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Permit & Parking Standards

Parking permits are an important component to your experience of gaining access to the campus.

The following guidelines ensure parking is stress free for all individuals who visit our campus. Remembering this information will help you park successfully on our campus.

A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space in any given area at any given time.

Permits Standards

All Permit Holders

  • Parking permits are valid only for the period of time specified on the permit and for the parking spaces intended unless otherwise posted.
  • Permits must be completely visible, including the barcode and permit number.
  • Parking permits must be adhered to the bottom inside corner of the windshield on the passenger side.
  • Adhesive permits are placed on the outside; repositionable permits on the inside.
  • Parking permits may not be altered in any way.
  • A parking permit is valid for use only by the person who purchased the parking permit.
  • Each person may possess one valid Sacramento State parking permit at a time. However, employees and students may also purchase an additional adhesive motorcycle permit if desired.
  • It is important to familiarize yourself with the various types of parking permits Sacramento State offers and the locations in which they are valid.
  • Charges are for the use of parking space only. We assume no responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage due to fire, theft, collision or otherwise to the vehicle or its contents however caused.

Employee Permit Standards

  • Employee parking permits and retired employee parking permits are valid in employee as well as student spaces, unless otherwise posted.
  • If receiving 12 paychecks per year, most employees may also pay for their parking permits on a monthly basis via payroll deduction.

Student Permit Standards

  • For NON-resident students: During the Fall and Spring semesters student parking permits are valid in student parking spaces.
  • For resident students: Residence hall Lot 2 and Parking Structure 5, 5th/6th floor residence hall parking permits are only valid in their respective lot/parking structure. In addition, all residence hall parking permits are valid in Lot 10, Lot 14 and Parking Structure 4.

Weekly Permits

Weekly parking permits are available to Sacramento State employees and students. Weekly parking permits may be purchased in one (1) week increments. Usage of the weekly parking permit is the same as employee, student, or Residence Hall semester parking permits. Weekly parking permits are not refundable.

Carpooling Permit

  • Carpoolers may share the price of a parking permit and may park in preferential designated carpool areas.
  • Employee and student parking permits may be exchanged at no cost for carpool parking permits, or purchased directly, at the UTAPS office.
  • A carpool consists of two or more people per vehicle, who must arrive in a carpool space together.
  • Carpool spaces are located on the first floors of Parking Structures 1 & 3 and floors 1-5 in Parking Structure 5.
  • Carpool spaces are enforced until 11am in Parking Structures 1 and 3. After 11am, these spaces are enforced as student spaces. In Parking Structure 5, the EV/Carpool spaces are enforced as such all day, every day.

Permits for Person with Disabilities

At Sacramento State, each parked vehicle must have a valid parking permit.

  • To park in disabled parking spaces on campus, a valid Sacramento State parking permit and disabled person placard or license plate must be displayed.
  • Loading zones are intended for active loading and unloading and are not considered to be parking spaces.
  • Disabled placards and license plates are not valid in loading zones.

Retired Faculty Permit

  • Retired employees are eligible to receive a courtesy retired employee parking permit.
  • Retired employees who return to the campus after retirement to work for pay are required to pay to park during that time.
  • These parking permits are valid in employee and student parking spaces.
  • More information on Retiree parking permits

Non-Teaching Faculty

Faculty members in a non-working capacity, who come to the campus during the Summer, may request a courtesy non-teaching employee parking permit.

  • This permit is intended to accommodate the occasional visit to the campus to facilitate academic endeavors.
  • Faculty members who are in a working capacity during the summer are required to purchase a parking permit for that period of time.

Complete the permit form

Motorcycle Permit

A motorcycle-only adhesive parking permit must be placed in an easily visible location on the fender, fork or gas tank. Placing the adhesive motorcycle permit elsewhere on the motorcycle may result in a parking citation. This adhesive permit is valid only in motorcycle spaces.

As an alternative to purchasing a motorcycle-only parking permit, people who drive a car/truck and ride motorcycles may purchase a repositionable parking permit. The repositionable permit may be displayed in a vehicle or on a motorcycle. This repositionable permit allows a motorcycle to be parked legally in a motorcycle OR regular vehicle parking space. It is the parking permit holder's responsibility to ensure the security of the parking permit. A clear, plastic parking permit case can be purchased, at the UTAPS office, for displaying the repositionable parking permit on a motorcycle.

Lost, Stolen, or Counterfeit Permit

If a parking permit is lost or stolen, please report the loss to University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS). UTAPS will record the parking permit as lost or stolen and will enforce the parking permit as such. UTAPS does not replace lost or stolen parking permits.

Upon reporting a lost or stolen parking permit, UTAPS may authorize the purchase of a replacement parking permit at a reduced price. It is a violation to display a lost, stolen, or counterfeit parking permit and may result in a parking citation being issued and/or other Sacramento State corrective action.

Parking Space Standards

  • Parking is authorized in designated parking spaces only.
  • Parking spaces cannot be created.
  • A parking space is designated by a white parking space line on each side or end of the vehicle. Vehicles must fit within the parking space lines.
  • In any unpaved parking lot on campus, including Lot 2A and student section of Lot 9, vehicles must be parked in an orderly manner at a wheel stop.

PS5 Clean Air, EV, or Carpool

To be eligible to use these spaces, the Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) must display:

Electric Vehicles (EV), also known as plug-in electric vehicles, derive all or part of their power from electricity supplied by the electric grid. EVs include AEVs and PHEVs and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).

Open Top or Unsecured Permit Placement

For open top or unsecured vehicles, a repositionable parking permit may be exchanged at the UTAPS office for a parking permit that will be adhered to the outside, lower corner of the passenger's side of the windshield. Place the parking permit on the outside of your window in the lower corner within 5 inches of the bottom of the window (CVC 26708-3).

Off-Peak Parking Standards

Off-peak parking period is defined as:

  • Monday-Friday 4:30pm to midnight during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Saturday, Sunday, campus closure holidays 4:30am to midnight.
  • Summer, Winter intersession, Spring Recess and Finals week Monday - Sunday 4:30am to midnight.

During off-peak parking periods, most student and employee parking spaces are open to all Sac State parking permits with the following exceptions:

  • An employee parking permit is required at all times in the employee spaces located around the Residence Hall complex and the employee spaces in Parking Structure 1 (PS1).
  • A Residence Hall parking permit is required at all times in Residence Hall spaces in Lot 2 and the 5th/6th floors of Parking Structure 5 (PS5).
  • Any specially marked parking space, such as, (but not limited to) BZ, Speech & Hearing, Administrative, requires a special permit at all times.
  • During off-peak parking periods, carpool spaces in Parking Structures 1 & 3 are enforced as student spaces.

Short-Term Parking Spaces

Short-term parking without a valid Sacramento State parking permit is available throughout campus.

  • Timed parking spaces may be used by the same vehicle only once in each parking lot in a 24-hour period.
  • Short-term parking with a valid Sacramento State parking permit required; is also available throughout campus. Please read timed parking signs carefully.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is defined as parking between the hours of midnight and 4:30am. With the exception of Residence Hall permitted vehicles in assigned parking lots and, approved campus vehicles, overnight parking and/or camping is prohibited at Sac State.

Load Zones

Passenger load zones are intended for the immediate loading and unloading of passengers. Waiting for passengers is not permitted and parking officers reserve the right to warn or cite a vehicle for waiting.

Load zones that are not specifically marked as Passenger load zones are intended for the active loading and unloading of equipment. Parking officers closely monitor load zones and reserve the right to warn or cite a vehicle if no activity is seen in 30 minutes.

Note, load zones are not parking spaces, even for vehicles displaying an ADA placard or license plates.