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.
Visitor Parking Permits
Visitors and guests may purchase a temporary 1-Day permit from the Main Entrance Kiosk located on Coolidge Drive, 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.
A map of both locations is available here.
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. 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.
Parking for large vehicles, such as RVs, limos, and buses, is limited to the Barn Theater lot at the base of campus. Charter buses should review the information under Charter Bus Parking for loading and unloading information.
Visitors With DMV Placards or Plates
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.
UC Parking Reciprocity
Guests and visitors from other UC campuses may be eligible for parking reciprocity (view policy pdf) when visiting UC Santa Cruz. For more information email the TAPS Sales Office.
Arranging Parking for Guests and Visitors
Campus departments expecting 15 or more vehicles needing parking permits should contact TAPS Event Parking or complete the on-line event notification form in advance to arrange for parking (both location and attendants to sell or issue permits). Information about ordering permits for guests is available on the left-hand side of this page.
Family Student Housing Visitors
FSH visitors may purchase a temporary parking permit from the TAPS Sales Office, or use the resident's space (with the FSH permit) when the resident is not using their assigned space. Visitors that park in another resident's space are subject to citation. 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. Visitors may also select from the following options:
- Use one of the 2-hour meters located in the Family Student Housing complex (map of location). Meters are available from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meters may only be used by those with a valid A parking permit after 5:00 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.
- Purchase a temporary A permit to park in any of the A spaces located at FSH. Visitors should purchase a temporary A permit at the Main Entrance Kiosk (Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 1:00pm) or from the TAPS Sales Office in the H Barn (Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm) (map of both locations). Meters may also be used with by those with a valid A parking permit after 5:00 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.