It is the responsibility of all drivers to know and understand the University parking rules and regulations. Parking regulations are enforced 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Please obey all posted signs and/or curb markings.

  • A current valid CSULA parking permit must be properly displayed and visible on the rear-view mirror of the vehicle or placed face up on the driver’s side dash. Expired permits and/or daily parking permits must be removed before displaying a current permit. Note: Expiration dates are printed on each permit and it must be visible.
  • Quarter and Annual permits may be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Service Center (P&T), located south of Lot 3. All permits go on sale beginning the 10th week of each previous quarter. To purchase a Student or Motorcycle/Moped permit online, please go to: CashnetSmartPay. Permit will arrive in 7-10 business days. Resident and Faculty/Staff permits must be purchased in person at the P&T. Daily parking permits are only available for purchase through parking dispensing machines located in all student lots. Current permits must be properly displayed on the first day of each quarter.
  • Lost permits will not be replaced. Purchase of a parking permit does NOT guarantee a parking space at any given time on campus. For parking refunds, permit must be returned to the P&T Service Center; click here for Refund Policy.
  • Owners of convertible or open vehicles (i.e., Jeeps) are responsible for securing their parking permit. If stolen due to open access, the permit will NOT be replaced.
  • Should you forget your valid parking permit, you may purchase a daily permit at any of the parking permit dispenser machines conveniently located in Lots 1, 2, 5, 7, and 11, Parking Structure A (all levels), Parking Structure B (C-Level) and Parking Structure C (Yellow Level). Daily permits must be displayed face-up on the driver's side dash with the valid date/time shown. Failure to display your permit correctly may be plausible cause for citation.
  • Vehicles parked in unauthorized parking areas/zones are subject to citation and/or tow-away.
  • Overnight parking for Resident guests is allowed only in the Residential parking area Lot 7 with a valid parking permit. Overnight parking for eligible commuters is allowed with prior approval from Parking and Transportation Service Center, (323) 343-6117.

Citation Appeals

What if I get a parking ticket? How do I pay for it?

Payment for citations should be made within 21 calendar days of receiving the citation. Payments can be made:

  • By mailing your payment to the address located on the citation.
  • Online at
  • In person with check or cash at the Parking & Transportation Service Center.
  • In the citation payment drop-box in front of Public Safety (check or money order only please)

If payments are received after the due date, a delinquent fee will be assessed to your fine and will be included on your Delinquent Courtesy Notice. Failure to pay a citation may result in a DMV hold and a university hold being placed on your record. Having five or more outstanding citations may result in your vehicle being removed (towed) from campus.

How can I contest a parking ticket?

Step One: Initial Review

A request for an Initial Review of a ticket can be made by submitting a Parking Citation Contest form to the Public Safety Front Desk. This request must be submitted within 21 calendar days of receiving the citation or within 14 calendar days of receiving the Delinquent Courtesy Notice. Responses will be mailed to the name and address supplied on the form.

Contest Forms are available at our Front Desk or online at You may return the Contest Form:

  • In person Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 8 am to 12pm.
  • By fax at: (323) 343-3724.
  • By mail at: Public Safety/Parking Services, 5151 State University Dr., Public Safety Bldg, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

Step Two: Administrative Hearing

If you are not satisfied with the Initial Review results, requests for an Administrative Hearing can be made by returning the Request enclosed in your Initial Review response. Please note that the Request must be made for an Initial Review before requesting an Administrative Hearing. The request for the Administrative Hearing must be made within 21 days of the results from the Initial Review. No money is required to request an Initial Review, but all fees due from the Citation must be paid before an Administrative Hearing date is provided (Reference CVC 40215.b. for complete details).

A Hearing Examiner will review the information provided and your testimony. A decision is then rendered. The decision of the Hearing Examiner may be delivered by first class mail.

If your citation is "dismissed," the penalty paid for the citation will be refunded in full. Refunds can be requested at the Commuter Services Office located on the south side of the Public Safety Building. Commuter Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and can be contacted by phone at (323) 343-5277.

Further information on Parking Citations is available online at: or by contacting the Public Safety Office at (323) 343-3700.

All above information is subject to change without further notice.

General Information

Parking information is also available at the Welcome Center located on Paseo Rancho Castilla and Campus Road; the Information Kiosk located at the west entrance of the Administration Building; or, at the Parking & Transportation Service Center located south of Lot 3.

Visitor/Daily Parking is available with the use of a valid daily permit purchased from permit dispensers machines conveniently located in Lots 1, 2, 5, 7, and 11, Parking Structure A (all levels), Parking Structure B (C-Level) and Parking Structure C (Blue and Yellow Levels). Motorcycle/Moped daily permit dispenser machines are located in Lots 1 and 4.

Daily permits must be displayed face-up on the driver's side dash with the valid date/time shown. Failure to display your permit correctly may be plausible cause for citation.

Costs for Daily Permits are as follows:

Length of Time Rate
Daily Permit Rates
1 hour and 15 minutes $1.00
2 hours and 15 minutes $2.00
4 1/2 hours $3.00
All Day $6.00
Motorcycle/Moped 2.00

Student Parking is authorized with a current permit in Lots 1, 2, 5, 7, and 11, Parking Structure A (all levels), Parking Structure B (C-Level), and Parking Structure C (Blue Level). Additional student parking is available in Lot 1A after 4p.m. and Parking Structure B (B-Level) and Lot 3 after 5:30 p.m.

Residential Parking permits are available for purchase at the Parking & Transportation Service Center with a valid Resident Verification form from Housing Services. Residential permits are valid in Lot 7A (all day), and in all student parking lots from 5am to 12 midnight.

Faculty/Staff Parking permits are available for purchase at the Parking & Transportation Service Center with a valid employee I.D. Designated parking includes Lots 3, 6, 7, 7A, 9, 10, and 11; Parking Structure A (all Levels), Parking Structure B (all levels), and Parking Structure C (Green & Blue Levels).

Disabled Parking requires a current CSULA parking permit and a valid DMV disabled placard at all times. Parking is available in the designated stalls in Lots 3, 4, 6, 7, 7a, 8, 10, and 11, Parking Structure A (all levels), Parking Structure B (B-Level), Parking Structure C (all levels).

Motorcycle or Moped Parking is authorized with a current permit in Lot 6, Lot 10, and Parking Structure B (all Levels).

Special Event Parking reservations can be made by contacting Parking Services at: (323) 343-3704.

Bicycle Parking (permit or fee not required): Bike racks are located at the Student Union, Music, and Fine Arts Buildings; Parking Structures B and C; Lots 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 11; and Transit Center. To rent a bicycle locker, contact Commuter Services at (323) 343-5277.

Construction Zones: Access to parking areas and roadways are subject to change. Please adhere to all posted signs carefully.

All above information is subject to change without further notice.

Parking Fees

The Parking Services program is self-supporting and derives its revenues from parking fees paid by faculty, staff, students and visitors.  Parking revenues are allocated for parking maintenance, enhancements and overall safety in all parking structures and facilities.

Below are the approved parking rates for the remaining academic term and new academic semesters:

Quarter and Parking Type Rate
Parking Fees Spring 2016 - Spring 2017
Spring Quarter 2016 $100
     Off-Site $50
     2-Wheel $26
Summer Session 2016 $66
     2-Wheel $23.40
Fall Semester 2016 $165
     Off-Site $50
     2-Wheel $39
Spring Semester 2017


     Off-Site $50
     2-Wheel $39

Note:  Housing residents must provide proof of residency from the Housing Office.  Housing Permits cannot be purchased online.

Daily Rates:

4-Hour Parking $3
All-Day Parking $6

Quarter, session or semester permits can be purchased online at CashnetSmartPay or in person at the Parking & Transportation Service Center located in Lot 3 during business hours, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For further information please contact the Parking & Transportation Service Center at (323) 343-6118.

Parking Permits


Things to know before you log in:

  • Please have your Student CIN available.
  • The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
  • All Student Parking permits will be MAILED to the address provided during the ordering process.
  • In addition to the service fees, a $2.00 handling fee will apply to all permits.

Quarter and Annual parking permits may be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Service Center, located south of Lot 3.

Type of Permit Cost
Current Parking Permit Fees
Student Quarterly $100
Residential Quarterly $100
Faculty/Staff Quarterly $43.68 - $100
High School Semester $166.65
Motorcycle/Moped Quarterly $26

Parking Refunds

Refund Policy

Student and/or employee must return the parking permit to Parking and Transportation Service Center before the first day of classes or due to class cancelation will receive a 100% refund.  Students and/or employees who return the parking permit on the first day of classes and no later than the 50th day of the quarter will receive a partial refund. See chart below for a complete refund schedule.

Days of Period Use Percent of Full Quarter Fee
Refund Proration Schedule
1 - 25 days 67%
26 - 50 days 33%
51 - end 0%

All above information is subject to change without further notice.

Parking Reservation Guidelines


The campus parking program is a self-supporting entity and receives no state general funds to operate, maintain and construct new parking facilities. All guests and visitors not transacting state business must pay to park on campus. For visitors not transacting state business, departments may purchase and reserve parking permits through the parking reservation process by providing a chargeback account number.

The following parking information should be helpful when inviting visitors and planning events at CSULA.

Typical guests who qualify for no-cost parking permits:

  • Guest speaker in academic courses
  • Major donors of the university sanctioned by the Office of the President or Institutional Advancement
  • Interview candidates for state positions
  • Campus advisory groups, officially sanctioned by the university
  • Dignitaries or government officials visiting the campus in an official capacity
  • Volunteer employees providing a service to the University who are not receiving any form of class credit or compensation
  • Non-paid persons visiting the campus for the purpose of transacting official state business

Typical visitors required to pay to park*:

  • Students
  • All employees paid to work at CSULA
  • Emeritus faculty and staff working for pay
  • Vendors
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Attendees of all types of camps
  • Attendees of instructional activities for credit or no credit
  • Visitors of faculty and staff (not conducting state business as described above)
  • Drop-in visitors
  • Attendees of non-CSULA special events


Campus departments may make advance parking reservations for visitors required to pay for parking. A chargeback account number must be provided at the time the reservation is made. The rate is $6.45 per day per vehicle, which includes an administrative processing fee. Hourly rates cannot be purchased through Parking Reservations.

Visitors also may pay to park on the day of the event by purchasing an hourly or daily parking permit from a permit machine located in designated campus parking lots and parking structures.

Daily Rates:
$1.00 for 1 hour, 15 min
$2.00 for 2 hours, 15 min
$3.00 for 4 hours, 30 min
$6.00 All Day



A two-week period is necessary for processing parking arrangements for an event. Event Parking Request Form** must be submitted to Parking Services 14 calendar days prior to the date of the event.

The request form can be faxed to ext. 3-3724. A hard copy also should be sent to Parking Services, Public Safety Building.

Off-peak parking times when the most parking is available at CSULA are Fridays, weekends, holidays when classes are not held, quarter breaks and summer quarter. To avoid potential parking issues, these times should be considered first when scheduling a large event.

Event sponsors are responsible for informing all participants of parking location and costs, if any.

**Note: The Event Parking Request Form is available in Public Folders under Public Safety.

What Services Are Available For Special Event Parking?

CSULA Parking Services provides parking lot staffing to cordon off parking spaces, set directional signage for your event, greet visitors and allow access to a parking lot with the appropriate parking permit. Parking Services also provides information booth staffing beyond normal hours to give directions and distribute parking permits.

Charges will be assessed for the above services and signage needed.

For assistance with special event parking please contact Parking Events at ext. 3-3704.


(323) 343-3700

Information Kiosk Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Parking & Transportation Service Center Hours:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Welcome Center Hours:
Monday - Thursday:
6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

Additional Information

Disabled Parking:
Voice (323) 343-3140;
TDD (323) 343-3139

Event Parking:
(323) 343-3704

Parking & Transportation Service Center: (323) 343-6118

Parking Citation Payments and Info: (323) 343-5277


Parking Mapts