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Parking FAQ

Answers to common questions regarding parking on campus.


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?

Paid parking is required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when parking on campus.

Where can I park?

Students may park in areas designated as General Parking, if they have purchased a student virtual permit or daily parking. Please review the campus parking regulations for additional student parking information. You may also review the campus map for detailed information regarding all parking locations on campus. 

Where can I purchase a virtual parking permit?

Student semester and academic year parking can be purchased through our online parking system. Daily and Short-Term parking is available at the parking pay stations located within each lot on campus.

Can I purchase my semester or academic year parking at the Cashiers Office?

All student virtual permits must be purchased through our online parking system. CSULB currently uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) permitting technology. Paid parking is verified via your license plate. Physical student permits are no longer distributed.

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

Paid parking is nontransferable and can only be used by the individual who purchased it. Parking privileges will be revoked for any individuals found in violation of CSULB’s parking regulations. Please notify University Police at 562.985.4101 immediately if someone attempts to sell or transfer a form of paid parking.

How do I get a refund for my virtual permit?

Refund requests must be made at the Cashiers Office in Brotman Hall. Fall or spring virtual permits will be refunded based on the value remaining at the time of return. Refund applications are accepted at the Cashiers Office. Winter and summer virtual permits are nonrefundable.

I received a parking citation. What do I do next?

Please follow the instructions listed on your citation. You may pay your citation online. 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.