Disabled and Medical Parking

UC Santa Cruz has two types of parking spaces for those who have disability-related parking needs:  standard and van-accessible disabled (or ADA) parking spaces, which are outlined in blue stripes and have a loading zone next to them, and Medical spaces. Medical spaces are standard-sized parking spaces, and are intended for those who need close-in parking due to a medical condition, but who don’t require the extra space provided by ADA parking spaces. 

Note: Visitors with DMV placards or plates may park for free in DMV spaces, Medical spaces, meters or paystations without additional payment, or in time zones (e.g., 10-, 15-, or 20-minute spaces) for longer than the posted time. DMV placards are not valid in spaces reserved for departments, individuals, contractors, carpools or vanpools, or in lots solely designated for “C” permit holders.

If You Have a DMV placard or license plate:
Anyone with a DMV placard or license plate may park in the following spaces; however, affiliates (e.g., faculty, staff, students, volunteers, those receiving remuneration for services, and those participating in University programs) must also display a valid UCSC parking permit:

  • ADA (a.k.a. Accessible) parking spaces
  • A spaces
  • Medical spaces
  • in time zones (e.g., 10-minute spaces) for longer than the time specified
  • in meters and paystation spaces without additional payment when no other parking is available
  • out of a marked parking space, as long as you don’t park in fire lanes, tow-away zones, or next to red curbs. You also can’t block other vehicles, access to dumpsters or loading docks, buildings, sidewalks, pathways, or traffic.

For campus affiliates, the use of a DMV placard or license plate alone, without a UCSC parking permit, is permissible only in metered spaces; parking without a campus permit in an ADA space – even with a DMV placard – is a ticketable offense. 

If You Don't Have a DMV placard or license plate:
You may apply for a Medical parking permit. This requires submitting medical documentation to Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS). The documentation must be from a medical professional (e.g., physician, surgeon, chiropractor, optometrist, etc.), and should include the duration of the close-in parking need. Students can submit documentation from the Student Health Center or the Disability Resource Center. Please email the documentation to: tapssales@ucsc.edu, or call the Sales Office at 831/459-4543 for other arrangements. 

If You have a Medical permit, you may park in:

  • Medical spaces
  • A spaces

The second page of the campus parking map includes a list of each parking lot and the types of parking available in each, including Medical spaces. Need additional information? Send us an email inquiry or call 831/502-7942.

If you are a student who is otherwise ineligible to purchase a parking permit, but have frequent off-campus medical or dental appointments:

Request an exception to the parking permit prohibition:

  • download the Parking Prohibition Appeals packet
  • to expedite your appeal, submit all required documentation and your appeal form simultaneously
  • do not submit a parking permit application with your appeal; if your appeal is approved, then you will submit a permit application online
  • understand that temporary permits will not be issued while an appeal is pending