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 16, 2019 through June 12, 2020, or on a Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly or Daily basis. Annual, Academic year and Quarterly B permits can be purchased online; 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 a 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. Changes to limited day permits may be made during the first two months of any quarter. Limited day permits may be augmented by purchasing a packet of scratch off permits.

Daily Scratch-Off Packets
For graduate students who occasionally need to bring their cars to campus, TAPS offers daily A and R Scratch-off permit packets of 10. 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 online but must be picked up at the TAPS Sales OfficeBecause 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 calendar year.

R Remote Lot Parking Permits

Eligible Graduate students may purchase an R Remote Lot parking permit valid in the East and West Remote lots on-campus, as available. Please note that the West Remote lot is often filled with vehicles of campus residents, and is 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 16, 2019 through June 12, 2020; or on a Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly or Daily basis. Annual, Academic year and Quarterly R permits can be purchased online; 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
  • Quarterly B and R Carpool Permits
  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly B and R Carpool Permits
  • Annual, Academic Year, and Quarterly R Remote Permits
  • A and R Scratch-off Packets (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)
  • Supplemental MC Motorcycle with Annual or Academic Year B or R Permit

Note: Annual permits are valid 7/1 to 6/30, Academic Year permits are valid 9/14/20 to 6/10/21.

When purchasing a permit students must submit a copy of their vehicle registration. The vehicle must be registered to the student or an immediate family member of the student who is not an affiliate of UCSC. 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, Mastercard, or Discover. 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

TAPS strongly encourages everyone to renew their permits online and elect to receive them via US Mail at an off-campus address in order to maintain distancing and minimize in-person contact in the TAPS Sales Office. Appointments and questions should be conducted over the phone or via Zoom when possible.  

You may schedule an in-person or Zoom appointment by calling the TAPS Sales office at (831) 459-4543 or (831) 502-7942. If permits must be picked up in person, TAPS will offer a curbside/vehicle pick-up option. Please expect delays. 

If you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms, do not come to the TAPS Sales Office in person. 

Before coming to the TAPS Sales Office in person, please call (831) 459-4543 or (831) 502-7942 to determine whether you need to schedule an appointment. For transactions that MUST be conducted in person, the TAPS Sales Office will reopen for the public beginning July 1st with the following distancing protocols in place:

  • Only two customers will be allowed inside the TAPS Sales Office at one time.
  • The line outside the office will include markers for 6 ft. separation
  • Pre-scheduled appointments will occur in a TAPS Office located in the Central Garage Building. 
  • Masks or fabric face coverings will be required when inside buildings or when interacting with people at a distance closer than 6 feet (including in-vehicle permit pick-up and other transactions conducted outside the TAPS Sales Office).
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas
  • Addition of plexiglass barriers at sales windows
  • No cash or check payments. Only credit card, payroll deduction and student account payments will be accepted.

Buying a Parking Permit at the Main Entrance Kiosk
Students enrolled during the academic year 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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