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Parking Regulations

Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis in the San Mateo County Community College District except for specific spaces reserved for visitors, staff and the disabled. The District provides parking on its facilities but accepts no liability for vandalism, theft, or accident

Parking Permit Requirements
All persons driving motor vehicles (except motorcycles) onto campus and utilizing the parking facilities during regular class hours (Monday-Friday, 7am - 10pm), including final examinations, are required to obtain a parking permit. Parking permits are not required in student lots on weekends or holidays. A parking permit is not required for students riding motorcycles and parking must be in designated Motorcycle Parking areas. A parking permit is not a guarantee of a parking space.
A grace period allowing for the purchase of permits will be in effect during the first two weeks of the Spring and Fall semesters, and the first week of the Summer session. The grace period pertains only to permits, with all other parking regulations enforced at all times in all parking lots.

Purchasing Student Parking Permits
Student parking permits are available for $52 each for Fall semester and Spring semester; $27 for the Summer session; and $94 for a two-term permit (Fall and Spring). Semester parking permits are valid at all three campuses of the District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College). Parking permits for students with California Board of Governors (BOG) waivers are $25 for Summer Session, $30 for Fall and Spring Semester, and $60 for a two-term permit. Parking permit fees are nonrefundable unless an action of the College (i.e. cancellation of all of the student's classes) prevents the student from attending. Lost and stolen parking permits are nonrefundable.
Parking permits are available for purchase online (via WebSmart) during registration and throughout the term of the permit. All permits are mailed to the address specified on the order. Permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.
Students may purchase permits in person at each College. There is no shipping and handling fee if you purchase your permit in person or online.

Affixing Student Parking Permits
Parking permits must be affixed to the inside lower left of the front windshield. Plastic permit hangers are also available for purchase at each College bookstore. Whichever method you choose, you must ensure the permit is visible in its entirety at all times. It is the permit holder's responsibility to properly affix the permit in the vehicle.

Daily Parking & Visitor Parking
Daily parking permits are available for purchase for $2.00 each from permit dispensers at each College. For the location of the parking lots, please refer to the campus maps (link). Daily parking permits are valid in all lots where, and when, students are authorized to park. These permits must be displayed face up on the dashboard.

Disabled Parking
Spaces painted blue and marked with the disabled logo are reserved for those persons with a California disabled placard or license plate. Students with temporary disabilities who do not have a placard may receive special parking consideration by contacting the College Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) office. Special permits much be displayed as noted on the permit.

Traffic and Parking Regulations
Traffic and Parking Regulations (including unauthorized parking in disabled parking spaces) are enforeced at all times under the jurisdiction of the San Mateo County Superior Court. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times. For more details on Traffic Regulations, you may refer to Item 8.48 (Traffic Regulations) of the San Mateo County Community College District Rules and Regulations.
Parking is permitted only on blacktop surfaces in specifically marked parking spaces. Parking on unpaved areas, in roadways, in areas posted as no parking zones, or in any unauthorized area is prohibited. Vehicles backed into parking spaces can create a hazard and will be subject to citation. Driving or parking within the inner campus is prohibited.
Campus speed limit is 25 mph. Where signs indicate a lesser speed, that speed will be the maximum.

Parking, traffic regulations, and the California Vehicle Code (CVC) are enforced under the authority of Section 21113A CVC. In accordance with California Vehicle Code Section 40202, citations may not be informally rescinded by College authorities. Consistent or flagrant violations may cause the vehicle to be towed away at the owner's expense.
Citations for parking violations are sent to the Office of Parking Violations weekly. All citations are reviewed by the Office of Parking Violations and must be processed through the Office of Parking Violations procedures. Directions for requesting a hearing are explained on the citation.

Appealing a Parking Citation
Parking citations may be appealed by printing and mailing a completed Parking Citation Contest Form to the citation processing agency. Forms are also available from the Campus Public Safety Office. The name and address of the citation processing agency are on the form. After submitting an appeal, you will receive a written response from the citation processing agency reflecting the results of the appeal.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the appeal, you may obtain an administrative hearing. The directions for obtaining an administrative hearing are included on the written response to the citation appeal. You will receive a written response from the citation processing agency reflecting the results of the administrative hearing.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the administrative hearing, you can obtain a hearing before a judge. The directions for obtaining a judicial hearing are included on the written response to the administrative hearing.
The following reasons are NOT acceptable appeals:
  • It is my first day/week/semester and I am not familiar with the campus.
  • I do have a permit, but I forgot to hang it.
  • I bought a permit, but I didn't have it with me. You can check my records.
  • My permit fell/was blown by the wind/was on the floor/was between the seats/was turned around.
  • I was only parked there for five minutes.
  • I just parked really quick to use the restroom.