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Parking FAQ

Why do I have to pay for parking?

Parking fees are shared and equitable. All individual who utilize parking facilities on campus must also share the cost of providing these facilities and services on campus regardless of status (employee, student, visitor, etc.) or guest designation. Title 5, Article 7, Section 42201(a) of the California Code of Regulations states that “the university president may grant permission for the parking of vehicles on campus to those persons who have paid a parking fee."

When are parking permits required?

Parking is enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. If you choose to park on campus, some form of paid parking is required.

Where can I park?

Students permits and Daily Permits may park in areas designated as General Parking (G Lots, including Parking Structures). Please review the campus parking regulations for additional student permit valid locations and information. The campus map provides detail regarding the location of General Lots and Parking Structures. 

Where can I purchase a virtual parking permit?

Student Semester or Academic Year parking can be purchased online via our online parking portal. Daily or Short-Term parking is available at the parking pay stations located within each lot. Short-Term parking may also be purchased via the ParkMobile App.

Can I purchase my parking permit at the Cashiers Office?

All student virtual permits are purchased via the online parking portal. CSULB currently uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. Parking permits are verified via your license plate. Physical permit stickers or hangtags are no longer issued.

My friend is leaving campus. Can I use the rest of their virtual permit?

Permits are nontransferable and may only be used by the individual who purchased them. Parking privileges will be revoked for any individuals found in violation of CSULB’s parking regulations regarding permit sharing. Please notify University Police at 562.985.4101 if someone is attempting to sell or transfer a form of paid parking to you.

How do I get a refund for my permit?

Refund requests can be made at the Cashiers Office in Brotman Hall. Fall or spring permits will be refunded based on the value remaining at the time of return. Refund applications are accepted at the Cashiers Office. Summer permits are nonrefundable. Please review the current Permit Refund Schedule by visiting and selecting the type of permit purchased (Student, Resident, Employee, etc.).

I received a parking citation. What should I do?

Please follow the instructions listed on your citation. You can easily pay your citation online, or if you feel you were cited in error, you have the option of appealing your citation online within 21 days from the date of issuance.