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Parking FAQ

Why do I have to pay for parking?

Parking fees are shared and equitable. All individuals who utilize parking facilities on campus must also share in the cost of providing these facilities and services regardless of status (employee, faculty, student, 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 all General (G) Lots including campus parking structures. Employee permits may park in all Employee (E) Lots or General (G) Lots including parking structures. Please review the campus parking regulations for additional student permit valid locations and information. The campus map provides detailed information about the different parking lot types and their location on campus.

Please note: During the transition to in-person and hybrid instruction, Lot G5 has been temporarily converted to Employee Parking and Lot E11 has been temporarily converted to General Parking in order to provide a closer parking option to students. 

Please visit the campus map for the most updated parking lot information.

Where can I purchase a parking permit?

Student Semester/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 parking lot. You may also purchase Short-Term parking via the ParkMobile App and receive updates on your remaining time and the option to add more time to your purchase remotely via your mobile device.

Can I purchase my parking permit at the Cashiers Office?

All student virtual permits are only purchased via the online parking portal. CSULB currently uses License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. Parking permits are verified via the vehicle's license plate. Physical permit stickers or hangtags are not issued at CSULB.

My friend is leaving campus. Can I use his/her 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 anyone attempts to illegally sell or transfer a parking permit.

How do I get a refund for my permit?

Refund requests can be made at the Cashiers Office in Brotman Hall. Fall or spring semester permits will be refunded based on the value remaining on the permit at the time of request. Summer session permits are nonrefundable. Please review the current Permit Refund Schedule by visiting and selecting the type of permit that you purchased (student, resident, employee, etc.).

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

Please follow the instructions listed on the back of your citation. You can easily pay your citation online, or if you feel you were cited in error, you may also appeal your citation online within 21 days from the date of issue.

Where is the ADA parking on campus?

Individuals requiring accessible parking spaces can learn more at Accessible Parking.