Stack Parking

Transportation Services (TAPS) manages stack parking services in designated parking facilities on campus to accommodate peak parking demands.

Stack Parking is a program that takes advantage of aisle space within designated parking facilities to double-park vehicles without disrupting traffic circulation.  Drivers may continue to self-park in an available parking space where their permit is valid (just as they normally would) but if these parking spaces all become full, attendants will be available to direct drivers to safely park on one side of a drive aisle (double-park).  The driver will park as directed, exit their vehicle, lock the car and provide the door/ignition key to the attendant on duty.  A claim ticket will be provided to the driver for reclaiming the vehicle/key later.  The attendant will move the vehicle only as necessary to allow safe exit by another vehicle, or to move it to a regular parking space if one becomes available. 

Stack parking services are not currently in effect on campus.  During peak parking months, TAPS contracts with Corinthian International Parking Services to provide these services in designated parking areas as needed to accommodate parking demand.  This webpage is continually updated during stack parking operations to provide key retrieval infomation and the hours/dates of service.

Please review the FAQs below, or contact TAPS at 530-752-8132 for additional information on this service.

Stack Parking FAQ

Q:  Is Stack parking different from Valet parking?

A:  Yes.  Stack parking allows drivers to self-park in an available parking space where their permit is valid, just as they normally would.  If these parking spaces become full in one of the designated stack parking locations, attendants will be available to direct drivers to park safely in an aisle.  The driver will exit their vehicle, lock the car and provide the door/ignition key to the attendant on duty.  A claim ticket will be provided to the driver for reclaiming the vehicle/key later.  The attendant will move the vehicle only as necessary to allow safe exit by another vehicle, or to move it to a regular parking space if one becomes available. Attendants do not accept tips or collect fees of any kind. 

Q:  Who manages the campus stack parking program?

A:  UC Davis Transportation Services (TAPS) has contracted with Corinthian International Parking Services to provide professional and efficient stack parking services.  This company has more than 25 years of experience specializing in garage and parking lot management.

Q:  Where will stack parking be provided and what are the hours of operation?

A:  Stack parking services are not currently in effect on campus.  During peak parking months, TAPS contracts with Corinthian International Parking Services to provide these services in designated parking areas as needed to accommodate parking demand.  When stack parking is implemented, this section will be updated to provide key retrieval information and the hours/dates of service.

Q:  If I stack park my vehicle and leave my keys with the attendant, what happens if I return after their shift ends at 6:00 pm?

A:  At closing, the attendant will attempt to call or send a text message with information about your keys.  The attendant will ensure your vehicle is moved to a regular parking space and that the vehicle’s doors are locked.  The keys will be safely delivered to a TAPS attendant at the Quad District Parking Structure entrance kiosk, located on Howard Way. You may exchange your claim check for your keys at this location from 6pm- 9:30pm.  After 9:30pm, remaining vehicle keys will be locked in a secure facility, and may be picked up the following morning from the Corinthian attendant in the lot where the vehicle was parked.  Another option is to carry a spare key with you, which allows you to drive your vehicle home and retrieve your keys from the attendant the following day. If you know you will be returning late, communicate this with the attendant to determine if other options are available.

Q:  Am I required to provide my keys to a stack parking attendant, and will my car be safe?

A:  If you self-park in a regular parking space, you do not need to leave your keys with an attendant. If the regular spaces in a parking lot/structure are full, customers always have the option to leave the area and proceed to another available parking location. However, those who take advantage of stack parking services will park their vehicle in the aisle as directed, lock their car, and provide the key to the attendant in exchange for a numbered claim check.  All keys will be kept in a secure key box along with the claim tag, and attendants will be present at all times during stack parking hours.  Vehicles will be released only when the appropriate claim ticket is presented. 

Q:  Do the attendants sell parking permits?

A:  No, the attendants are on site to manage vehicle parking and maximize the parking lot capacity.   The attendants do not monitor for permits, enforce regulations or sell permits.  Drivers are responsible for ensuring they have an appropriate permit for the area in which they park. 

Q:  What happens if an attendant damages my car?

A:  The parking contractor, Corinthian International, has an excellent reputation for carefully handling vehicles.  If you believe that your vehicle was damaged by a stack parking attendant, report the damage immediately to the attendant on duty.  The onsite manager will promptly assist you and provide instructions on filing a damage claim with their company.

Q:  Can I continue to use my car cover if I stack park my vehicle?

A:  The stack parking attendants need to promptly move your car on demand, and a car cover would delay this process.  If you want to use a car cover, you should self-park in a marked parking space instead of using stack parking services.

Q:  How many additional spaces will be created as a result of stack parking?

A:  The number of spaces created by stack parking is contingent upon the parking facility’s space inventory and layout.  For example, the daily parking capacity in Lot 47 will increase by 100 spaces and in the Quad structure by 120 spaces.