Parking and Program Rules

General Information

  • All TAPS policies are subject to change without notice. TAPS reserves the right to deny service when activity indicates the circumvention of TAPS policies.
  • All vehicles must display a valid permit to park on campus during posted enforcement hours. Notes left on vehicles do not constitute permission to violate parking regulations.
  • Only one permit per person may be purchased at any given time with the exception of a supplemental motorcycle permit.
  • For vehicles that do not have a nent license plate, a VIN is used in lieu of the license plate on the permit.
  • A maximum of four license plates may be included on a permit. 
  • Permits are only valid when the vehicle license plate number on the vehicle matches the number on the permit. It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure they match.
  • Purchase of a permit does not guarantee a parking space in a specific parking lot.
  • Inability to find a parking space is not justification to park illegally.
  • Parking out of space, outside of lines, on dirt, landscaping, walkways, or pathways is prohibited. Exceptions may be considered through prior approval by University Police. 
  • Parking to load and unload a vehicle outside of a marked space requires prior approval by University Police.
  • Alteration, resale or transfer of a parking permit or bus pass is prohibited.
  • You are responsible for the cost of your long term permit until you return it to TAPS, regardless of whether or not the permit was used. This includes a break in employment status, or due to a billing error. 
  • Each scratch-off permit is valid for one day parking and may not be reused. TAPS cannot replace incorrectly validated, damaged, lost or stolen scratch-off permits.
  • Vehicles may not be stored or repaired on campus.
  • Sleeping in vehicles is a violation of campus policy.
  • Parking permits and bus passes are the property of the University and may be recalled and/or withheld at the request of University Police or TAPS.
  • With very few exceptions, campus units or departments are not permitted to pay student or employee parking fees. This includes prepaid departmental permits.


  • A prorated refund may be generated if the permit has been returned and a refund is due. The amount of the refund will be based on the date the permit is received at the TAPS Sales Office.
  • No refunds are available during the last month of any quarterly or annual permit which has been paid in full at the time of the purchase.
  • Any active bus pass that is issued is nonrefundable unless returned to TAPS. Payroll deductions will remain in place for lost bus passes unless the pass is returned.
  • Refunds will be withheld if individuals fail to comply to written or verbal requests for permit return and/or a University Police or Parking Enforcement Officer removes the permit by request from the TAPS Sales Office.
  • You must return your parking permit to the TAPS Sales Office regardless of the permit's expiration date to stop charges accruing. Charges accrue even if the permit is not in use or is expired. TAPS cannot refund charges for permits that were not returned, even if the permit was not in use.

Lost or Stolen Long-Term Permits

If your permit has been stolen, please report the theft to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where the theft occurred. You must have a case number before a replacement permit can be issued. There will be a $20 administrative fee for the replacement. Your stolen permit will be added to a Police Lost/Stolen list. If the stolen permit is used at a later date, the vehicle in question may be cited.

If your permit is Lost, please come to the TAPS sales office to report the loss. You will be required to fill out a Lost report and there will be a $20 administrative fee. Your Lost permit will be added to a Police Lost/Stolen list. If the Lost permit is used at a later date, the vehicle in question may be cited.

TAPS will not replace short-term permits and scratch-off permits that have been damaged, mis-scratched, lost or stolen.

Infractions and Consequences

  • Infractions by students will be referred to Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action, in addition to the consequences listed below.
  • Additional loss of privileges for those students who are currently without parking privileges will begin at the time the student regains his/her parking privileges.
  • Permanent revocation of parking privileges may be enforced for repeated, willful failure to comply with written correspondence between TAPS staff and the customer in violation of policy.
  • Regardless of the circumstances, the parking privileges or restrictions on student parking permits apply to all vehicles registered to the student or his/her immediate family. The only exceptions that may be granted are when the registered owner or other member of the student's immediate family visit the campus in that vehicle.
  • Outstanding fees must be paid in full before a parking permit or bus pass will be issued, or enrollment in any transportation program is processed. Where applicable, fees may be recovered through payment methods such as payroll deduction or direct billing.
  • Repeated violations of UCSC parking rules may result in a loss of parking privileges (three months for first offense, six months for second offense, and permanently for third offense.
  • Infractions of campus parking codes (e.g., displaying or possessing a permit which has been reported as lost or stolen, alteration or counterfeiting of a permit or bus pass) may face monetary fines in addition to loss of parking or program privileges.
  • Those found in possession of a permit or bus pass which has been altered, or reported lost or stolen by another individual may be billed for the full value of said permit or pass, regardless of use.
  • Those storing or repairing vehicles on campus (including trailers, boats, etc.) may have their permit revoked, and their vehicle may be removed.

Administrative Fees

  • Fee to replace any permit: $20 (Annual limit: two times)
  • Fee to replace bus pass: $20 (Annual limit: one time)
  • All replacement fees must be paid via credit card only (TAPS is not accepting cash during the COVID-19 pandemic).


Both UCSC Parking Regulations and the California Vehicle Code are applicable on the UCSC campus. UCSC is authorized through the California Vehicle Code Section 21113(a) to establish independent parking regulations. Parking regulations are enforced through citations issued by the Parking Enforcement division of Campus Police.

Under the authority delegated to Transportation and Parking Services by the Chancellor, no individual or department other than Transportation and Parking Services may grant parking privileges on UC Santa Cruz-owned properties located in the City of Santa Cruz, including properties at 2300 Delaware and the Coastal Science Campus. All parking permits are issued solely by the authority of Transportation and Parking Services, or their designees, and are non-transferable.

The establishment, creation or discontinuation of parking permits, permit types, lot designations/uses and parking eligibilities shall be determined by Transportation and Parking Services, or their designees, as permissible by applicable state and federal law (e.g. - California Vehicle Code and/or Americans with Disabilities Act). Determining factors will be TAPS operational feasibility, reasonable and changing access requirements of the campus community and/or its members, and/or at the sole discretion of TAPS.