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Parking Permits

A number of different parking options are available to members of the Cal Poly community, including students, staff, visitors, and more.

The following types of parking permits are available for sale and will continue through the quarter, while supplies last:

General permits

General permits are for commuter students and campus visitors

Resident permits

Resident permits are for students who reside on-campus

Parking Permit Costs

The cost of parking permits varies based on the type (residential, general, or staff) and the desired duration. Information regarding the prices of residential, general, and staff permits is viewable on the respective page of each. For a master list of all parking prices, please see the parking permit fees page.

Purchasing Parking Permits

You may purchase parking permits at the following locations and methods:

Online/Credit Card Purchase

Students/Faculty/Staff may purchase parking permit through your mycalpoly portal under "Money Matters". Purchasing through your portal assures that you will receive the correct parking permit. This is the ONLY way to pay for a parking permit with a credit card. No credit cards are accepted at campus cashiering areas listed below.

Parking Pay Stations

For your convenience, parking pay stations have been placed in near many of the lots on campus. Pay stations are available 24/7. For the locations of all Cal Poly parking pay stations, see the Parking Pay-Station Map.

Note: Pay stations accept ($1) one dollar bills, ($5) five dollar bills, and credit/debit cards. (MC, Visa, AMEX, and Discover). No change given at pay stations.

University Cashier Office

The University Cashiers office is located in the Administration Building, Bldg. #001, Room #131-E. University Cashier Office information & hours.

Visitor Information Center

Daily and Weekly parking permits are available for purchase at the Visitor Information Center. No long-term permits are sold at the Visitor Information Center.

For permits offered, directions, and hours, see Visitor Information Center.

Police Department Reception Center

Annual, Quarterly, Weekly, and Daily parking permits may be purchased at the Police Department Front Counter. See Office Hours for hours and directions.

Off Duty Staff and Faculty Permit

Prior to purchasing their permit, eligible persons must complete a request form. This form may be obtained by contacting UPD Parking Services at or 805-756-6654 and submitted via email to or turned in directly to UPD Bldg 36.

Pay for Parking Information

The concept of "pay for parking" on campuses of The California State University is at the direction of the State Legislature and is based on the theory that parking facilities must be paid for by the user. The money collected for parking permits reimburses the state for costs of constructing and operating parking facilities. Enforcement of parking regulations has been made the direct responsibility of the University. For more details, see Section 1 of Rules and Regulations.

Parking Enforcement Hours

PLEASE NOTE: Parking signage on campus supersedes website information, which is subject to change.

Parking permits are required Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am through 10:00 pm; and Friday, 7:00 am through 5:00 pm.

All other parking restrictions (red zone, yellow zone, disabled, etc.) apply 24 hours, 7 days a week.

If you have questions regarding parking at Cal Poly, please e-mail or call 805-756-6654.