Frequently Asked Questions

When do Fall 2018 permits go on sale?

Current Changes

How can I get to Cal Poly without using my car?

Are First-Year residents allowed to bring cars to campus?

What are my commuter student parking designations?

Commuter parking in the Village Dr. Structure.

What hours can I park with my permit (staff, orange, daily, or weekly)?

How were these new policies developed?

Why did Parking & Commuter Services change its name?

When do Fall 2018 permits go on sale?

Fall 2018 permit sales information can be found on main page.

Current Changes

In response to the continuing demand for parking on campus, Transportation and Parking Services is launching new initiatives and making changes to current policies for the 2018/19 academic year.

The G2 parking lot is only available for short term and staff parking. Short Term parking is available with a paid limited time permit or active ParkMobile session for a maximum of 2 hours. No other commuter permit is authorized in this lot.

To view all available parking lots visit our lot pagefor more information.

How can I get to Cal Poly without using my car?

Students, faculty and staff can take SLO Transit for free. They can take advantage of Cal Poly’s rideshare program, ride RTA or hop on a bike. These alternative options reduce the stress of finding parking and are better for the environment. Commuting information will help you find your way to campus.

Are First-Year residents allowed to bring cars to campus?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate parking for first-year residents. Please visit our Commuter Services page for alternate transportation options.

What are my commuter student parking designations?

Commuter students may obtain long and short term parking permit.

Use the designated parking map for reference to your parking location.

Short Term Parking permits (Daily & Weekly):

  • Short term daily and weekly permits are available for purchase at the Visitor Information Center, Cal Poly Police Department Reception Center (Bldg. 36) and in lots H1 & K1. Daily and weekly permits are only authorized in H1 & K1 lots between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily and weekly permits are valid in all other Commuter and Staff lots after 5:00 pm.

  • The G2 lot off Slack St. and Longview is now a short term hourly designated area. Short Term parking is available with a paid limited time permit or active ParkMobile session for a maximum of 2 hours. No other commuter permit is authorized in this lot.

Long Term Parking permits (Annual & Quarterly):

  • Rover Permit– Valid in the following commuter locations:
  • Grand Ave. Structure, Village Dr. Structure, Orange Lot, H1, K1 and outlying areas of campus.
  • Orange Permit – Valid in the following commuter locations:
  • Orange Lot and outlying areas of campus.
  • Village Dr. Structure- Valid in the following commuter locations:
  • Village Dr. Structure and outlying areas of campus.

What is a Village Dr. Structure permit.

Transportation and Parking Services allows commuters to purchase a permit for use in the Village Dr. Struture (Formally R3).

What hours can I park with my permit (staff, orange, daily, or weekly)?

All designated campus lots and spaces are enforced from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Permits are valid in sponsored guest and staff spaces after 5 p.m., unless otherwise marked. No additional evening or weekend permit is needed when you have a valid permit.

How were these new parking policies developed?

The new parking policies were developed over several months to respond to concerns voiced by students during the 2016/17 academic year. This process included research into parking patterns and demands, as well as the anticipated needs of the campus community. A primary goal of the changes was to reduce the permit/parking space ratios to improve the likelihood that permit holders will find a parking space in their designated lot. Transportation and Parking Services worked collaboratively across campus with university stakeholders.

Why did Parking and Commuter Services change its name?

The department changed its name to Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) to better reflect all of the services the department provides. The name change aligns with the department’s strategic goals to grow services into more sustainable transportation options than single occupancy vehicles and with the university’s larger sustainability initiative.