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Visitor & Guest Parking Information
A valid UCSC permit is required to park in all non-meter, non-paystation parking spaces on campus. Responsibility for finding a legal parking space rests with the vehicle operator. Purchase of a permit does not guarantee a parking space in a specific parking lot. Inability to find a legal parking space is not justification to park illegally.
Permit Requirements and Regulations
All parking regulations are enforced during finals, quarter breaks, and summer. Parking permit requirements vary from lot to lot; check the permit requirement hours posted at parking lot entrances or consult a parking lot map in advance to avoid receiving a citation. Permits must be fully displayed on the driver's side of the dashboard or on the rear view mirror in a position clearly visible to Parking Enforcement officers. Parking is allowed in marked spaces only that are designated for parking.
All parking permits allow the user to park in available spaces in lots posted for that permit type during the enforcement period stated on lot signs. Note that spaces reserved for a special use or permit type will be posted either individually or for a special section of a given lot. Do not park in these spaces without the appropriate permit listed on the reserved space or reserved area signs.
Resale, transfer or use by anyone other than original purchaser is prohibited and violations of this policy are subject to citation and additional sanctions. Permit sharing may result in citation issuance, revocation or suspension of future permit privileges, refund forfeiture, and/or a referral to the Student Judicial Affairs office.
Visitor Parking Permits
As of March 4, 2013, visitors and guests may purchase a temporary 1-Day permit from the Main Entrance Kiosk located on Coolidge Drive (map of location), between the hours of 7:00am and 1:00pm, Monday through Friday. From 1:00pm to 5:00pm all permits must be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office located in the H Barn.
One-Day temporary permits cost $6.00; One-Night parking permits cost $3.00. Visitors that want to purchase temporary permits for more than one day (for up to a maximum of three consecutive days), must do so at the TAPS Sales Office in the H Barn (map). Sales Office hours are 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. A picture ID is required at the time of purchase. If you know the campus location you plan to visit, send an email inquiry in advance of your visit to obtain more information on guest and visitor parking availability for a specific area.
Information about parking for Performing Arts events is available on our Performing Arts Parking information page.
Arranging Parking for Guests and Visitors
Campus departments expecting 10 or more vehicles needing to obtain parking permits at the Main Gate Kiosk must notify Event Parking Services or complete the on-line event notification form, in advance, to arrange event parking.
Campus units expecting less than 10 vehicles may arrange for guest parking in advance by contacting the TAPS Sales Office at 831/459-4543. The following conditions apply:
Guests and visitors from other UC campuses may be eligible for parking reciprocity when visiting UC Santa Cruz.