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FAQs about student parking permits

When must a permit be requested or purchased online?

Before the vehicle is brougnt to the campus!

When is the physical permit required on a vehicle?

On the first day the vehicle is brought to campus.

Vehicles parked or operated on campus by students must have a valid temporary permit or semester decal displayed at ALL times (see Permit requirement for students). First-year students are not allowed to obtain permits, except for verified disability or as an approved commuter (See First-year students).

Students have until 5:00 PM on the first THURSDAY of the semester to get a valid permit on the vehicle. Public Safety issues citations for permit violations after 5:00 PM on the first Thursday. If you are an upper class student who brings a vehicle to campus the first week of school BUT are ineligible for a semester permit, you should obtain a short-term temporary permit until you can remove the vehicle.

Permits are not required from the last day of classes until the dorms close, so any student may bring a vehicle to campus at the end of the semester (i.e. finals week) for the purpose of transporting home.

How many sophomores will get a permit?

Sophomores are able to request the Sophomore type of permit prior to the start of each semester, but the number of Soph permits which will be granted 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. In Fall 2016, we were able to offer 20 permits to sophomores in August, and 20 more in late August/early September.

Additional Soph permits may be made available later in the semester, depending on the two factors mentioned above. Additional permits might not be available until the Fall Holiday in October, if at all. Similarly, additional Soph permits for the spring semester may not be available until the President's holiday in February, if at all. Sophomores should not bring vehicles to the Santa Barbara or the campus unless they have successfully requested a permit online.

I'm a transfer. How do I find out if I can get a permit?

Contact the Housing & Parking Office for assistance!

It's best to 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 not-yet-recorded.

  • 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 sophomore permit (i.e. 25-58 units), you should ask the Housing Director for eligibility based upon alternate criteria (i.e. semesters attended in college).
  • 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), you should ask the Housing Director for eligibility based upon alternate criteria (i.e. semesters attended in college).
Are permits required during holidays and breaks?

Yes, except during Christmas vacation and Spring recess. Students may park on campus without a permit during Christmas holiday and Spring break.

How do I get a permit for Mayterm? What about summer parking?

Students with valid spring permits do not need to obtain a different permit for Mayterm because the spring semester permit is valid through Mayterm. All others should obtain a permit during Mayterm check-in or in-person at the Housing Office. There is no cost for a parking permit during Mayterm.

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, in April for information. Scheduled repairs and projects in 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.