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Types of parking permits

The Housing Office issues two types of permits to students: semester permits and temporary permits. For the semester type, our online program can only accept requests for one semester at a time. We do not issue a singular "full-year permit," but we can affix two semester permits when the Fall semester decal is affixed to the vehicle. However, the two-semester option is not available to sophomores who obtain a Fall permit from the waitlist). When a sophomore is offered a Fall permit from the waitlist, a Spring permit will NOT be offered because the number of sophomore permits is limited for each semester.

When both semester permits are affixed at the same time, the student will be charged for both but at different times. A Spring permit which is obtained during the Fall semester will not be charged to the student's account until January.

See Permit requirement for students for what constitutes a valid permit. Faculty and staff get parking permits from Public Safety. 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 to serve as a temporary parking pass. Parking Notifications are not valid permits for students to operate a vehicle on campus.

Regular permit (for students with 59 or more units for the Fall semester, and 72 or more units for the Spring semester)

The Regular permit may be requested by any junior and senior who is eligible for one. Eligibility is determined by the Housing Office, and it can be affected by previous sanctions, loss of permit privileges, or units on record. Costs range from $200 to $150, depending upon the discounts which are applied. These discounts are explained under Costs.

  • A Fall semester Regular permit may be requested from July 1 - 31 for a lower cost.
  • A Spring semester Regular permit may be requested from Dec. 1 - 31 for a lower cost. If the Spring permit is obtained at the time the Fall permit is affixed, the lowest cost will be charged for the Spring permit.
  • A valid Regular permit allows the vehicle to be operated on campus "24/7" (no time restrictions) in acceptable locations (see Lot Map for areas where vehicles may be parked on upper and lower campus, and Vehicle Regulations).
Restricted permit (for students with 26-58 units for the Fall semester, and 26-71 units for the Spring semester)

The Restricted-type permit is for eligible sophomores and rising juniors (depending on the time of year). Eligibility is determined by the Housing Office, and it can be affected by previous sanctions, loss of permit privileges, or units on record. Costs are based upon the date of the permit request and the date of permit pick-up.

  • The earliest a Fall semester Restricted-type permit may be requested is 9:00 AM (PST, i.e. Pacific Standard Time) on July 1 for the following Fall semester.
  • The earliest a Spring semesterRestricted-type permit may be requested is 9:00 AM (PST) on December 1 ( for those who have not already obtained one at time of Fall pick-up). If a Spring permit is obtained at the time the Fall permit is issued, the lowest cost will be charged for the Spring permit.
  • A valid Restricted-type permit allows the vehicle to be operated on campus "24/7" (no time restrictions) in acceptable locations (see Lot Map for areas where vehicles may be parked on upper and lower campus, and Vehicle Regulations).
  • All requests which are determined as Restricted-types will be waitlisted. It may be worthwhile to be on the waitlist as additional permits may be available at a later date. However, additional Restricted-type permits for Fall semester might not be available until the Fall Holiday in October, if at all. Similarly, additional Restricted-type permits for the Spring semester may not be available until the President's Holiday in February, if at all.

Depending upon parking space on campus, road usage on Cold Springs, and the needs for special events on campus--we may be able to offer additionalRestricted-type permits later in the semester. However, when a student is offered a Fall permit from the waitlist, the Spring permit is not offered because the number of permits is limited for each semester.

Temporary permit
  • 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).
  • A student with a medical need may contact the Campus Health Center to meet with the doctor, and a student with a disability may contact Disability Services. The Campus Health Center may have some transporation options available, and can issue temporary, medically-based parking permits for students with their own vehicles. For long-term medical needs, the campus doctor or the Director of Disability Services may authorize the issuance of a full-semester permit by the Housing Office.
Parking Notifications 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).