Costs for parking permits

Some colleges and universities may charge little or nothing for parking privileges, so they must spread their costs for parking infrustructure and administration of permits to ALL students. At Westmont, we cannot offer permits to all students. Operating a vehicle on campus is a privilege which is not evenly shared by all students. Therefore, we charge a permit fee to those who obtain them.

We try to keep costs down through efficiency. In 2005, we charged $140 for a semester permit--so the basic cost for a permit has risen little in the last decade. Early requesting allows us to to process requests in advance, and prepare for their distribution, before students arrive for the start of school. Late requests, changes to vehicle information, and late pick-ups are more labor intensive. The final cost for a parking permit depends upon when the transaction has been fully completed and the permit is issued.

Cost Range for a semester parking permit: $200-$150

Base price is $200, but with discounts the semester cost can be reduced to as low as $150.

Discounts are applied for the following:

  1. $20 discount for Early Request submitted during the discount month of July. This discount will be forfeited for any permit request (for the entire academic year) from August to April.
  2. $20 discount for Prompt pick-up of decal on the first day of the semester. This discount will be forfeited for decal pick-ups after the first day of the semester.
  3. $10 discount when there is No change or edit by Housing to correct incomplete or inaccurate vehicle information. This discount will be forfeited if students are unable to provide their actual license plate information, or when they use their ID number in lieu of the actual license plate information.

Scooter and motorcycle permits

Motorcycle and scooter permits are 1/2 (one-half) the cost of a student's semester permit for a car or truck.


No payment is required at time of request, or at time of pick-up. However, the cost for a semester permit is usuallyposted to the student's account near the end of the month in which the request has been submitted.

Temporary permits

The charge for a temporary permit is $3/day, whether the permit is issued by the Housing & Parking Office, or the Campus Health Center. Students who bring a vehicle later in the semester may request a temporary permit in lieu of a full semester permit. This may result in a lower cost to the student. Charges will be added to the student account each month and/or near the end of the semester.

Cancellation policy

There is no cancellation or refund for temporary permits.

A semester permit can be cancelled only by email request. Refunds are given at the discretion of the Housing & Parking Office.

A full refund will be given for a cancellation PRIOR to the start of the semester. After the decal has been issued, that decal) must be returned to the Housing & Parking Office in order to request a partial refund. A partial refund for a cancelled semester permit will be determined using the equivalent cost for a temporary permit for the number of days in the semester in which the permit was active. As an example, if a student requests to cancel and returns the physical decal on the 10th day of the semsester, a credit will be placed on the student's account for the permit charge minus $30 (10 days x $3/day = $30).