor or register with the DSO (and follow-up to meet with the director of DSO). Since it can take some time for an evaluation and determination by the DSO, students may seek out the campus doctor first. NOTE: Few medical situations result in the approval of a medical permit. The CHC may have some transportation resources available. However, the CHC can approve temporary, medically-based permits for students to operate their own vehicles.

Sophomores, in addition to seeking out the campus doctor or the director of DSO, may also communicate their medical situation in the appeal section of the online request form. First-year students do not have the ability to submit an online request.

For long-term medical needs, the campus doctor or the director of DSO may approve the issuance of a semester-long permit by the Housing Office rather than a temporary one.

Regular permits (semester-long)

These are a semester-long type of permit for seniors, and qualifying juniors. Not all juniors qualify for the Regular permit (see below, as Spring semester permits have a different qualifying standard).

Regular permits are available for reservation throughout the entire academic year, beginning June 1 (i.e. during the summer months preceding the Fall semester).

  • A $25 discount is given for early reservations submitted from June 1-July 31 (for a Fall permit)
  • A $25 discount is also given for early reservations from June 1-December 31 (for a Spring permit)

Early discounts are offered because the number of permits to be offered to sophomores is partially based upon the demand for permits by seniors and qualifying juniors. This early-request data is used to help us forecast how many Restricted permits we can offer.

NOTE: See Permit requirement for students for what constitutes a valid permit. Guests and visitors are not issued parking permits, but may have a small "Parking Notification" card (5" x 8") placed on their vehicles by Public Safety personel to serve as temporary parking passes.

Parking Notifications do not serve as valid permits for students to operate a vehicle.

Restricted permits (semester-long)

These are a semester-long type of permit for qualifying sophomores, and some juniors. Not all sophomores and juniors qualify for a Restricted permit:

  • Students who are in their first year of college are NOT eligible for a Restricted permit, even though they may have enough units to be considered sophomores or juniors. The online request program might "allow" such a student to submit a request/appeal (since access to the program is based solely upon units on record), but the request will be denied if the student is in the first year of college.
  • Students who are able to submit a request for a Restricted permit are required to include an appeal on the request form. Such requests are NOT "reserved" in the way that seniors and qualifying juniors can reserve the Regular permit. As such, they are not confirmed through the online process. Rather, Restricted permits are only offered by email from the Housing Director, after the appeals have been reviewed.
  • These permits are restricted in three ways: (1) They are limited in number, (2) they are usually issued for a single semester (NOT for the entire academic year), and (3) they require the permit holder to park in less-used parking area on lower or upper campus during business hours Monday-Friday. By filling parking space that is less-used on campus, we are able to offer more Restricted permits..
  • The restricted location for holders of Restricted permits is determined by the Housing Office, and is subject ot change. The location restriction was different for Spring 2018 than Fall 2017, as it was based upon demand for parking space on lower campus. Some Restricted permit holders will need to park must in the Abbott Tennis Court lot or the lowest VK lot (across the road from the Abbott Tennis Court lot. Others may be restricted to upper campus lots.
  • The restricted hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm.

Restricted permits are available for request/appeal throughout the entire academic year, beginning June 1 (i.e. during the summer months preceding the Fall semester).

  • A $25 discount is given for early requests/appeals submitted from June 1-July 31 (for a Fall permit)
  • A $25 discount is also given for early requests submitted byDecember 31 (for a Spring permit)

A qualified discount will apply for the semester(s) in which the Restricted permit is granted.

NOTE: See Permit requirement for students for what constitutes a valid permit. Guests and visitors are not issued parking permits, but may have a small "Parking Notification" card (5" x 8") placed on their vehicles by Public Safety personel to serve as temporary parking passes.

Parking Notifications do not serve as valid permits for students to operate a vehicle.

Fall semester permits for Juniors & Seniors

The Regular permit for Fall semester requires at least 59 units on record, and the student must not in the first year of college.

NOTE: The Regular permit for Spring semester has a higher unit standard, requiring at least 72 units on record.

When seniors and juniors go online to reserve/purchase a permit, the program should finish by indicating that a permit has been successfully reserved. Eligibility is determined by the Housing Office, but it can be affected by previous sanctions, loss of permit privileges, or insufficient units on record.

The use of alternate criteria may be requested by students who think theyshould have junior standing, but do not have the requiisite number of units to qualfy for a Regular permit. The cost for a semester permit is from $205 to $180, These discounts are explained under Costs.

  • A valid Regular permit allows the vehicle to be operated on campus "24/7" (no time restrictions) in acceptable locations. Some parking spaces and parking lots are restricted to ensure space for visitors, faculty and staff. See campus signage and the Vehicle Regulations.
Spring semester permits

Students who want a permit for the Spring semester should request a Fall AND Spring permit, or a Spring ONLY permit, at the time of their online request.

Spring permits for "rising" Juniors at the end of Fall semester

Since a large number of sophomores become "rising" Juniors at mid-year, after Fall course credits have been recorded in December, we "move the goalposts" for eligibility. Students must have 72 or more units to qualify for a Regular permit for the Spring semester. This is because we are unable to offer Regular permits to the approximately 100 sophomores who become rising juniors in December. Eligibility is determined by the Housing Office, and it can be affected by previous sanctions, loss of permit privileges, or units on record.

How we evaluate requests for Restricted permits

We understand that students appreciate learning as soon as possible about their appeals for permits.

  • We review appeals and notifyas soon as we can. However, we maynot feel confident about granting appeals for Fall semester permits until later in the summer or even early in the Fall semester.
  • Appeals are confidential in nature, and most are reasonable. We evaluate them as fairly as possible. However, it is not possible to grant every appeal. We ask students to trust our process and to refrain from asking why their appeal was not granted..
  • Students with Restricted permits may be required to park on upper or lower campus duriing the restricted hours M-F. The student will be instructed about this when the decal is issued, and the decals will have a designation to indicate these locations.
  • Students in their first-year of college will not be issued permits, even though they may have advanced academic standing and are techically able to submit a request.
  • Some parking spaces and parking lots are restricted to ensure space for visitors, faculty and staff. See campus signage and the Vehicle Regulations.
Parking Notifications are for Visitors only (i.e. not permits for students)

A small Parking Notification card (5" x 8") placed by Public Safety on a non-permitted vehicle is not a temporary permit for students (see Permit requirement for students). It serves as a citation for a student who parks or operates that vehicle, or as a temporary parking pass for visitors and guests (i.e. non-students).