Student Parking Parking FAQ
Before the vehicle is brought to the campus!
The request program (see How to Request a Permit) is activated for the subsequent academic year prior to the summer, and it remains active for the entire academic year. We urge students to request or reserve permits as early as possible and May 1 is the earliest possible date. Sophomores who may not reach the requisite number of units to qualify for the Restricted permit by May 1 are urge to wait until their recent units have been posted by the Records Office.
On the first day in the academic semester in which the vehicle is brought to campus.
Vehicles parked or operated on campus, or in the vicinity of the campus, must have a valid temporary permit or semester decal displayed at ALL times. We require a current, valid parking permit to be displayed 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.
(see Requirements for Students).
For Fall decals (or both Fall & Spring decals, when obtained at the same time): Students who request and reserve by August 1 will pick-up their parking decal(s) at time of check-in to their residence hall. Off-campus commuters will pick-up their decal(s) from the Housing Office in Clark-N on upper campus during regular business hours (M-F).
For Spring (only) decals: Students should pick-up the Spring decal at time of check-in to their residence hall in January. Permits not obtained from their RD will be returned to the Housing Office in Clark-N. Permits which are not picked up remain on file and students will not be refunded after the 10th week of the semester.
First-year students are not allowed to obtain permits, except for verified disability or as an approved commuter due to our Conditional Use Permit with Santa Barbara County.
For more info, see First-Year Students.
If you are an upper class student who brings a vehicle to campus the first week of school BUT are not able or planning to obtain a semester permit, you should obtain a short-term temporary permit from the Housing & Parking Office in Clark-N until you can remove the vehicle.
If you are a first-year student, you are prohibited from getting any type of permit. If you bring a vehicle, it must be removed from campus before the semester commences. The vehicle may not be parked in the vicinity of the campus, as this is a violation of our agreement with Santa Barbara County.
Yes. Permits are not required the last week of residence each semester (i.e. from the last day of classes in the semester until the residence halls close). Any student may bring a vehicle to campus at the end of the semester (i.e. finals week) for the purpose of transporting home.
Sophomores are able to request the Restricted permit by appeal prior to the start of each semester, but the number of Restricted permits is very limited. All sophomores must state the reason(s) for wanting/needing a permit in the appeal box on the online request form.
The number of Restricted permits made available depends upon two factors: projected parking space on campus, and whether or not road usage by the Westmont community can handle more vehicles in the area. We granted about 50 requests by sophomores for Fall, 2018. We may be able to offer a small number of additional Restricted permits in September, but that cannot be determined in advance.
Sophomores should not bring vehicles to the Santa Barbara or the campus unless they have requested a permit online AND they have been notified by the Housing Director that their request/appeal has been granted.
Contact the Housing & Parking Office for assistance!
You should contact the Housing & Parking Office before proceeding to request a permit. Eligibility is primarily based upon academic criteria, and your eligibility may be affected by coursework which has not yet been recorded by the Records Office.
- If you are in your second year of college but do not have the requisite number of units on your Westmont record to qualify for a Restricted permit (i.e. 26-58 units), you should ask the Housing Director for eligibility based upon alternate criteria (i.e. semesters attended full-time in college after your high school graduation year).
- If you are in your third year of college but do not have the requisite number of units on your Westmont record to qualify for a Regular permit (i.e. >58 units for a Fall permit; >72 units for a Spring permit), you should ask the Housing Director for eligibility based upon alternate criteria (i.e. semesters attended full-time in college after your high school graduation year).
Yes, except during Christmas holiday and Spring recess. Students may park on campus without a permit during Christmas holiday and Spring break.
No permit is required during Mayterm or the summer period.
Students who wish to leave a vehicle on campus for any portion or all of the summer period should contact Tom Bauer, Public Safety Director, for information. Scheduled repairs for the parking lots during the summer will not be known until April. Vehicles should not be left on campus without arranging this in advance with Tom Bauer.