Arranging Parking for Guests

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, TAPS is not selling temporary permits in person at this time. Visitors may purchase a temporary 1-Day permit online and arrange to pick it up at the TAPS Sales office. Please allow 72 hours for processing. The cost of guest parking permits is $10 per day or $5 per evening (after 3:30pm). TAPS has also added several daily parking zones throughout campus that may be paid for via ParkMobile. See our ParkMobile and Paystation page for more information

A map of the TAPS Sales Office is available here.

Purchasing Permits for Guests

Departments can use the recharge process to order permits for their guests. A parking-specific recharge form is available for downloading. Submit a completed and signed recharge form (include FOAPAL) via email to, or via fax to (831) 459-1366. Allow up to 72 business hours for processing. This time may be longer during our peak season.

Please Note: Per University of California regulations, departmental permits are for guests only and may not be used by UC Santa Cruz affiliates.* Failure to adhere to this regulation may result in the suspension of departmental permits for your unit.

*There are rare exceptions to this policy; contact the TAPS Sales Office to find out if an exception applies to your situation.

Cost of Pre-Paid Permits

  • Full day guest permit: $10

  • 4-hour permit: $5 (department or visitor writes in the start time)

Permit Pickup

Departments can pick up pre-paid permits to distribute themselves, or can request that permits be held at the TAPS Sales Office for guest pickup. In order to help maintain social distancing, please direct guests to call the TAPS Sales Office at (831) 459-4543 to arrange a curbside pickup for a permit. 

For 15 or more guests: please notify Event Parking at (831) 459-1097 or fill out their online event notification form. Event Parking will arrange to have student attendants stationed where your guests will park, and can sell or issue pre-paid permits to them there.

If your guest will be arriving after 5:00pm, they may need to rely on metered or paystation parking. However, please check with us, as we might be able to suggest a better alternative.

For any reservations made after 3pm or same day requests (if able to be accommodated), the permits will be available for pick up at the parking sales office. You will find a link below to a map to the sales office. Please provide this map to guests if needed.

Send us an email (, and put your department name and the date of the guest’s arrival in the subject line. We will send you a confirming email when we’ve processed your reservation. 
  • In the body of the email, please include:
  • Guest name
  • Date of arrival
  • Type of permit (4-hour or full day)
  • Department folder name
  • Estimated time of arrival
  • Special instructions or directions

Hours and Other Important Information

The TAPS Sales Office is open from 7:00am–5:00pm.

Before you make a reservation, please check your prepaid permit inventory by accessing your Department's Recharge Permit Log in the Google Drive that is shared with all Department folder contacts.

Your permit will only be issued when your guest arrives. If the guest does not come, the permit goes back into your inventory – no need to telephone or email if there is a cancellation.

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