Parking Permit and TAPS Programs Applications

Please Note: You have 48 hours after submitting your online application to cancel it without being assessed a $20 administrative fee. Only one permit per person may be purchased at any given time with the exception of a supplemental motorcycle permit.

Graduate Student, Faculty, and Staff Applicants

  • If your vehicle does not currently have a license plate number please provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your permit application. 
  • Most multi-year permits don't expire until 12/31/23; check the expiration date on your permit.
  • If you are renewing an Annual Permit on payroll deduction, please choose the "Multi-year" payroll deduction option going forward.
  • Email the TAPS Sales Office or call (831) 459-4543 if you need permit assistance.

Apply for a 2023-2024 parking permit or bus pass

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Retiree Applicants

Apply for a 2023-2024 parking permit or bus pass

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Residential Freshman and Sophomore Students

  • Freshman and sophomore students who live on campus are not eligible to purchase parking permits; please note that earning enough credits (90 units) to achieve Junior status during the year won't change your eligibility until the beginning of the next Fall Quarter. Details are available here: parking/freshmen-and-sophomore-residential-student-parking-prohibition.
  • Ineligible residential students with critical parking needs may pursue parking through a parking appeal before applying for a permit.
  • Email if you have questions.

Current Permit Options for Commuting Parking-Eligible Undergraduate Students

Daily R Permit Sales
Daily R permits may be available to parking-eligible students if lots have capacity. A certain number of daily R permits are offered on a first come, first serve basis each day. Stop by the TAPS Sales Office (starting at 7:00am Monday – Friday) to check availability.

Other Permit Options
Long-term NC Night Commuter permits are currently available and allow eligible commuting undergraduates access to the Core West parking structure, the East Field House, and most college parking lots, after 4:30 p.m. The cost is $39 quarterly, or $5 nightly. Nightly NC permits must be purchased at the TAPS Sales Office (7:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday).

Short-term Medical Parking
To obtain a short-term Medical permit you need to submit medical documentation to Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS). The documentation must be from a medical professional (e.g. physician, surgeon, chiropractor, etc.) and must include the duration of the temporary parking need and the type of accommodation: Close-in, or Medical (difficulty walking more than 50 yards). Students can submit documentation for up to one month in duration directly to the TAPS Sales Office (, or call the Sales Office at (831) 459-4543 for other arrangements.

Documentation for longer than one month of Medical parking must come directly from either the Student Health Center or the Disability Resource Center.

Waitlist for Long-term Permits
Once R permits sell out, a waitlist for commuting students who still want to apply for longer-term R permits is available. To sign up for the waitlist complete the online application below.

Parking Appeal for Commuting Students with Critical Need

Commuting or residential first- and second-year students with critical need for an R parking permit can submit an appeal for consideration by exception. Carefully read the instructions and eligibility requirements before filling out an appeal form and uploading documents. For questions regarding appeals, email Patrick Randolph.

2023-2024 Parking Appeal Eligibility and Form will be available in late summer

Important Information for Residential Junior, Residential Senior, and Commuting Student Applicants

  • Please note that all C permits have sold out for the 2023/2024 academic year.

  • All commuting students and residential juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for a parking permit.
  • R and C permits are allocated on a first come, first served basis for eligible students.
  • C permit applicants be advised: TAPS will create and maintain wait lists for each C lot. Campus residents will be given first priority for C permits; after September 1st, any remaining C permits will be allocated to commuting students. When your name reaches the top of the wait list, TAPS will check the availability of the lots you specified on your application. If all of those lots are sold out, you will automatically be issued and charged (or student billed) for a remote (R) permit.
  • When paying through your UCSC Student Account, charges are not subject to late fees until after the scheduled Fall disbursement of financial aid.
  • There is no guarantee that you will receive a permit (see "completing all steps" information below). 

Completing all steps of the parking application process is necessary if you need to bring a car to campus.

  • Step One: Complete the online application (link available below).
  • Step Two: Your parking permit application process is not considered complete until we have your vehicle registration (see Step Three below) and the following items have been selected/completed on your application:  Permit type, Payment type, and Signature.
  • Step Three: It is very important that you check your email regularly in order to retain your place in line for a parking permit. You will be notified by email if we need additional information from you. You will also be notified by email if/when a permit has been processed.
  • Email or call (831) 459-4543 if you need permit assistance (with name and student ID# in the subject line).

Apply for a 2023-2024 parking permit or bus pass