FAQ: Daily Rates

Your Daily Rate Questions

Below is recent poll taken on November 12, 2020 from participants in the Transportation Tomorrow Forum discussion on License Plate Recognition. While roughly 89% of the respondents were staff members, who are largely working from home, the findings of the poll are an indication that COVID-19 and shelter-in-place has already changed commuting patterns to campus, and will remain mostly unchanged for the foreseeable future. Introducing daily parking rates offer daily choices to staff and student drivers who are adapting to virtual work/learning as part of regular flexible schedules.

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Commute Poll
Participants of the Transportation Tomorrow Forum were asked on November 12, 2020 about their current commute to campus, if any. Breakdown of those surveyed: Total responses 80, 4% Academics, 7% Student/Graduate, 89% Staff

→ Learn about the Transportation Tomorrow Forum discussion on License Plate Recognition and Daily Rates.

FAQ: Daily Rates 

  • What are the daily rates?
  • Please click here to see our Types and Rates page for a breakdown of all parking rates.
  • How did you decide on the daily rate prices?
  • We looked at how to balance the needs of our affiliates to have an affordable rate, the financial needs for our department, and maintain a sufficient price difference between the rates to reduce congestion and balance demand.
  • When are the daily rates taking effect?
  • Daily C and Daily L rates opened to all students and employees who want to opt-in as of January 1, 2021. Daily A is available to staff and faculty as of March 1, 2021.
  • Will monthly parking permits still be available for students?
  • No. Beginning January 1, 2021, monthly parking permits will no longer be available for students to purchase.
  • Will monthly parking permits still be available for employees?
  • Beginning July 1, 2021, payroll-deducted monthly parking permits will no longer be available for employees to purchase. However, we do offer a Level Rate Parking Program with a monthly rate for those with a staff code.
  • Who is eligible for the campus affiliate daily parking rates?
  • Staff and students are eligible for the (lower) affiliate daily rates.
  • Why was I charged $12 to park and not the cheaper rate?
  • In some cases you may be charged the Visitor rate ($12/day) because you are not an affiliate of UC Davis or set up your ParkMobile with a non-UC Davis email. Visitors (non-affiliates) are not eligible for the lower daily rates. If none of these cases apply to you, and you feel you were charged $12 in error, please contact parking@ucdavis.edu.
  • Will there be an option for employees to use pre-tax payroll deduction to pay for parking?
  • We do not currently have a payroll deduction option for employees as we are working to onboard a new vendor. We will have more information in Fall 2021. 
  • Are graduate student employees considered students for the daily rate structure?
  • Yes, graduate students are students first, as it applies to parking rates. 
  • If I pay in one zone and need to move to another zone later in the day, do I need to pay a daily fee each time I re-park?
  • No, you will only need to pay once a day to park. Before 5 p.m. just be sure to park in the same zone level or a less expensive zone. For example, if you park/pay for a Daily C, then move your car, be sure to park in another Daily C or Daily L area when you return. After 5 p.m, you may re-park in any zone. For example, after 5 p.m., if you park/pay for a Daily C, you may move your car to any open A, C or L Zone. Limited time zones, such as 70-minute and 35-minute areas, are not included. 
  • With daily rates for parking, how will it work if a department currently has a shared permit for employees to borrow so they can occasionally pick up and load items closer to the building?
  • Transportation Services is developing alternative e-permits (promo codes) for these needs. 
  • How will the daily rate structure impact dorm and privatized housing residents?
  • Campus housing residents historically have not been able to have their vehicles on the main campus. However, this January-June 2021, Transportation Services will extend the affiliate rates (i.e. $3 or $2/day) to campus residents who wish to bring their vehicles to the campus. The planned expiration date is July 1, 2021, after which campus residents who choose to park on campus will need to pay the visitor (non-affiliate) daily rate ($12/day).
  • How with the daily rate structure impact Resident Advisors of dorm housing?
  • Transportation Services will work with Student Housing to offer affiliate rates to Resident Advisors.
  • How do daily rates affect parking reciprocity with other UC campuses?
  • If you need to park on another UC campus, you will need to contact their campus to see if they would honor your daily payment. If so, we can provide you with a courtesy cardstock permit to display on their campus. Email Transportation Services to set up an appointment: parking@ucdavis.edu
  • Will departments get refunds for existing pads of permits that executive offices have? Will campus guest passes still be valid?
  • We will offer validation codes (for use on ParkMobile) and will issue the department an equal number of codes for pre-purchased cards (only if undated or marked). We will continue to honor the light purple cardstock permits through 9/30/21. Departments will be required to turn in light purple cardstock permits no later than 12/31/21 in order to receive partial credit to purchase validation codes.
  • How will campus guests pay for parking during special events?
  • Event organizers decide if they want to pre-pay their attendee parking or have Transportation Services collect it from them.
  • West Village currently has special pricing for parking. What level of parking will staff working at West Village be charged for parking there?
  • These facilities are public/private partnerships operated by a private company. The facilities choose their own parking rates and will continue to charge residents via their rent portal. 
  • Will those who carpool need to pay for a daily rate?
  • Yes. Members of the carpool will need to determine amongst themselves who will pay each day. If using ParkMobile to pay for parking, passengers may input the driver's vehicle license plate number into their ParkMobile account, and share the cost by alternating paying for parking through the app. (You do not need to own the vehicle to list its license plate on your ParkMobile account.)
  • Will there be a daily rate discount for registered carpools?
  • No, we will no longer be offering discounts for carpools. Additionally, those who carpool do not need to register with Transportation Services. 
  • Will A zones, which are typically reserved for staff and faculty, remain staff lots once we switch to daily rates?
  • Yes, however, if the demand for A spaces increases, we would adjust the inventories for each rate level to accommodate the shifting demand.  
  • Will time limits still apply to permitted spaces that only allow 1 hour or 2 hours?
  • Yes, these spaces with limited time, and no meter, are paid for by sponsoring departments. Each year we talk with these departments about their reserved time-space needs and costs.
  • Will there still be goClub complimentary parking passes for use?
  • For now, no. With the loss of revenue to fund various subsidies within the goClub, commuter incentives are something we hope to continue. 
  • How will daily rates affect parking for those who drive electric vehicles?
  • Electric vehicle drivers may pay the posted daily rate for EV vehicles. The daily rate includes the time to charge (up to 4 hours) as well as daily parking access in either a C or L zone. No need to pay twice.
    Note: If a charging stall is not available when you need to pay for parking and you pay through ParkMobile, you will see a 4-hour timer. Until further notice, you may ignore this timer and park in a C or L stall until a charging stall becomes available. 
  • How will daily rates affect disabled people who drive to campus?
  • Vehicles displaying a disabled placard do not pay for parking and may continue to park in distinguished disabled spaces, or any non-restricted space provided the driver/vehicle has a placard or disabled plates.
  • Can we use an EasyPark unit to pay for daily parking?
  • We will honor the EasyPark units through the fiscal year (ending on June 30, 2021) in the C or L zones. On July 1, 2021, we will no longer support these units. Once you have used the time remaining on the unit you may return it and receive a refund on your unit deposit.

  • What if I don’t use a smartphone and can’t pay for parking using the ParkMobile app?
  • If you don’t use a smartphone you may pay for parking using the instructions available here.
    Note: If you pay for parking at one of our permit dispensers, you will pay the visitor rate and not the daily affiliate rate. 

  • I don't have a calling plan on my smartphone. Will there be wi-fi access in the parking lots?
  • Wi-fi access to the parking facilities is being assessed and enhanced where possible.
  • Where will the permit dispensers be located to pay for daily parking? 
  • We are currently updating our maps, and Cosmo machines are located:
    Pavilion Garage N/W and S/E
    Quad Garage S/W
    Gateway Garage S/W
    - Lot 1
    Lot 5
    Lot 15
    Lot 25
    Lot 47
    Lot 56
    Please note affiliate rates are not available when using the COSMOS (permit-dispensers) machines. 

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