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Parking Policy

Parking Policy

Reviewed By: Administrative Council
Approved By: December 12, 2003
Reviewed By: Administrative Council on
Approved By: President Morales on

For interpretation of this policy, please Contact: Director, Parking & Transportation Services, 909.537.5912

The purpose of a parking policy is to establish the procedures, rules and guidelines which will be utilized in administering the parking program at California State University San Bernardino.  Parking is administered by Parking and Transportation Services and the University Police Department; parking Rules and Regulations are in effect and are enforced at all times



  1. This policy, including campus ordinances, is issued pursuant to California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 21113 and Title 5, Division 5, Subchapter 5 of the California Code of Regulations which provides that parking fees shall be assessed to park vehicles upon CSU campuses. Evidence of compliance with this section shall be demonstrated by the display of a valid parking permit/decal or other approved authorization.
  2. All applicable provisions of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) apply anywhere on University property. Parking regulations are enforced 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
  3. Citations are issued pursuant to CVC 40202. The citation appeal process is conducted pursuant to CVC 40215 and 40230.


A valid CSUSB or system-wide parking permit must be appropriately displayed inside a vehicle parked anywhere on the campus at all times. Vehicles parked in timed-posted spaces (e.g.; 30-Minute Parking) do not need to display a permit.

  1. Current CSU employees and students are expected to purchase and display a permit to park at CSUSB.
  2. Where permits are required to park, permits must be displayed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
  3. The Schedule of Parking Permits with fees is available online at


EMPLOYEES:  Staff or Faculty should first contact the Human Resources or College Department Representative in order to obtain a parking permit.  Employees with more than a 12 month appointment have the choice to pay for their annual parking permits on a pretax basis via payroll deduction.  Employees who do not qualify for the pretax payroll deduction option will need to purchase a semester permit at

STUDENT COMMUTERS:  Students who plan to commute to the campus must purchase a semester or academic annual GENERAL permit online at 

STUDENT RESIDENTS (LIVING ON CAMPUS):  Students who will live in on-campus housing must purchase a semester or academic annual RESIDENT permit online at 

VISITORS AND OTHER:  One-day permits may be purchased from the permit dispensers located at most campus entrances and throughout the campus.  Other types of permits such as those required by entities having a contractual relationship with the university (vendors or consultants, for example), or guests invited to the campus by departments may be requested directly from Parking and Transportation Services by filling The Invited Guest Request form available at The department hosting the guest is responsible to request for these permits.


Parking permits are the property of CSUSB and may be revoked or recalled by the campus at any time. Parking permits are non-transferable and may not be resold.


Vehicles displaying a permit that has been revoked or forged or altered will be cited and the permit must be returned immediately to Parking and Transportation or given to the parking enforcement officer if requested. Any person who displays a fraudulent or revoked parking permit for the purpose of obtaining parking privileges at the university may be subject to campus disciplinary action or penalties as set forth in appropriate sections of the California Penal Code.

Similarly, permits reported as lost or stolen may not be displayed. Any person who knowingly displays a permit that has been reported as lost, stolen or not received is subject to a citation.

LOST Student or Faculty/Staff Permit: A lost permit will need to be replaced at the owner’s expense. The cost will be the prorated price existing at the time of replacement. 

STOLEN Student or Faculty/Staff Permit:  A permit reported stolen may be replaced by Parking and Transportation Services upon submission and review of a police report from the owner of the permit.


Parking at CSUSB is by assignment; that is, a parking permit authorizes parking in a specific lot, location or type of marked or signed parking spaces.  All vehicles parked on the campus of the California State University, San Bernardino must clearly display a valid CSUSB or CSU System-wide parking permit for the area or lot in which parked.


  1. GENERAL PERMIT: Commuter students must display a General parking permit which is valid in any general, unmarked space.
  2. RESIDENT PERMIT: Residents of Serrano Village, Coyote Village, Arrowhead Village and University Village parked in resident spaces must display a resident parking permit.
  3. FACULTY AND STAFF PERMIT: Faculty and staff permits may park in spaces marked or signed for Faculty/Staff, or in any general unmarked space throughout the campus. 
  4. FACULTY/STAFF COMPLIMENTARY PERMIT: CSUSB Faculty/Staff members are eligible for five complimentary permits per fiscal year for occasions where members have a valid permit on file, but have forgotten their parking permit. This permit is valid in spaces signed for faculty/staff or any general unmarked space throughout campus.
  5. RETIRED FACULTY AND STAFF PERMIT:  All retired campus employees who have worked a minimum of seven (7) years may request a Retiree Permit.  Retiree permits are issued annually and are complimentary. A Retiree permit is only valid in a general un-marked space.  A Retiree permit may ONLY be used by the retired employee and are non-transferable.  A Retiree parking permit is subject to confiscation if used on campus and the retiree is not on campus. If confiscated another permit will not be issued for that fiscal year. 
  6. INVITED GUESTS & SERVICE/VENDOR PERMITS: Departments may request parking for individuals or entities in a contractual relationship with the University, visiting the campus for official business e.g. guest lecturer, contractors.  Requests are made online by submitting the Invited Guest Permit Request Form. These permits cannot be issued to faculty, staff, or students to avoid payment of parking fees.
  7. EVENT PARKING PERMITS: The Director of Parking and Transportation Services or appropriate designee shall determine the permit or parking accommodation to be utilized for each event. Different methods may be employed depending on the location, attendance, date or nature of the event or activity. Parking authorization for events include printed permits, coupon codes or lot clearances. Requests may be made by filling out the Invited Guest Request Form. The cost of the permits shall be determined based on the daily parking rate and additional costs related to providing any extra services needed for the event e.g. traffic control, directional signs, carts etc.


  1. Permits are a strong visual affirmation of parking compliance and must be displayed at all times inside all vehicles while parked on the university (except in the case of time-limited spaces, or exempted vehicles such as official state vehicles).
  2. Decals should be affixed to the inside of the windshield in the lower corner of the driver’s side, or, if a hangtag, hung from the rearview mirror.  A few permits or placards (i.e.; daily, event permit) may be displayed face-up on the vehicle dash with the entire permit clearly in view.
  3. Permits must be positioned so that the permit number, barcode and expiration date are clearly visible to a person viewing from outside of the vehicle.


The following individuals /events qualify for complimentary parking. Requests will be reviewed and approved by Parking and Transportation Services.  

  1. Prospective students hosted by the department of Admissions & Student Recruitment
  2. Candidates hosted by Human Resources Department or Academic Personnel
  3. Employer recruiters hosted by the Career Center
  4. Volunteers (verified by Human Resources)
  5. Campus advisory groups officially sanctioned by the university.
  6. Major donors as sanctioned by the Division of University Advancement
  7. Extraordinary ceremonies or campus community events e.g. graduations.


CSUSB recognizes all faculty/staff permits from other CSU campus or the Chancellor’s Office to be valid in all unmarked general spaces. This accommodation for permit reciprocity is extended only to faculty/staff permits, not student permits.



  1. The provisions of these Rules and Regulations (“Rules”) are adopted for the purpose of promoting safe and orderly parking and movement of vehicles within the boundaries of CSUSB or other grounds or properties owned, operated or controlled by CSU Chancellor’s Office and administered by the San Bernardino campus (hereinafter referred to as “CSUSB” or “University”).
  2. All persons who drive on CSUSB are responsible for complying with the Rules and are subject to penalties for violations of the Rules’ provisions. The inability to find parking within a designated parking area does not justify violating the Rules.
  3. Parking at the University is solely at the risk of the vehicle owner or driver.  The State of California assumes no liability or responsibility for any damage caused by fire, theft, accident or any other cause whatsoever to any vehicle or contents thereof parked on University property.
  4. The department of Parking and Transportation Services has sole authority at CSUSB to issue parking permits or to collect a fee from vehicles parking at the university.
  5. Motor vehicles left or parked anywhere on University Property for more than 72 consecutive hours without prior authorization from Parking & Transportation or University Police may receive a parking violation notice, and be towed at the expense of the owner.
  6. A vehicle may not be repaired or washed on campus except in a location designated by Facilities Management.


  1. ACCESSIBLE SPACES:  Blue marked accessible parking spaces, both van accessible or regular sized spaces, are located in parking lots throughout the campus. Vehicles parked must display both a valid CSUSB permit and a valid DMV-issued placard or license plate.
  2. CARPOOL/VANPOOL SPACES: Vehicles parked in "CAR/VAN POOL" spaces must display both a valid CSUSB parking permit and a carpool permit or tag. Carpool permits/tag may be obtained from Parking and Transportation Services.
  3. ELECTRICAL VEHICLE CHARGING SPACES:   All electric vehicles charging at the various EV stations located on campus must display a valid CSUSB parking permit/decal. The maximum number of hours per authorized session is 4 hours.  Any vehicle exceeding this limit is subject to a citation.
  4. FACULTY/STAFF SPACES: Vehicles parked in spaces or lots designated as "FACULTY/STAFF" or "EMPLOYEE ONLY" must display a valid Faculty/ Staff parking permit. Some of these spaces are reserved for employee use only during specific times and are marked accordingly.
  5. MUSEUM VISITOR SPACES:  Visitors to the Robert V. Fullerton Museum may park in the marked "VISITOR SPACES" in Lot M, and must adhere to the regulations posted on the signs.
  6. MOTORCYCLE: All two-wheel motor vehicles must be parked in areas marked for motorcycles.
  7. RESERVED SPACES: Vehicles parked in reserved spaces must display a valid parking permit for the specific reserved space as specified on the sign. Examples of such spaces include "OUTSTANDING FACULTY ADVISOR", "EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR", "POLICE VEHICLES", "PRESIDENT", "RESERVED" or "PARKING SERVICE VEHICLES ONLY"
  8. RESIDENT (SERRANO, COYOTE, ARROWHEAD, AND UNIVERSITY VILLAGE SPACES): Vehicles parked in spaces for campus student residents (marked as "DORM RESIDENT" or "RESIDENT") must display a valid RESIDENT parking permit.
  9. SERVICE VEHICLE SPACES: Vehicles parked in "SERVICE VEHICLE" spaces must display a valid service vehicle permit with the permit number and expiration date in full view from the front of the vehicle. University owned vehicles may park in service vehicle spaces without displaying a permit.
  10. TIME LIMITED SPACES:  Vehicles parked in timed spaces may not exceed the maximum posted time limit. Each consecutive instance of parking beyond the maximum time limit posted shall constitute a separate violation. Some time-limited spaces are signed “Employees Only” or “Service Vendors Only” which means that the appropriate permit must be displayed in the parked vehicle or a parking violation notice may be issued. 
  11. UNMARKED, GENERAL COMMUTER SPACES: Vehicles parked in unmarked spaces must display a valid parking permit.


  1. RESTRICTED PARKING -- CAMPUS CORE AREA -- ON STREET: The parking of vehicles on the streets or pathways within the core area of the campus is prohibited.  The central core area of campus is considered closed to general traffic. Request for vehicular access will be evaluated by Parking Services.
  2. RESTRICTED PARKING --- CAMPUS CORE AREA --- OFF STREET: The parking of motor vehicles in designated off-street parking areas within the main campus core is prohibited unless a Vendor/Service Vehicle is properly displayed or clearance otherwise obtained from Parking and Transportation Services.
  3. RESTRICTED CAMPUS CORE AREA --- ACCESS: Use of the core area as a short cut is prohibited and subject to citation.
  4. RESTRICTED PARKING --- CONSTRUCTION SITE: Only authorized contractors, sub-contractors, and their employees may park within the construction site fenced area. Vehicles must display a vendor/service permit issued by Parking & Transportation Services. All other construction related vehicles may park in a pre-approved designated area with a valid vendor/service permit displayed.


Subject to the provisions and limitations of the California Vehicle Code and those of this policy, signs or the following curb markings shall be placed to indicate parking or standing regulations, and said curb markings shall have the meaning as herein set forth.

  1. RED curbs or crosshatching denote fire lanes or emergency access.  Vehicles should never stop, park, load or unload along red curbs.
  2. YELLOW curbs or crosshatching indicate loading or unloading zones of materials.  Loading and unloading of materials shall not consume the maximum time posted. In the absence of yellow curb markings, signs will be posted to clearly indicate that the area is restricted to loading or unloading only.
  3. WHITE curbs indicate areas for dropping-off or picking-up passengers (passenger loading). The maximum allowed stopping time at a white curb is 5-minutes. 
  4. GREEN curbs or spaces authorize parking for the length of time on the posted sign.
  5. BLUE curbs or crosshatching indicate accessible parking spaces or accessible loading areas or pathways.  Unauthorized vehicles parked along blue painted curbs or crosshatching will be issued a notice of violation for parking in disabled space/area. 

Zones described in this section shall be enforced at all times, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays.


  1. All vehicles must park upon paved areas in marked parking spaces.  Exceptions to this rule may only be made by Parking & Transportation Services or UPD.
  2. No vehicle is allowed to park on turf, landscaped, undeveloped or raw grounds. 


Vehicles may not be stopped or parked in any manner that may obstruct driving lanes.  Vehicles obstructing the normal flow of traffic may be towed at the expense of the owner.


Vehicles may only park in marked parking spaces located in parking lots, parking garages or along campus roads. Only one vehicle is permitted per marked space.

  1. Drivers of oversized vehicles should contact Parking and Transportation Services for review and/or issuance of a special permit. Oversized vehicles must park in designated areas.
  2. Only head-in parking is allowed in diagonally marked spaces.  A parking violation notice will be issued to vehicles parked “facing-out” toward the drive aisle in diagonally marked spaces.
  3. Motorcycles must park in designated motorcycle parking areas. Except for timed spaces motorcycles may not be parked in automobile spaces.


When authorized signs are in place giving notice and specifying specific time limits of parking, no person shall park, store or leave standing any vehicle for a period in excess of the time limit. Each consecutive instance of parking beyond the maximum limit posted shall constitute a separate violation. 


Persons may not reside within their vehicle overnight or use their vehicle, motor home, trailer, boat or house car for lodging purposes on CSUSB property unless prior approval has been secured from Parking and Transportation Services.


  1. CSU employee or student vehicles parked in disabled spaces must display both a valid CSUSB permit and a DMV issued disabled placard.  Visitors (non-CSU affiliates) with disabled parking placards campus are eligible to receive a courtesy day permit from the Information Centers located at the entrance of campus. Visitors must verify their visitor status and legal placard use by providing a copy of their Disabled Placard Registration and Government Issued ID
  2. Persons who park in any type of parking space, including accessible spaces, while displaying a placard issued to another individual will receive a parking violation notice, and will be asked to surrender the placard. 
  3. CSU students with demonstrated financial need may apply for parking fee financial assistance by requesting and completing the appropriate form available at Parking and Transportation.


In accordance with the California Vehicle Code, any sworn officer of the University Police Department or Parking Services Department is authorized to immobilize and/or impound remove or cause the removal of any vehicles for any of the following reasons:-

  • CVC 22651 (i)             Failure to respond to 5 or more delinquent parking citations
  • CVC 22651 (o)             Vehicle registration expired in excess of 6 months.
  • CVC 22651 (j)              No license plates or evidence of registration displayed
  • CVC 22669 (a) & (d)    Abandoned, inoperable or a vehicle under repair which is a hazard to public health, safety and welfare.


No person shall remove, damage, or attempt to drive away, or otherwise interfere with the placement of a vehicular immobilization device. Any person involved in such acts will be subject to pay charges incurred as a result of damage to the immobilization device, and to criminal charges under the California Penal and/or Vehicle Code.


No person shall drive, move, or leave standing upon the campus, any motor vehicle or trailer unless it is registered and the appropriate fees have been paid. A vehicle with a registration expiration date in excess of six months found on campus is subject to a citation, immobilization or tow.


  1. Employees awarded "OUTSTANDING FACULTY ADVISOR" and "EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR" will receive a parking space of their choice from a designated list in one of the parking lots. These spaces are non-transferable and are only to be utilized by the awardee for a one year period.
  2. Vehicles are not allowed to park in cart parking spaces. University operated carts must park in spaces designated for cart parking.
  3. Non-operational vehicles must be reported to the University Police (909) 537-5165 or Parking and Transportation Services (909) 537-5912. The operator shall stand by the vehicle until an officer arrives to determine if the vehicle will create a traffic hazard. If it is considered a hazard, the operator should arrange to have the vehicle removed immediately or it will be subject to towing per CVC section 22651(B).



  1. Violations of these Rules or the California Vehicle Code on CSU property are subject to a citation or parking violation notice in accordance with applicable provisions of the California Vehicle Code, the California Penal Code, or other California statutes.
  2. The provisions of Parking Rules and Regulations may be enforced by all duly sworn officers of the University Police Department, community service specialists, community service officers or such persons as are assigned by the Chief of Police.

The Schedule of Parking Violations can be found at


Per CVC 40215 Administrative review of citation(s) must be requested within 21 calendar days from the issuance of parking violation or within 14 calendar days from the mailing of a notice of delinquent parking violation . Review of a citation may be requested by submitting a Request for Administrative Review Appeal Form available on the parking website

Pursuant to CVC 40215 there are three levels for appeals:

The Citation Review Officer will review the appeal. If the appeal is denied, the appellant has the option of requesting an Administrative Hearing.

The appellant must post bail to request this level unless qualified for a waiver of penalty deposit due to indigence pursuant to CVC 40215(b) and 40220(c)(1). The request for an Administrative Hearing must be made within 21 calendar days following the mailing of the initial review -- CVC 40215(b). The citation is heard by the Administrative Hearing Officer (who is independent of the Department of Parking and Transportation Services). The appellant may request the hearing to be in person or by mail. If the hearing officer finds in favor of the appellant, the bail is returned.

If the appellant does not prevail at the Administrative Hearing level, they may request a municipal court de novo hearing. For citations issued on the San Bernardino Campus the request can be made to “The Superior Court in the Fontana District” while for citations issued on the Palm Desert Campus the request can be made to “The Superior Court in Indio (Larson Justice Center)”. Any questions about this process should be addressed directly to the municipal court.


Payment for citation may be made online at parking website or by mail. Late fees will be applied if citation is not paid or appealed within 21 calendar days from the issuance or fourteen (14) days from the mailing of the notice of delinquency.

Pursuant to ICSUAM Policy 4071 an individual with multiple citations or citations totaling $ 200 or more is eligible to enroll in a payment plan.


Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), in partnership with the CSUSB community, is required to reduce the number of drive-alone vehicle trips made to the campus by employees and students.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has set an Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) attainment goal of 1.50. Each year, a survey where employees are asked to record how they commuted to CSUSB over a five-day period will be conducted.  The results of this survey reveal how the campus is progressing toward AQMD’s mandated AVR goal.

As a result of this obligation, the University offers incentives to employees and students to use public transportation, or to carpool, vanpool, bicycle or walk to campus. Several parking lots have carpool and vanpool parking spaces located near campus buildings.  Informational and promotional events are held throughout the year to engage the campus community and to persuade more students, faculty and staff to give alternative transportation a try.