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Parking Regulations

Please adhere to all rules and regulations listed on university signage around campus to avoid being cited. For lot location, space information and regulations specific to each lot, please see the campus map.

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General Parking Regulations

  • General parking lots are available for use by students, employees, and visitors with valid CSULB parking.
  • Restricted parking lots are available for general parking after 5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.), Monday-Friday, and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Students requesting individual parking accommodations should contact Disabled Student Services at (562) 985-5401 or DSS@csulb.edu.
  • Restricted parking lots are for faculty and staff use only, 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 until 7 p.m.), Monday-Friday. Employee virtual permits are valid in all spaces in Restricted and General parking lots unless otherwise designated by posted signage. Employee parking is also valid in all Short-Term spaces after 5:30 pm on Fridays, and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Official Guest of the University permits are valid in all Short-Term spaces, Official Guests of the University Spaces located in south turnaround adjacent to Lot 7, all lots designated as General Parking, and Parking Structures 1, 2, and 3, unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.
  • Residential R parking is valid in designated resident spaces in Lots 14C, 14D, 19 and Beachside parking spaces during Beachside dining hall hours. R permits are also valid in Employee and General parking spaces on campus after 5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.) Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight parking with this permit is only allowed in Resident spaces located in Lots 14C, 14D and 19.
  • Residential B parking is valid in the designated Resident spaces at Beachside campus and Lot 20 spaces during Hillside and Parkside dining hall hours. B permits are also valid in Employee and General parking spaces on campus after 5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.) Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight parking with this permit is only allowed in the Resident spaces located at Beachside campus.
  • Guests of individuals living at residence halls must purchase parking.
    • Hillside and Parkside guests may park in General Lot spaces and purchase daily parking. Overnight parking for Hillside or Parkside guests is available daily (valid 24 hours from the time of purchase). Overnight guests are allowed to park in Lot 20 only.
    • Beachside guests may park in paid Short-Term parking spaces. Overnight parking at Beachside can be purchased starting at 5 p.m. daily (valid until 8:59 a.m. the following morning).
  • Employee Resident parking is valid in Beachside Employee spaces, and in Employee or General lot spaces not otherwise designated with posted signage. Employee Resident parking is not valid in student residential parking spaces.
  • Overnight parking not outlined above must be emailed to OvernightParkingRequests@csulb.edu for additional requests. Please include:
    • Name
    • Date / time frame
    • Make/model of vehicle
    • License plate number
    • Reason or association for parking overnight on campus (business/fieldtrip etc.)
  • Contractors and visitors may purchase daily parking for General Lot spaces or Short-Term parking in select lots for shorter duration stays on campus.
  • Vehicles shall be parked within parking spaces, designated by parallel white boundary lines in parking lots or by "T" markings on roadways.
  • Colored curbs or zones denote specific parking restrictions. Please review the definitions below:
    • RED designates no stopping, standing or parking at any time except for buses and shuttles, which may stop in red zones when a designated bus and/or shuttle stop exists in this location.
    • YELLOW designates a loading zone. There is no stopping, standing or parking at any time unless actively loading or unloading passengers or materials. Loading or unloading is limited to the allotted time posted.
    • GREEN designates paid Short-Term parking. If a vehicle exceeds the amount of time purchased, then a citation may be issued. Short-Term parking purchased is only valid in the zone in which it was purchased. Short-Term virtual permits are nontransferable.
    • BLUE designates use for disabled persons with a disabled license plate or disabled parking placard only. A CSULB virtual or paper parking permit must accompany the DMV-issued disabled placard or license plate in order to utilize disabled parking spaces on campus.
    • WHITE designates passenger pick-up or drop-off only.
  • Wheel stop designation or university signage denote specific parking restrictions and are not open for general use at any time. See below for special restrictions based on individual space type:
    • Guests of the University: designated for guests who are in possession of a paper permit that specifically authorizes parking in this zone.
    • Clinic parking: designated for guests who participate in a CSULB clinic and who are provided a coupon code for the purchase of a required virtual permit.
    • 10A Permit: designated for members of LifeFit who have purchased the Lot 10A hangtag permit.
    • H Permit: designated for individuals with H permits only.
    • D Permit: designated for individuals with D permits only.
    • State Vehicles: restricted to state vehicles and CSULB service vehicles only.
    • A Permit: designated for the Office of the President.
    • EV Charger: Virtual permit must be obtained from a parking pay station using the code listed on posted signage in front of these spaces on campus. This permit is only valid for four hours. Paid parking is required in conjunction with the four hour EV charger permit.
    • Art Museum: designated for guests of the University Art Museum and must be accompanied by a UAM virtual permit accessible from the pay station in Lot 15.
    • CSULB Service Vehicle: designated for CSULB service vehicles.
    • University Police: designated for University Police vehicles.
    • Zip Car: designated for Zip Car parking only.
    • Resident: designated for student residents.
  • Motorcycles (including mopeds and scooters) shall be parked in designated Motorcycle parking zones unless parking is purchased in a Short-Term parking zone. Whether a motorcycle is parked in a Motorcycle parking zone or in Short-Term parking spaces, valid parking must be purchased.
  • Vehicles must obey all campus event and temporary signage. No vehicle shall be parked in any area or upon any street or roadway or portion thereof when authorized temporary signs or markings are in place prohibiting parking.
  • Authorized emergency vehicles designated under California Vehicle Code Section 165 shall be exempt from the provisions of the CSULB Parking and Transportation policy.
  • Operators of oversized vehicles must contact Parking and Transportation Services at (562) 985-4146 for approval and determination of appropriate parking arrangements.
  • No person shall loiter within a parking facility except to park or retrieve a parked vehicle.
  • Provisions of the California Vehicle Code pertaining to the parking of vehicles shall apply on the grounds and parking facilities owned or controlled by the university. Regulations contained within this policy are primarily promulgated by the authority of Section 21113 (a) of the California Vehicle Code.

Waivers and Exclusions

  1. The State of California, California State University, Long Beach (and its employees) shall not be held responsible or liable for any damage or loss by theft, fire, accident, or any other cause whatsoever to any vehicle, or contents thereof, that occurs on university property.
  2. Any vehicles used by California State University, Long Beach Facilities Management, or firms under contract to the university for construction or maintenance work upon the grounds of the university, or any vehicle used by the United States Postal Service or the campus mail service for the collection, transportation or delivery of United States mail, may be exempted from some or all of the provisions of this policy by Parking and Transportation Services.
  3. The provisions of this policy relating to the operation, parking and standing of vehicles shall not apply to any vehicle or to the operator of any vehicle of police or fire departments, any public ambulance or any public utility vehicle, when such vehicle is operated in the manner specified in the California Vehicle Code in response to an emergency.
  4. 4. The foregoing exemptions shall not protect the driver of any vehicle from the consequences of his/her willful disregard for the safety of others.

Parking Fees Required

Title 5, Article 7, Section 42201(a) of the California Code of Regulations specifies that the university president may grant permission for the parking of vehicles on campus to those persons who have paid a parking fee.

Parking fees are required to park on the CSULB campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Unless specifically exempted as described in this policy, parking fees are required of all persons including patrons to special events such as cultural exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances, sporting events, conferences, and other events.

While possession of a valid and current university parking permit entitles the possessor to parking privileges as specified in this policy, the university retains ownership rights and permits may be revoked, canceled or recalled for cause at the discretion of Parking and Transportation Services. Permit sharing is prohibited and punishable by university administrative action.

Failure to follow all parking rules and regulations may result in fines, penalties and additional administrative processing fees.

Administration and daily operations of the CSULB parking program are the responsibility of Parking and Transportation Services and the University Police Department. Parking regulations are subject to change without notice.

Parking Permit Terms and Conditions

CSULB has moved to License Plate Recognition (LPR) and virtual permitting. This page will list the parking privileges within the different parking classifications. All permits are nontransferable and valid only to the person to whom the permit is issued. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in a citation.

Virtual Permits

You will not need to display a physical hangtag or paper permit if you have purchased one of the following virtual permits. Please ensure your license plate number has been entered correctly in order to avoid an unnecessary citation.

Student
Valid in lots designated as general parking, and parking structures 1, 2, and 3, unless the space is restricted with posted signage. Valid in employee spaces after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.), and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Employee
Valid in employee lots designated as restricted parking, unmarked spaces in lots designated as general parking, parking structures 1,2, and 3, and unless the space is restricted with posted signage. Employee virtual permits are also valid in short-term parking from 5:30 p.m. on Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Daily
Daily parking may be purchased at the parking pay stations on campus. Daily parking is valid from time of purchase until 11:59 p.m. in all general lots. Daily parking is also valid in employee lots after 5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.), and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Disabled visitors may stop by the Visitor Information Center (VIC) for day permit and parking information Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily parking purchases are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Short-Term
Short-term parking is available in various time increments and can be purchased at pay stations in lots where short-term parking is valid including Lots 1, 8A, 11C, 16, 17, 21, Beachside, the South Turnaround, and select street parking spaces on State University Drive. Short-term parking purchases are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Resident, Beachside (“B” Permit)
Valid in designated Resident spaces at Beachside campus. Valid in employee and general lots after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.), and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Also, valid in Lot 20 during Hillside and Parkside dining hall hours, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Overnight parking must be in designated resident spaces only.

Resident, On-Campus (“R” Permit)
Valid in designated Resident spaces in Lots 14C, 14D and 19. Valid in employee and general lots after 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.) and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Valid in Beachside resident spaces during dining hall hours Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Overnight parking must be in designated resident parking spaces at Beachside campus only.

Overnight (Resident Guests)
Valid only in Lot 20 (valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase) and Beachside (begins at 5:00 pm and is valid until 8:59 a.m. the following day). Purchased at pay stations only.

Motorcycle
Valid only in designated motorcycle spaces. Please see the campus map for designated motorcycle parking locations.

Official Guest of the University
Valid in Official Guest of the University spaces located in the South Turnaround, in all short-term parking spaces located in Lots 1, 8A, 11C, 16, 17, and State University Drive. Also, valid in all general parking lot spaces including parking structures 1, 2, and 3, unless otherwise restricted with posted signage.

Hangtag or Paper Permits

CSULB will continue to issue plastic hangtags or physical paper permits for the following permit groups until these groups can be fully transitioned to the License Plate Recognition (LPR) parking system. These permits must be visibly displayed from the rearview mirror (or dashboard in the case of paper permits) at all times when the vehicle is parked on CSULB campus. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in a citation.

Activity
Valid in parking structures 1, 2, and 3 after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Community
Valid in unmarked spaces in general parking lots, parking structures 1, 2, and 3. Valid in all employee lots after 5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.) and all day on weekends unless the space is otherwise restricted with posted signage.

Emeriti
Valid in employee lots designated as restricted parking, unmarked spaces in lots designated as general parking, and parking structures 1, 2, and 3 unless the space is restricted with posted signage.

Lot 10A
Valid in Lot 10A and unmarked spaces in lots designated as general parking and parking structures 1, 2, and 3 unless the space is restricted with posted signage. Valid in employee lots after 5:30 p.m. (Lot 5 after 7 p.m.) and all day on weekends.

Office of the President
Valid in all spaces on campus except when designated as A, D, State Vehicle, Police, Disabled, red curbs or other locations where vehicle parking is prohibited.

Special Events
Special Events permits will be lot-specific and generally ordered in bulk through the EMS system. Cost varies depending on agreement set up with Parking and Transportation Services and the department/organization hosting the event.

Volunteer
Valid in the parking lot designated on the front of the permit. If the designated lot is full, then permit is valid in Parking Structures 1, 2, and 3, unless the space is restricted with posted signage.