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


  1. Parking Permit Requirements
  2. Purchasing Student Parking Permits
  3. Affixing Student Parking Permit
  4. Daily Parking & Visitor Parking
  5. Disabled Parking
  6. Traffic and Parking Regulations
  7. Enforcement
  8. Appealing a Parking Citation
  9. Special Access Codes


  1. 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) are required to obtain a parking permit. Parking permits are not required in student lots on weekends or holidays. Parking permits are not required for motorcycles.

    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.

  2. Purchasing Student Parking Permits

    Student parking permits are available for (prices effective Summer 2020) $58 each for Fall semester and Spring semester; $29 for the Summer session; and $106 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 College Promise Grant (CCPG) (formerly known as Board of Governor's (BOG)) waivers are $30 for Fall or Spring Semester and $25 for Summer. 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 or in person at each College. Permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

  3. Affixing Student Parking Permit

    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.

  4. Daily Parking & Visitor Parking

    Daily parking permits are available for purchase for $3.00 each from permit dispensers at each college. These permits must be displayed face up on the dashboard without obstructions, in such a way that they are visible when looking at the front of the vehicle. A variety of payment methods are accepted at locations throughout each campus, as listed below:

    Cañada College
    • Lot 1A – credit cards or bills
    • Lot 1B – credit cards or bills
    • Lot 3 (tennis courts) – bills or coins
    • Lot 6A – credit cards or bills
    • Lot 6B – bills or coins
    • Lot 7 – bills or coins


    College of San Mateo
    • Lot 2A1 – bills only
    • Lot 2A2 – credit cards or bills
    • Lot 2E – credit cards or bills
    • Lot 5 – bills only
    • Lot 6B –credit cards or bills
    • Lot 6C – bills only
    • Lot 8 – bills only
    • Lot 11 – bills only
    • Lot 12 – bills only


    Skyline College
    • Lot C – bills only
    • Lot D – bills or coins
    • Lot F – bills only
    • Lot L1 – credit cards, bills or coins
    • Lot L2 – credit cards or bills
    • Lot M – credit cards or bills
    • Lot N – credit cards or coins
    • Lot P – credit cards or bills 


    For cash transactions, payment must be made in the exact amount as machines do not give change.

  5. 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 displaying a valid disabled parking permit need not purchase semester or day-use permits and may park in any staff or student lot, absent those marked with specially designated signage (e.g. District vehicles only.)

  6. Traffic and Parking Regulations

    Traffic and Parking Regulations (including unauthorized parking in disabled parking spaces) are enforced 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. 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.

  7. Enforcement

    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.

  8. Appealing a Parking Citation

    Parking citations may be appealed here.  

    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.
  9. Special Access Codes

    In special circumstances, a Department head may provide a complimentary guest parking permit code to obtain a prepaid parking permit.  The machines capable of these transactions may be located at Cañada College Parking Lots 1A, 1B & 6A, College of San Mateo Parking Lots 2D, 2B & 6B, and Skyline College Parking Lots L1, L2, M, N & P.