Will the cost of permits increase each year?
Yes, this is a 5-year plan with the total amount of the increase spread out across the next 5 years ending in fiscal year 2025/26. Fees vary based on the type of permit. Please see the fee increase plan for specific increases.
As a self-funded program that relies on permit sales for 86% of our revenue, these increases are necessary to continue current service levels and safely maintain our infrastructure and services.
Why do parking fees go up every year?
The costs to maintain our operations increase every year based on changes in the economy and the consumer pricing index. Examples include, the cost of construction materials, lot maintenance, supplies, services and employee benefits. We have 3 parking structures on campus with up to 6 levels, 30 parking lots, 22 EV chargers, a campus shuttle service, and staff that maintain them all.
As a self-support program, our fees, primarily the sale of parking permits, provide our revenue. We increase fees to help us offset the rising costs of business so we can maintain safe and effective parking facilities.
Are student semester permits the only permits that increase?
No. Fees will be increasing for all campus permits except for bargaining unit employees who only make up approximately 5% of the total population of permit holders. These permit types include campus visitors (Daily & Short-Term), managers, non-bargaining unit employees, vendors, contractors, community, activity and motorcycle permits. For the full list of all permit types and the increase amounts, please see the pricing grid at fee increase plan.
Does the university provide funding for parking operations and costs?
No. In accordance with Education Code 89701-89704, Parking and Transportation Services has been designated as an enterprise fund. This means we are a program that must support itself based on revenue that we earn. PTS primarily earns its revenue from parking permit sales and uses this revenue to pay for its operations.
Why aren’t parking fees part of my tuition?
Parking on campus is a voluntary expense. Not all students choose to park on campus. Some live on campus, some commute via the bus, biking, walking or other forms of sustainable transportation. We only charge the individuals who park in the campus facilities for the cost of operating and maintaining those facilities.
How are these fees going to be spent?
We always provide a detailed report of our revenue and expenses in the Annual Report posted online each year after the fiscal year ends.
In short, the fees will be spent on vital construction maintenance that has been deferred, annual debt service payments for current parking structure loans, and other operational needs that are required to maintain current services.
Will there be a hardship fee waiver?
Since parking on campus is a voluntary expense, a hardship fee waiver will not be provided.
We encourage all students to use sustainable transportation whenever possible in lieu of driving to campus. By choosing sustainable transportation, students spend less money, avoid all permit fees, vehicle fees, gas, and possible citation fees. Most importantly, individuals who select these modes reduce their carbon emissions and the university is currently pursuing a campus-wide goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.
Any students experiencing extreme hardships, displacement, homelessness, food insecurity, an emergency, and/or other crisis should contact the CSULB Basic Needs Program for immediate assistance.
Can I get a discount if my classes are hybrid and I visit campus less?
Students have the option to purchase a monthly permit instead of a semester or academic year permit. Students that come to campus less than four times per month could also consider buying a Daily permit instead of the monthly option.
Please visit the fee increase plan for a full list of permit options and their prices.
Why isn’t parking free?
In accordance with Education Code 89701-89704 Parking and Transportation Services has been designated as an enterprise fund. This means we are a self-support program that is primarily dependent on parking permit revenue to pay for operations.
We have 3 parking structures on campus with up to 6 levels, 30 parking lots, 22 EV chargers, a campus shuttle service, and the staffing required to maintain and operate our infrastructure and services.
You can see a detailed report of where all the money comes from and how it is spent in our Annual Report that is posted online each year for full transparency.
What about the CARES Act money? Why isn’t that being used?
We are anticipating an allocation of $2 million in HEERF funds to assist with lost revenue for FY 2020-21. The allocation reduces our losses; however, it does not provide enough money for parking to meet its operating expenses or maintain our parking lots and structures. Additional information about CARES Act and HEERF funding distribution can be found at Federal Aid.
How do CSULB fees and parking facilities compare to other campuses?
When compared to other CSU campuses, CSU Long Beach is still 7th in parking fee expenses even though we offer the 2nd highest amount of available parking spaces and infrastructure. CSU Pomona is the only university of the 23 campuses in the CSU system that offers more parking than CSU Long Beach.
What are some alternatives to buying a permit or parking on campus?
Sustainable Transportation is a great alternative to driving to campus. Students and staff can go green and save big by traveling to campus by carpooling, bus, bike or walking. For more information on each of these different modes, please visit sustainable transportation.
What are some ways students can save money while parking on campus?
Using sustainable transportation is the most cost effective way to get to campus and save money. If you must drive to campus, consider carpooling to reduce the costs of gas, insurance and vehicle maintenance.
When buying a permit, remember that monthly permits are now available to offer more flexibility if not parking on campus for the full semester. Purchasing a daily permit is also less expensive than a monthly permit if you will be on campus less than four days per month.
Will there be improved "flow of traffic" during rush hour for students to find parking easier?
As normal parking demand returns to campus, we will continue to provide traffic control officers and off-campus parking lot options as needed.
Will there be plans to install digital signs that show if there are empty spaces in each parking lot?
Installing parking counters is a costly venture that requires video cameras and counting equipment at each of the 30 parking lots we have along with the three parking structures. PTS does not currently have the funds required for a program of this scope at this time. As technology advances, we will be looking for a more cost effective solution.
Can multiple people be on one parking permit?
No. This is considered permit sharing and according to our Parking Regulations, all permits are nontransferable and may only be used by the individual to whom the permit is issued.
For any questions not addressed in the FAQ above, please feel free to email ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu or call 562.985.4146.