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Parking Regulations

Parking Regulations

Parking Permit Requirements

All persons driving motor vehicles (except motorcycles) on to campus and utilizing the parking facilities during regular class hours (Monday-Friday, 7 am–10 pm), including final examinations, are required to obtain and display a parking permit on their vehicle. A parking permit is not required for students riding motorcycles and parking must be in designated Motorcycle Parking in Marie Curie Lot 5. Student parking permits are available for $52 each for the fall and spring semesters (Fall/ Spring Permit $94) and $27 for the summer session. Parking permits for students with California College Promise Grant (CCPG) waivers are $30 per semester (fall or spring) and $25 for the summer session.

Lost or Stolen Parking Permits

If a permit is lost or stolen, replacements are available at full price.

Purchasing Parking Permits

Students may purchase parking permits only online using WebSMART. Permits may be ordered and paid for online and mailed to the student’s residence. Students may also order a permit online from computers located on the third floor of Building 10 (Admissions and Records Office and Business Office) and then pay for the permit and pick it up in the Cashier’s Office. See Semester Parking Permit for more information.

Students also have the option of purchasing daily parking permits from the permit machines located in Beethoven Lots 2B, 2E, and in Galileo Lot 6A. Permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle. Students may obtain permits in person at the Cashiers Office.

Daily parking permits ($3) are available from machines designated on the campus map.

Displaying Student Parking Permits

Permits must be displayed in the vehicle with the number visible from the exterior of the vehicle. They may be either affixed on the inside lower left of the windshield (above the steering wheel) or affixed to a plastic hanger suspended from the inside rear view mirror. Plastic permit hangers may be obtained from the Bookstore for $1 plus tax. Permits may be used on multiple vehicles.

Vehicles with improperly displayed permits will be subject to citation. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to properly display the permit in the vehicle and to notify CSM’s Department of Public Safety promptly if the permit is lost or stolen.

Daily parking permits are available for purchase for $3 each from permit dispensers in Beethoven Lots 2B, 2E, and in Galileo Lot 6A. Daily permits are valid in all lots where, and when, students are authorized to park. These permits must be displayed face up on the dashboard.

Semester parking permits and daily parking permits are valid on all three campuses of the District (College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College).

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 in student lots only. All staff parking lots are strictly enforced. The grace period pertains only to student permits with all other parking regulations enforced at all times in all parking lots and roadways.

Disabled Parking

Blue Handicapped parking spaces have been provided in Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12 (see Campus Map). A vehicle must have and display a valid California State Disabled Person Placard (issued by DMV) to park. Disability Parking spaces are regulated under California Vehicle Code Section 22511.5 Disabled Parking Authorized Parking Zones. No student, staff, daily, patron or visitor parking permit required when displaying a valid CA DP placard.

Visitor Parking

Visitors to campus may park for up to 40 minutes in Marie Curie Lot 5B, Forum Lot 8, and Olympian Lot 12. No student parking will be allowed at anytime.

Visitors may also park in a student lot after purchasing and displaying in the vehicle (face up on dashboard) a $3 daily permit. Parking permit machines are located in Beethoven Lots 2B, 2E, and in Galileo Lot 6A. For the location of the parking lots please see a campus map.

No visitor parking permit required when displaying a valid CA DP placard.

San Mateo Athletic Club Parking

Special parking permits issued by the San Mateo Athletic Club (SMAC) are required at all times for parking in designated areas in Beethoven Lot 2 (SMAC Patron parking has a 3-hour limit). All other permits are not valid. For more information, call 378-7373 or visit the San Mateo Athletic Club website.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Parking in the EV charging stations is limited solely to electric vehicles that are actively charging with a maximum time limit of 4 hours per vehicle. (No parking permit is needed as long as the above conditions are met)

Any vehicle parked in an EV space and is not an electric vehicle, not charging, or is left past the 4-hour maximum limit will be subject to a citation.

Traffic and Parking Regulations

The speed limit on the campus is 15 mph.

Parking is permitted only on blacktop surfaces in specifically marked parking spaces. Parking on unpaved areas, in roadways, in crosshatched areas, in marked end zones, in areas posted as no parking zones or in any unauthorized area is prohibited. Vehicles backed into diagonal parking spaces can create a hazard when exiting and will be subject to citation.

No student parking is permitted in the designated "Employee of the Month" parking spaces. These spots are reserved for authorized staff only and unauthorized vehicles may be ticketed.

Driving or parking within the inner campus is prohibited.

The campus is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.

Stopped or standing vehicles on sidewalks, roadways or restricted areas will be subject to citation.

Skateboards and Bicycles

The riding of skateboards on campus is prohibited by SMCCCD regulations. Bicycles may be operated on campus. The California Vehicle Code prohibits the operation of bicycles on sidewalks.

Public Transit

SamTrans operates three bus routes to the college: Route 250 (San Mateo downtown and Caltrain), Route 260 (San Carlos Caltrain, Redwood Shores & Belmont) and Route 294 (Half Moon Bay). All buses have wheelchair lifts and accommodate two to four bikes. Route 250 provides weekday service until 10:25 pm. Routing information is available by calling 1-800-660-4BUS or visiting and Printed schedules and maps are also available at the Center for Student Life and Leadership Development in Building 17.