Welcome to Student Parking
This site is referred to as "parking," but it's more than simply parking a vehicle at Westmont, it's also about operating a vehicle. Westmont regulates vehicle operation and parking, both on and off-campus. Our Public Safety Department is responsible for enforcing Westmont's rules and requirements for vehicle use, but parking permits are managed by the Housing & Parking Office. This Student Parking site describes the types of permits, eligibility for each type, and how to request a permit and actually obtain the physical decal.
We require a valid parking decal on every vehicle which is parked or operated on campus by a student, but our concerns go beyond the campus boundary. Students who park or operate a vehicle in the vicinity of the campus are also subject to citation, if they violate Westmont's vehicle regulations. We have special concerns about vehicle use in this community, and we expect students to use good judgment and take the vehicle regulations seriously.
Overview of Parking Permits
We have several types of permits for upper class students: regular, restricted, GLC, and temporary. Each type has different eligibility requirements and specific limitations. Westmont is prohibited from issuing permits to first-year students, even if such students are more advanced in units and may seem to qualify.
- Regular permits are requested/reserved by seniors, and qualifying juniors. A "successful" request is a reserved permit. Students must have 59 units on record to be eligible for a Regular permit in the Fall semester. However, students must have 72 units on record to reserve a Regular permit (through the online program) for the Spring semester. Seniors and juniors are encouraged to request/reserve a permit for both semesters prior to the start of the academic year. Early requests, submitted by the end of June, are discounted. Students studying away-abroad in the Fall should only reserve one for the Spring.
- Restricted permits are requested by appeal by upper class students who are not eligible for a Regular permit. Eligibility is initially determined by units on record, and 26-58 units is the range for Restricted permits. However, even if a first-year student has sufficient units on record, the request would be denied. We issue Lower Restricted decals and Upper Restricted decals in order to regulate parking on campus and reduce crowding, so students with Restricted permits may be required to park on the other side of campus from where they reside.
- GLC decals are supplemental to Regular permits. Students must have the GLC decal in order to park in the two lots closest to the GLC. These decals are only offered to GLC residents, and they are limited in number. Students may request a GLC decal when reserving a permit, and the terms must be accepted for this decal. While the GLC decal provides convenient parking for up to 50 GLC residents, about 75 decals are issued so it is not a guarantee of a parking space in one of the two GLC parking lots. Having a GLC decal also requires that thee vehicle is cleared from the GLC parking lots upon request for scheduled events in the GLC.
- Temporary permits are requested from the Housing & Parking Office in upstairs Kerrwood Hall (near the Student Life Office). Any eligible upper class student may request one.