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Limitations for parking permits

We do not issue a single permit for the entire academic year, so students who want to operate a vehicle for the entire year need to obtain a permit for each semester. In the Fall semester, most students may obtain a Spring semester permit at the same time in which the Fall semester decal is affixed.

Permit privileges are not transferable. Students may not obtain a permit for a vehicle belonging to another student or family member, or primarily operated by another student.

All permits have date limits; they become invalid after their expiration date. Any student serving a suspension for multiple traffic or permit violations is ineligible until the suspension is cleared.

Some parking areas are restricted for students. In addition to campus signage, see the Parking Lot Map for an overview.

The DC parking lot
  • A vehicle with a Regular or Restrcted permit may not park in the KSC/Dining Commons lot during business days Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM-2:30 PM. This is the most common parking infraction, according to Public Safety. For other parking rules and restrictions, see Vehicle Regulations.
Regular and Restricted permits
  • The number of permits is limited so that we can comply with requirements in our Conditional Use Permit with Santa Barbara, and due to the number of available parking spaces on campus. Historically, we have been able to offer Regular parking permits to seniors and juniors who request them. However, we need to limit how many Restricted permits we can offer to sophomores.
  • Eligible seniors, juniors and sophomores may Request a Permit online. However, sophomores' requests will be automatically waitlisted for a Restricted. We are usually able to grant a small number of permits (perhaps 5-10) to those on the waitlist. If we exhaust the number of Regular permits (for seniors and juniors), a waitlisting may also occur. A student who is waitlisted for a permit may contact the Housing Director to appeal for better placement on the waitlist.
  • If any additional permits can be granted later in the semester, we offer them to students from the waitlist. Additional permits might not be available until the Fall Holiday in October, if at all. Similarly, additional permits for the Spring semester may not be available until the President's holiday in February, if at all.
  • Students should not bring vehicles to the Santa Barbara or the campus unless their request for a permit has been "successfully" requested online. This is the word to look for on the request program. The request program uses the word "successful" or "unsuccessful" in the screen summary at the end of the request process.