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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! For more info., see When to request a permit

When is the physical permit (i.e. decal) required on a vehicle?

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 (see Permit requirement for 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.

Where do I get the decal for my reserved or purchased permit?

See How to pick-up your permit

Why are first-year students prohibited from getting permits?

First-year students are not allowed to obtain permits, except for verified disability or as an approved commuter due to our agreement with Santa Barbara County. For more info., see First-year students).

May I bring a vehicle for the first week of the semester only?

It depends.

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 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 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.

Can I bring a vehicle at the end of the semester to pack up and leave?

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 dorms 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.

How many sophomores will get a permit?

Sophomores are able to request the Restricted permit 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 offered 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 50 requests by sophomores for Fall, 2017. 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.

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 by the Registrar.

  • 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), 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).
Are permits required during holidays and breaks?

Yes, except during Christmas holiday 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 may 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, 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.