Grad Student Permits

B Parking Permits
Eligible Graduate students may purchase a B Parking Permit valid in most close-in parking lots and in the remote parking lots on campus. B permits may be purchased on an Annual basis, valid from July 1 through June 30, by the academic year, valid from September 15 through June 15, or on a Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly or Daily basis. Annual, Academic year and Quarterly B permits can be purchased on-line; Monthly, Weekly and Daily B permits must be purchased from the TAPS Sales Office.

B Limited Day Permits
Graduate students that have a regular schedule of 1, 2, 3, or 4 days per week should consider purchasing an B Limited Day permit; valid in all B and remote parking lots on campus. This permit is offered on an annual or quarterly basis and requires a pre-designated schedule of 1, 2, 3, or 4 days per week. The permit is valid only on the days of the week the purchaser designates and schedule must remain the same for an entire period of purchase. Permits should be returned to the TAPS Sales Office for updating if days needed change.

Daily Scratch-Off Packets
For graduate students who occasionally need to bring their cars to campus, TAPS offers daily A/B and R Scratch-off permit packets of 25 or 50. Each individual permit in the packet is valid only on the day chosen for use. Purchase is limited to 50 scratch off permits per quarter until reaching a maximum of 150 permits within a fiscal year. The packets, which are individually made, may be ordered on-line but must be picked up at the TAPS Sales Office 2 to 3 days business days later. Because packets are not replaceable if lost (or stolen) they cannot be sent to home addresses or through campus mail.

Those enrolled in an official carpool or UCSC vanpool may purchase up to one full packet (50) of scratch-off permits per fiscal year.

R Remote Lot Parking Permits
Eligible Graduate students may purchase an R Remote Lot parking permit valid in the East and West Remote and the North Remote lots on-campus, as available. Please note that the West and North Remote lots are often filled with vehicles of campus residents, and are not a reliable parking resource for those who commute to campus. R Remote permits may be purchased on an Annual basis, valid from July 1 through June 30, by the academic year, valid from September 15 through June 15, or on a Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly or Daily basis. Annual, Academic year and Quarterly R permits can be purchased on-line; Monthly, Weekly and Daily R permits must be purchased from the TAPS Sales Office.

Buying a Parking Permit Online
Graduate students may order these types of parking permits online:

  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly B Permits
  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly Limited Day B Permits 
  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly B and R Carpool Permits
  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly R Remote Permits
  • A/B and R Scratch-off Packets (Full Packet of 50 or Half-Packet of 25)
  • Annual and Academic Year MC Motorcycle Permits
  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly N Night Permits 
  • Free Remote Motorcycle Permits (no charge for permit; application is required)

Note: Annual permits are valid 7/1 to 6/30, Academic Year permits are valid 9/15 to 6/15.

To complete the online application click on the "Apply for a Parking Permit" link at the bottom right-hand side of this page.

When purchasing a permit students must submit a copy of their vehicle registration. The vehicle must be registered to the student or a family member of the student. Vehicle registrations can be emailed, faxed to (831) 459-1366, or delivered in-person to the TAPS Sales Office. Eligibility requirements apply to all online permit purchases.

Payment options include Visa or Mastercard. Payroll deduction for most types of permits is available to employees who qualify. Students may elect to pay through their UCSC Student Account (excludes all types of Temporary permits) by selecting the UCSC Student Account button in the Payment and Authorization section of the online application. 

Buying a Parking Permit at the TAPS Sales Office
Permits listed in the "Buying a Parking Permit Online" section above may also be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office. Expect to wait in line for up to 30 minutes or more during peak times such as the beginning of academic quarters. Eligibility requirements apply to all TAPS Sales Office permit purchases. 

The following types of parking permits cannot be purchased online and must be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office:
Permits for one month, one week, or one day including:

  • Temporary R Remote Permit
  • Temporary MC Motorcycle Permit
  • Temporary B Permit 
  • Temporary N Night Permit 

The TAPS Sales Office is located in the H Barn on the lower campus (map of location). Sales Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Sales Office closes promptly at 5:00 p.m.; customers still in line at 5:00 p.m. will need to return the next business day to conduct their transaction.

Buying a Parking Permit at the Main Entrance Kiosk
Enrolled students may not buy any type of parking permit at the Main Entrance Kiosk.

Family Student Housing Parking Permits
Family Student Housing residents should contact the Family Student Housing Office to obtain their FSH parking permit; parking is included in the monthly rental fee.

Graduate student residents that have more than one vehicle may purchase an R Remote permit or a B permit to park in nearby lots.

Each Family Student Housing unit is assigned one parking space to be used to park a car or motorcycle belonging to the resident or their visitor; visitors must display a valid FSH permit to park in the resident's space. All Family Student Housing parking spaces are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please check the parking designation signs for all Family Student Housing spaces to avoid a parking citation.

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