Permit Information & Regulations
Please consider one of the many discounted forms of sustainable transportation available as an alternative to driving and parking a vehicle on campus.
If you choose to park a vehicle on campus, some form of paid parking will be required. Parking permits are sold online through our Parking Portal. Daily and Short-Term parking can be purchased touch-free via the Parkmobile App or from a nearby parking pay station. Additional information on permit types is provided below. All forms of paid parking are nontransferable. Parking privileges may be revoked for individuals found sharing or falsifying any virtual or physical permits.
CSULB uses a completely paperless permitting system called License Plate Recognition (LPR). No plastic hangtags, stickers, or paper permits are issued or required. Your license plate will function as your parking permit.
Student permits are valid in any General (G) Lot (excluding S1) and the 3 campus parking structures unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage. Student permits are also valid in Employee (E) Lots after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and all day on weekends.
Student permits are purchased online with a valid credit card (2.65% convenience fee) or via the e-check option (no fee). Fall permits are valid one week prior to the start of class instruction and spring permits are valid one day prior to the start of class instruction. Academic year virtual permits are valid one week prior to the start of fall instruction until the last day of Summer Intercession.
For questions regarding your virtual permit, please call us at 562.985.4146 or email ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu.
Student Parking Fees (as of July 1, 2023):
|Spring 2023||$250||1/15/23 - 6/4/23|
|Summer 2023||$165||5/14/23 – 08/13/23|
|Fall 2023||$250||08/13/23 – 01/21/24|
|Spring 2024||$250||01/14/24 – 06/02/24|
|Academic Year 2023-24||$500||08/13/23 – 06/02/24|
|Monthly permit||$55||1st day - last day of the month|
CSULB uses the License Plate Recognition (LPR) as our virtual permit system. No plastic hangtags or paper permits will be issued. The vehicle’s license plate will be used to verify parking purchases. There is a 2-vehicle limit per student permit.
Students who are sponsored by various internal/external departments need to submit an application through that specific department prior to receiving their parking permit.
Examples of these departments include:
Student Financial Services then processes the request for a permit and sends an email confirmation. Vehicles parked on campus prior to receiving a permit confirmation may risk receiving a citation.
For additional questions, please contact Student Financial Services at 562.985.5471 (option 3) or email us at email@example.com.
Employee permits are valid in any Employee (E) Lot or General (G) Lot as well as all three campus parking structures unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage. Employee permits are also valid in Short-Term parking spaces after 5:30 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday night.
Employee parking can be purchased online or at the Cashiers Office located on the first floor of Brotman Hall. Payments can be made with cash, check, or debit card, online with e-check (no fee), or credit card (convenience fee applies). A monthly, pretax payroll deduction is also available online.
Monthly employee parking is valid from the first day to the last day of the month. Semester employee parking is valid one week prior to the start of instruction. Academic year parking is valid one week prior to the start of fall instruction through the end of the May Intersession. Annual employee parking is valid from July 1 to June 30 each year.
Employee Parking by Category (effective July 1, 2023)
|User Category||Monthly Deduction|
|EMP Other - Unit 4||$14.42|
|EMP Other - Units 1,2,5,6,7,8,9||$15.51|
|EMP CFA - Unit 3 (Full Year)||$15.85|
|EMP CFA - Unit 3 (Academic Year)*||$11.89|
|EMP, Casual, Confidential, Aux||$55.00|
*Rate is based on payroll deduction for 12 months. Permit is only valid during the Academic Year and renews automatically every Academic Year.
|EMP CFA - Unit 3 Permit Fees||Price||Effective Dates|
|Summer 2023||$47.55||5/14/23 – 8/13/23|
|Fall 2023||$71.33||08/13/23 – 01/21/24|
|Spring 2024||$71.33||01/14/24 – 06/02/24|
08/13/23 – 06/02/24
|Full Year||$190.20||07/01/23 - 06/30/24|
Employees who are employed at two or more CSU campuses are only required to purchase a single parking permit. CSULB has established a process with each CSU campus in order to verify your parking purchase at multiple CSU locations. Please review our Concurrent Employment webpage for full program details.
Employee Carpool Program
We highly encourage carpooling to campus whenever it is feasible. Not only do carpool members share the cost of gas and permit fees, but they can also avoid traffic by utilizing the HOV lanes on nearby freeways leading to campus. Additional information is available on our Carpool webpage.
Residential Parking is for individuals living in the on-campus Residence Halls and who have purchased the Residential on campus virtual permit.
Student Residents on Campus ("R" permit)
- Valid in Resident (R) Lots and General (G) Lots (excluding G10 & S1) all day, 7 days a week, unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.
- Overnight parking is available in Resident (R) Lots or General (G) Lots (excluding G10). Overnight parking in any campus parking structure is strictly prohibited.
- On-campus Resident (R) permits are also valid in Employee (E) Lots after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and all day on weekends unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.
Student Residents at Beachside ("B" permit)
- Valid in the Beachside Lot at all times.
- Beachside permits are valid in General (G) Lots (excluding G10 & S1) on campus after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and all day Friday-Sunday unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.
- Beachside permits are also valid in Employee (E) Lots after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and all day on weekends unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.
- Overnight parking is available in the Beachside lot only located 4835 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90804.
Resident Parking Fees (as of July 1, 2023)
|Student Resident - Academic Year 23-24||$600||08/13/23-06/02/24|
|Student Resident - Summer 2023||$195||05/14/23-08/13/23|
|Student Resident - Fall 2023||$300||08/13/23-01/21/24|
|Motorcycle - Academic Year||$300||08/13/23-06/02/24|
|Motorcycle - Semester||$150||08/13/23-01/21/24|
Employee Residents may park in any employee or general parking space on campus. Parking in designated resident spaces is prohibited.
Daily and Short-Term parking can be purchased via the Parkmobile App from the parking pay stations located within each parking area where spaces are provided. Parkmobile is a convenient service that provides reminders and the ability to extend your purchase via your mobile device. Download the Parkmobile App for Android or iPhone platforms.
All pay stations are cashless, they accept credit cards and debit cards. If paying cash, please visit the Visitor Information Center (VIC) or Parking and Transportation Services Office. Please note that all pay stations on campus are paperless. If you require a receipt, please email us at ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu with your request and a receipt will be provided for you.
Daily parking is valid in any parking lot or parking structure where daily parking is sold. Daily parking is valid in spaces designated as General Parking unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage. Daily parking is also allowed in space designated as Employee Parking after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Daily parking expires at 11:59 p.m. on the date of purchase.
An Evening/Weekend permit will be available after 5:30 p.m. and all day on weekends for $10 vs. the $15 full Daily Permit rate. This permit will facilitate parking for athletic and theater performances along with students who wish to park on campus longer than 90 min in the evenings and on weekends. You can purchase these permits at campus pay stations or on the ParkMobile App.
Short-Term parking is available in 30-, 60-, or 90-minute increments and can be purchased at the pay stations located within the parking lots where Short-Term spaces are provided. These lots include G1, G4, G10, S1, E1, E5, the Beachside parking lot, the South Turnaround, and the street parking spaces on State University Drive. Short-Term permits are valid only within the lot in which they were purchased.
Short-Term, Evening/Weekend, Daily Parking prices (effective July 1, 2023)
|Evening/Weekend - after 5:30pm (M-F), all day (Sat-Sun)||$10|
Students with a DMV-issued placard or distinguishing license plate and a valid student permit do not have to purchase an additional short-term parking permit when parking in the Short-Term parking spaces (green spaces) provided on campus. If you are a student with a plate/placard and a valid permit, you may park in ADA spaces in General Lots, ADA spaces in Employee Lots, and any Short-Term parking space.
Students must purchase a valid parking permit (daily, monthly, semester or academic year) AND display a DMV-issued placard/distinguishing license plate when parking in the ADA spaces on campus. If you have a placard AND a valid student permit, you are allowed to park in the ADA spaces in Employee Lots as well as the ADA spaces in General Lots.
Students with a DMV-issued placard/distinguishing license plate AND a valid student permit are not allowed to park in the regular Employee spaces unless it is after 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. or all day on the weekends.
Parking permits (monthly, semester, academic year) are available for purchase online from the Parking Portal, from a pay station or via the Parkmobile App (daily). Students requesting specific parking accommodations should contact the Bob Murphy Access Center at 562.985.5401 or BMAC@csulb.edu.
For Employees & Faculty
All faculty and staff using a DMV-issued placard or distinguishing license plate must also purchase a valid parking permit (employee or daily) when using the Accessible/ADA parking spaces on campus. Parking permits are available online via the Parking Portal, at the pay stations, or via the Parkmobile App. For additional questions, please contact the Bob Murphy Access Center at 562.985.5401 or BMAC@csulb.edu.
Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) for students
The BMAC permit is valid in all lots designated as Employee (E) or General (G) parking including all three campus parking structures unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage. To obtain a BMAC permit, please bring documentation referencing the need for accessibility to the Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Motorcycle permits are valid in designated motorcycle spaces only.
Please visit our campus map to see designated motorcycle parking locations. Exception: Electric motorcycles may park in EV charging spaces. Visit EV regulations to learn more about parking regulations related to EV charging spaces.
|Permit Type||FY 2023-24|
IMPORTANT NOTE: A complimentary Motorcycle Permit is available upon request to those who have already purchased a student or employee semester/academic year permit at no additional fee (does not apply to Resident Permits). Please visit the Cashiers Office on the 1st floor of Brotman Hall to request a motorcycle permit.
Academic Year 2023-24 Emeriti virtual permits are now available for processing online through the Parking Portal.
Emeriti virtual permits are valid in all lots including Employee (E) Lots and General (G) Lots, unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.
To obtain Volunteer Parking, departments working with volunteers will submit a request to PermitRequests@csulb.edu to register their volunteers in the Parking System.
Authorized volunteers will access a Volunteer Parking Permit through the Parking Portal.
Volunteer Parking Permits expire every Fiscal Year.
Activity (Club Sport), LifeFit, Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) virtual permits are available for purchase. Parking regulations for these permits are based on the permit type specified below:
Valid in General (G) Lots after 4 p.m. on weekdays (Mon.-Fri.) and all day on weekends (Sat.-Sun.). Activity permits are also valid in Employee (E) Lots after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. To obtain an Activity Permit, please fill out the Community Parking Request Form (PDF) and bring the completed form along with a valid driver's license to the Cashiers Office (BH 148) during normal business.
Valid in all lots designated as General (G) Parking and the three campus parking structures. This permit is also valid in any Employee (E) Lot after 5:30 p.m., and all day on the weekends. To obtain a Community Permit, please contact the Parking office at 562.985.4146.
Valid in E4 Permit spaces in the southern section of Lot E4. This permit is also valid in lots designated as General (G) Parking and all campus parking structures unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage. To obtain a LifeFit Permit, please fill out the Community Parking Request Form and bring the completed form along with a valid driver's license to the Cashiers Office (BH 148) during normal business hours.
Parking for campus events may be purchased via the ParkMobile app or the ParkMobile Events Module (up to 30 days prior to the event). Zone numbers are available on the app, the website or on signage posted in each lot.
Parking may also be purchased from a parking pay station located within each lot. Daily parking permits are only valid within the parking lot in which they are purchased.
Annual, academic year, and semester virtual permits are already valid during campus events; therefore, no additional parking purchase is necessary for a campus event if you are already in possession of a student or employee permit.
All guests must purchase some form of paid parking to avoid a citation. A Daily permit is available in any General Lot and valid only in the lot purchased until 11:59 p.m. Overnight parking for guests of on-campus residents is available for purchase and parking in Lot G2 only. Overnight parking is valid 24 hours from the time of purchase. Overnight parking for guests of Beachside residents is available for purchase at the Beachside Lot and valid in the Short-Term parking spaces only. Overnight parking is available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m. and valid through 9:30 a.m. the following morning.
Other overnight parking requests
Overnight parking is allowed in G2 only. Overnight parking can be purchased from the pay station in 24, 48 and 72-hour increments. The time of purchase starts the 24-hour incremental period.
Students who have a valid permit Semester, Monthly, or Academic Year do not need to pay for overnight fee but must request approval by sending an email to OvernightParkingRequests@csulb.edu. The request must be submitted 24 hours in advance. Please include the following information in your request:
- Date/time requested
- Make/model of vehicle
- License plate number
- Reason overnight parking is required (business, sporting event, field trip, etc.)
A confirmation response will be provided once your request has been reviewed.
Virtual permits may be refunded based on the current value remaining on the permit at the time of return. Specific guidelines are provided below.
Fall, spring, summer or academic year virtual permits may be refunded based on the current value remaining on the permit at the time of return. Refund applications are accepted at the Cashiers Office. Refunds are subject to a one-time, $10 processing fee.
|Student Academic Year||Student Semester||Semester Motorcycle|
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Annual, fall, summer and spring parking permits are prorated monthly, and based on the value remaining on the virtual permit. No refunds are given for partial months. Employee parking depreciates at a rate proportional to the monthly rate of the virtual permit.
Refund requests will be accepted up to the date of full depreciation. Refund requests may be sent to ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu.
Daily & Short-Term Permits
No refunds are provided for Daily or Short-Term parking purchases and all transactions are final. For additional questions, please call 562.985.4146 or email ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu.
For additional questions, please email us directly at ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu.
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