Parking Services

Parking Policy

Parking of motor vehicles on the campus of California State University Monterey Bay is regulated in accordance with state law (Title 5, Sections 42200 and 42201). Permission to park on the campus is granted to persons in possession of a valid parking permit subject to the conditions and limitations outlined in this document. Fees charged for parking permits are determined in accordance with Board of Trustees policy.

Issuance of parking permits

New permits are available at the beginning of each semester session (fall, spring and summer) and throughout the session. Each person purchasing a permit for a four-wheel vehicle will be issued a single permit transferable among all four-wheel vehicles driven by the permit holder. Valid permits must be clearly visible in the vehicle or a citation may be issued.

All parking permits are issued at the Parking Services Office and can be purchased online here. Parking permits are valid only in posted, designated parking lots. All other parking areas are off limits. Parking permits are required 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Types of permits

A. Annual permits

Annual permits are available through payroll deduction. Payroll deduction is limited to employees who receive 12 paychecks per year from the State Controller. Payroll deduction forms are available at the Parking Services Office and will be accepted any time of the year. Employees who elect payroll deduction for parking fees will need to confirm their enrollment each August.

Annual permits are valid in all parking spaces except North Quad and Promontory residential parking lots and special use spaces such as those designated for visitors, the disabled, state vehicles, and service vehicles.

B. Academic term and semester permits

Academic term and semester permits are available throughout each semester at the Parking Services Office or online here. A semester permit is valid for a single semester, an academic term permit is valid for consecutive fall and spring semesters. Permits are valid in all parking spaces except North Quad parking lots and special use spaces such as those designated for visitors, the disabled, state vehicles, and service vehicles.

C. Motorcycle permits

Motorcycle permits are available online for all two-wheel motor driven vehicles throughout each semester. Motorcycle permits are not valid on four-wheel vehicles.

Some designated parking areas exist for motorcycles but motorcycles may park in regular parking stalls. Motorcycle permits are valid in North Quad and Promontory parking lots.

D. Contractor/vendor permits

Contractor/vendor permits are sold at the Parking Services Online Store to people and companies providing goods and services to the University. Construction companies and their subcontractors, repair or maintenance service providers, and delivery and freight companies are among those eligible to purchase these permits.

Contractor/vendor permits are provided at the same cost as a regular semester permit. Contractor/vendor permits are valid in all parking spaces except special use spaces such as those designated for visitors, the disabled, state vehicles, and service vehicles unless otherwise indicated on the permit.

E. Day use permits

Day use permits may be purchased at the Parking Services Online Daily Store, or from permit dispensers located on campus. Day use permits are valid only for the time or dates indicated on the permit.

Day use permits purchased online may be:

Purchased for several days.

Purchased in advance.

Day use permits obtained from permit dispensers may be:

Purchased only on the time/date needed. Purchased for periods of one, two or three calendar days. Day use permits are sold primarily to part-time and temporary employees, and campus guests and visitors. Day use permits are valid in all parking spaces except special use spaces such as those designated for visitors, the disabled, state vehicles, and service vehicles. They are valid in North Quad parking lots.

F. Limited time permits

Limited time permits are issued by the Parking Services Office in Valley Hall-E for loading and unloading only. Limited time permits are valid only for the amount of time indicated and the place indicated. Limited time permits are provided at no cost.

G. Special permits

Special permits are issued at the Parking Services Office in Valley Hall-E for a variety of unique parking needs. Special permits allow specific parking privileges not available with other permits. Special permits are issued for varying lengths of time and are valid only where indicated. Special permits are provided as a courtesy, but are usually issued to persons in possession of a current faculty/staff, student or affiliate permit.

Some situations in which a special permit would be issued include:

A carpool or vanpool member driving his/her personal vehicle to campus (see section "Carpooling and Vanpooling")An employee needing to park in a restricted area, such as a service vehicle stall.

H. North Quad & Promontory permits

North Quad permits are only for residents of the North Quad Housing area. North Quad permits are only valid in the North Quad Housing parking lots 300 and 301. They are not valid in any other lots on campus or East Campus Housing.

Promontory permits are only for residents of Promontory Housing area. Promontory permits are only valid in Promontory Housing parking lot. They are not valid in any other lots on campus or East Campus Housing.

I. East campus housing permits

East Campus parking permits are for residents only. The permits are available online. Permits are only issued to vehicles registered to the residents of each unit. There is no charge for the East Campus parking permits. East Campus parking permits are not valid in Main Campus, North Quad or Promontory parking lots.

J. Supplementary permits

Supplementary permits are are no longer available as of 7/1/2015.

Community college parking permits

Effective July, 1, 2013, Community College parking permits are not valid at CSUMB. All vehicles parked at CSUMB are required to have a valid CSUMB Parking Permit.

Collaborative programs

Students who are enrolled in one of the collaborative academic programs requiring them to attend both CSUMB and a Community College are eligible to receive a special supplemental permit. These students will need to provide their program coordinator with a request for a permit. The supplemental permit must be displayed with the Community College permit. Current qualifying programs include CSin3, Nursing Program and ACE.

Parking meters

Meter parking is enforced 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Permit parking is prohibited in metered spaces.

Short term visitor parking

A limited number of green short term visitor parking spaces are available on campus for vehicles without parking permits. Parking in short term visitor parking spaces is limited to the period of time displayed on the sign. Vehicles parked in excess of the posted time may be issued a parking citation. If no short term visitor parking is available, a day use permit must be purchased. Vehicles with current CSUMB parking permits are not allowed to park in short term visitor parking spaces and may be cited.

Parking lot 97 by the Alumni Visitor Center is the designated visitor parking lot. Vehicles may park in that lot for up to 30 minutes without purchasing a permit. Parking for longer than 30 minutes requires the purchase of a daily permit. Vehicles with current CSUMB parking permits are not allowed to park in lot 97 and may be cited.

Accessible Parking

A parking fee is required to park on any California State University campus according to State law. All vehicles, including those with a distinguishing disabled placard or plate, must also display a valid CSUMB parking permit.

Parking in a posted accessible parking spaces requires:

A valid DMV issued disabled placard or a disabled person/disabled veteran license plate, AND a valid CSUMB parking permit.

Persons displaying a valid DMV DP placard or a DP/DV license plate AND a valid CSUMB parking permit may also park without regard to the time limit at a green curb, in visitor parking, or at a metered space without paying a parking meter fee.

You may not park:

  • In spaces marked with a crosshatched pattern
  • At red curbs, yellow curbs (commercial vehicles only), or white curbs (passenger loading/unloading only – driver must remain with vehicle at all times)

Important: Your parking placard or plate may only be used by you. Never loan your placard to another, or alter a placard or placard identification card.

All persons displaying a DP placard or DP/DV license plate must have in their possession at all times their DMV-issued DP/DV id card and state-issued photo id which must be presented upon request by Parking Services or a Police Officer for verification. (22511.5, 22511.55, 22511.6 CVC)

To apply for a Disabled Person temporary or permanent placard visit the DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov or call 1-800-777-0133 to obtain a form (Reg 195) for a parking placard or special plates. Qualified persons (295.5 CVC) may apply by mail or in person at a DMV field office.

Additional Information is available from Student Disability Resources and for staff and faculty from University Personnel.

Special event parking

Arrangements for special event parking must be made in advance with the University Police Department, Parking Services Office. The fee for special event parking is set by the President or his designee within the range established by CSU policy. All special event parking will be sold by the University Police Department, Parking Services office.

Carpools and vanpools

A carpool is defined as two or more people traveling to and from campus in one privately-owned vehicle. The members of the carpool must be University employees, students, or affiliates. Any vehicle driven for a carpool must display a current faculty/staff, student, or affiliate parking permit. Carpool vehicles may park in the areas authorized by the permit. No special carpool permits are available.

Members of a carpool are encouraged to register the carpool at the Parking Services Office in Valley Hall-E. Registered carpool members are eligible to receive up to five complimentary day parking permits per month. The permits allow the participants the opportunity to drive alone. The permits are not transferable and may not be accumulated.

A vanpool is defined as four or more University employees traveling to and from campus in a University-owned vehicle. The vanpool must have an authorized driver. Participation in the vanpool program is viewed as a privilege and not a benefit of employment.

Members of an authorized vanpool are eligible to receive up to five complimentary day parking permits per month. The permits allow the participants the opportunity to drive alone. The permits are not transferable and may not be accumulated. Permits/codes can only be used in the month they are issued.

Vehicles displaying exempt (U.S. Government and "E") license plates and press license plates (PP) are not required to display a parking permit. All other parking regulations apply.

Replacing lost or stolen permits

The fee for the first replacement of a lost or stolen parking permit is $20 or the prorated cost of a new permit, whichever is lower. The fee for the second or subsequent replacement of a lost or stolen parking permit is $20 or the prorated cost of a new permit, whichever is higher. The cost of a replacement permit may never exceed the cost of a full semester permit. 

The replacement cost may be mitigated at the discretion of the Chief of Police or his designee if there is clear evidence that the loss of the permit was the result of criminal action on the part of someone other than the permit holder.

Cancellation of citations

Any person receiving a Notice of Parking Violation (parking citation) issued by the University Police Department may contest the citation by following established procedures. Parking citations will only be dismissed through this procedure.

Penalty reduction

Individuals cited for failure to display a valid CSUMB parking permit are eligible for a reduced penalty if the following criteria are met:

Ownership of a valid CSUMB parking permit prior to the time the citation was written as verified by the Parking Services staff.

Citation must be disputed online by going to pmbonline.org and providing the required information to confirm ownership prior to the citation being issued. Payment prior to the imposition of late fees must be made. 

The citation will be reduced from $45 to $20 for improperly displaying a valid parking permit. The payment procedure is unchanged.

Updated September 14, 2017 LC