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Cabrillo College Parking Regulations


Parking Regulations Enforced

24 hours a day, 7 days a week


(Cabrillo College Parking Information Updated Spring 2018)

Cabrillo College Parking Policy (AP 6750)

The Cabrillo College District Parking Regulations and the California Vehicle Code are enforced at all times. Vehicles not properly parked, or not in compliance with Cabrillo College District Parking Regulations or the California Vehicle Code, are subject to fines, towing, or impoundment.




Parking Permits:

* Parking permit requirements are subject to changes posted at the beginning of a new semester.

Cabrillo College does not provide “FREE” parking. All vehicles parked on Cabrillo College property are required to “properly” display a valid Cabrillo College parking permit.

Important: It is the responsibility of the person parking the vehicle to make sure the parking permit is properly displayed. This may be achieved one of two ways;


  • The permit may be affixed to the lower left corner of the vehicle’s driverside windshield.
  • The permit may be affixed to a “hangtag” and hung from the vehicle’s rear view mirror. (“Hangtags” are available at the student book store.)


PERMITS MUST BE MADE VISIBLE: Sun visors or other items that block or impair the visibility of the parking permit through the windshield are cause for citation.



Cabrillo College Staff & Faculty:


  • Cabrillo College Staff and Faculty are issued Annual “Staff” Parking permits each October.
  • The first permit is provided at no charge. An additional permit may be purchased for $2.00 and are available through the Welcome Center and/or your department heads.
  • “Staff” parking permits allow for parking in either “Staff” or “Student” parking spaces however, they are not valid in “Visitor” or other specially marked spaces.



  • Semester permits ($40.00) are available through the Cabrillo College Welcome Center.
  • One day parking permits ($4.00) are available at permit machines located in parking lots and may be purchased using credit/debit cards only.
  • “Disability” permits are available for those students with temporary injuries that impair their mobility. These permits are available through Student Services. These permits allow for students to park in “Staff” parking but do not allow for parking in “Visitor” or other specially marked spaces.
  • Permits are available for purchase two (2) weeks prior to the “Fall” and “Spring” sessions and one (1) week prior to “Summer” session



  • Visitor spaces are limited but available at various locations throughout the campus. Visitor parking space “time limits” are strictly enforced. (staff/student permits are not allowed in visitor spaces)
  • Vendors and Contractors conducting business on the campus must obtain a permit from the Division/Department they are contracted with. (Division/Departments are responsible for the planning and obtaining of permits for their Vendors/Contractors prior to their arrival)


Parking Lots:


  • Parking Lots are marked by letter
  • Upper Campus: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, Hort,I, J, P
  • Lower Campus: K, L, M, N, R, S
  • Each lot is designated a specific parking type; “Student”, “Staff” or “Visitor”
  • Those designations are indicated below each letter on the posted parking lot sign, generally speaking “Staff” parking spaces are also marked “Staff” in white paint.
  • It is the responsibility of the person parking the vehicle to seek out these signs and park in the proper parking area based on the type of permit issued them. (example: Lot A = Student Parking, Lot C = Staff parking)


Parking Lot Designations:


Aptos Campus:




Student, Visitor & Disabled



Staff Only



Staff & Specially Posted



Staff Only



Staff Only (Student parking after 5:00pm)






Staff Only & Disabled



Student, Staff, Visitor & Disabled



Staff Only (Student parking after 5:00pm)


LOT J:      


Staff & Disabled

Student, Staff & Disabled



Student, Staff & Disabled



Student, Staff & Disabled



Staff, Visitor & Disabled



Student, Staff, Specially Posted & Disabled



Student & Disabled



Student, Specially Posted & Disabled



Staff, Specially Posted & Disabled


Lower Perimeter Road:

Student & Staff


Upper Perimeter Road:



Watsonville Campus:



Lot A:

Staff Only


Lot B:

Staff Only (Student parking after 5:00 pm)


Lot C:




Additional parking Information:


Motorcycle parking:

  • Designated Motorcycle parking spaces may be found throughout the campus
  • Motorcycles parking in these designated spaces need not purchase or display a parking permit.
  • However, motorcycles parking in traditional parking stalls designated for vehicles other than motorcycles may be required to show proof of purchase of a valid permit prior to the issuance of a citation.
  • Parking in a space not desginated for parking will result in a citation.


Visitor Parking:

  • Visitor parking is reserved for visitors to the campus.
  • Student and Staff permits are not valid in these spaces.
  • Vehicles parked in parking spaces in excess of the time limit posted  (i.e.: “Visitor Parking” 20 minute limit) are subject to citation.


Disabled Persons Vehicles:

  • Vehicles displaying a proper “Disabled Persons” placard and/or license plates may park in any Staff, Student or designated “Disabled Parking” space without the need of purchasing or displaying a parking permit
  • However, “Disabled Person” placards and license plates are not authorized in specially marked spaces such as “Loading zones”, “Fire Lanes” “Emergency and/or authorized vehicles only” or spaces designated for “Dental Hygiene” patients.
  • Persons with disabilities and displaying proper placards and/or license plates are encouraged to use any of the specially designated “disabled persons” parking spaces marked with the traditional blue and white markings within the space and a blue and white sign posted in front of the space.
  • Persons not displaying the proper placard and/or license plate are subject to citation. ($275.00 fine minimum)
  • Specially issued “disabled persons” permits from the Cabrillo College Disabled Students office DO NOT qualify for disabled persons parking spaces. 


Electronic Vehicle Parking:


Designated parking for alternative fuel/hybrid vehicles actively charging is available on a first come/first served basis. Users must be plugged in and/or actively charging while parked in a Cabrillo College charging space and must display a valid semester or daily parking permit for the date and time they are charging.



Grace Periods:


  • Two (2) grace periods per year; Fall and Spring Sessions
  • One (1) week at the beginning of both the Fall and Spring Semester
  • There is no grace period during the Summer or other sessions
  • Grace periods apply to student parking areas ONLY
  • Grace periods  DO NOT apply to “staff”, “visitor” or other specially marked parking areas



Parking permits allow you to park on campus however they do not guarantee you a parking space close to your class. It is recommended that during the first four weeks of each semester you arrive at least one hour prior to the start of your class. There are almost always parking spaces available on the lower campus. (Lots: K, L, M, R & S)

Parking Violations & Fines

  • No Parking Permit: $40.00
  • Parking Lot Use (ie: students parking in staff): $40.00
  • Parked in areas not designated for parking: $40.00
  • Disabled Parking: $275.00
  • Permit improperly displayed: $30.00
  • More than one space: $40.00
  • Loading Zone Use: $30.00
  • Parked in specially posted areas: $40.00
  • Improper parallel parking: $40.00
  • Vehicle Code violation: $40.00
  • Sleeping overnight in vehicle: $59.00


How to Pay a Parking Citation:

1.      In person -The Cabrillo College Sheriff’s Office accepts payments Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. We accept Cash, Check, MasterCard and Visa

2.      Online :

*A Standard Payment Plan – Available to all registered owners.  No proof of income is required. A one-time $15 fee will be applied. To apply please call the Citation Processing Center at 800-989-2058.



Parking Enforcement:



Cabrillo College Parking Regulations are enforced seven (7) days a week.





  • All vehicles parking on Cabrillo College property must possess and display a valid Cabrillo College parking permit.
  • Students may park in designated student parking spaces only.
  • California Vehicle Code Laws (CVC) are enforced on Cabrillo College campuses.



Legal Authority:


  • Section 23113A of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) grants the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office the authority to enforce  ALL California Vehicle Code laws and violations thereof within the Cabrillo College District properties to include but not limited to; parking lots, roadways, driveways, sidewalks, walking paths and common areas.
  • In addition, the District may adopt its own regulations in an effort to provide adequate parking while allowing for the safe movement of both pedestrians and vehicles throughout the District’s property (Cabrillo AP 6750)


Note: Parking rules and regulations are created and set forth by the Cabrillo College Administration and its governing board. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office contracts with Cabrillo College to provide law enforcement services on the campus and as such, oversees and assists in the management of the college’s parking program. Citations issued for violating the programs rules and regulations are authored by authorized personnel to including Cabrillo College student employees and specific Sheriff’s Office personnel. Cabrillo College Sheriff’s Office staff do not issue citations and have no authority or formalized part of the appeals process. They are assigned to help provide advice and guidance to those who wish to appeal.





Right to Appeal:


Legal Limitations:


California Vehicle Code 40202c: Any peace officer, including the issuing officer, who alters, conceals, modifies, nullifies, or destroys any “notice” of parking violation once issued, is in violation and guilty of a misdemeanor. However, this law does provide means by which the issuing officer may recommend “dismissal” of parking citations under specific circumstances.


Department Policy


  • To comply with the provisions of 40202c CVC, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office began a policy where requests for citation dismissal would be denied except as provided below:
    • The issuing officer is in agreement that the violation did not occur
    • “Interest of Justice” and/or “Extenuating circumstances”
    • Mistake of Fact - Officer Error


Appeal Process:


·         Your options:


  • You may pay the citation (this completes your obligation and concludes your appeals process)
  • If you feel you received the citation in error you may appeal the citation by;
    • Filing an appeal online (see back of citation).
    • Completing an appeal form at the campus’ Sheriff’s Office.

 Note: Citiations issued are the responsibility of the person parking the vehicle on college property. They have 21 business days to proactively resolve the citation through the provided options.




  • Each appeal is reviewed by a designated Sheriff’s Office employee who is not part of the issuance process but well versed in the college’s parking rules and regulations.
  • This reviewer uses “basic rules of evidence” when making determinations of appeals.
  • Evidence revied may inclued photos, commonly taken by the citation issuer at the time the citation was issued. The reviewer may also review items the person appealing has chosen to provide.
  • Decisions rendered are mailed to the person appealing the citation at the address they provide at the time the appeals form(s) are completed and submitted.
  • If you chose to appeal the “appellate decision” made by the reviewer you may request an “Administrative hearing.”


Administrative Hearing:


  • The administrative hearing is conducted by a contracted third party
  • There is a $15.00  non-refundable administrative processing fee charged by the adminstrativer hearing officer for all administrative hearing requests.
  • Decisions rendered are mailed to the person appealing and conclude the appeals process




Commonly used reasons for appeal that will not be dismissed:


Below are some commonly listed reasons given when appealing a parking citation.  While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the laws of the State and the College. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator being successful in a hearing:

  • “I was just running a short errand.”
  • “I was late for business/personal appointment"
  • “There was nowhere else to park.” or “The lots were all full.”
  • “I didn't see the sign.” or “I didn't understand the sign."
  • “Only part of my car was illegally parked”, “But I left someone in the car”
  • “I left my emergency lights on” or “I left a note."
  • “It was only for a few minutes."
  • “Nobody else got a ticket."
  • “Someone else was using my vehicle.”
  • “An official saw me park and didn't say anything”
  • “I was told it was OK for a few minutes."
  • "I've done it for years and never gotten a ticket.”



Note: other than an extenuation circumstance, medical emergency, requiring the driver to leave the vehicle unattended or improperly parked for purposes of notifying college personnel or seeking medical assistance, the above mentioned rationales do not negate the fact the a violation of the college’s parking regulations has occurred.


Reminder: It is the responsibility of the vehicle’s owner and/or person(s) whom are parking the vehicle on college  to property make themselves aware and follow all of the college’s parking rules and regulations. A claim of ignorance is not justification for a violation.




If you have questions regarding your citation, read the back of the citation carefully. If you still have a question, you may call the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, Cabrillo College Division at 831-479-6313.

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