This is a guide to parking on campus, specific to your relationship with UC Davis. Are you a student? Staff? Visiting us? We've got information to help you find the "how" and "where" to park.

Guide to Parking on Campus

General Parking Information

  • To park on campus, all vehicles need to display a valid permit. All parking regulations are enforced during quarter breaks and during summer. Permits must be fully displayed on the driver's side of the dashboard or on the rear view mirror in a position clearly visible to Parking Enforcement Officers. Overnight parking is prohibited without prior authorization from Transportation Services.

Parking Permits

  • You may purchase monthly, annual and multi-year parking permits, as well as daily options from Transportation Services. Most A, C and N (Night) permits are available for purchase online, or eligible staff/faculty may enroll in pre-tax payroll deductions. UC Davis staff, faculty and students may purchase one permit for which they are eligible.
  • Resale, transfer or use of permits by anyone other than the original purchaser is prohibited, and violations of this policy may result in citation issuance, revocation or suspension of future permit privileges, refund forfeiture, and/or a referral to the Student Judicial Affairs office.
  • Vehicles registered to campus housing residents (or the resident's family name/address) may not display longer term day use campus permits and are subject to citation and additional sanctions.
  • When Parking Oversized Vehicles, please be sure to display one permit for each space the vehicle occupies, and ensure that the vehicle is parked in a manner that does not restrict sight lines or traffic flow for other drivers or bicyclists.
  • Overnight parking is not allowed, except with approval through the Transportation Services office. Requests for exceptions to this policy can be submitted by email, or by calling 530-752-8277.

Parking for the Aggie Community and Guests


Visitor Parking (Guests)

A valid UC Davis permit is required to park on campus. Daily Visitor Permits (VP) may be purchased from permit-dispensing machines located at the lot entrances.

  • Permit dispensers accept Visa and Mastercard only (they do not accept cash).
  • Visitors may also purchase  daily/multi-use (up to 10 uses) visitor permit.
  • EasyPark Personal Parking Meter is available for purchase from Transportation Services.
  • Click here to see information on LOTS WITH DAILY VISITOR PERMIT DISPENSERS
  • Permits are available in the following lots:
    1, 2, 5, 15, 17, 22, 25, 30, 31, 35, 40, 47, 49, 50, 53, 55, 56, 57, 81

    Permits are also available at:

    Hopkins Parking Facility
    Putah Creek Lodge
    Pavilion Parking Structure
    Gateway Parking Structure
    Quad District Parking Structure 
  • Visitor permits are valid for the date purchased and are honored in the lots listed above in Daily Visitor Permit Dispensers Available Lots Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. The cost of Visitor parking permits is not refundable, so please read posted signage to determine if a permit is required. Permits should be displayed on the driver's side dashboard of the vehicle. Visitor permits are not honored in restricted spaces.
  • Click here to see information on RESTRICTED SPACES
  • Restricted spaces are enforced 24 hours, 7 days a week and may be designated and identified by the presence of posted signs, curb markings, parking space markings or other similar devices commonly used to indicate vehicle parking spaces. Unless you have the appropriate permit or authorization from Transportation Services, please do not park in the following areas:

    Red zones or Reserved spaces
    Loading zones or time zones, beyond the posted maximum time
    Diamond E/Vendor, Chancellor/Vice Chancellor/Deans areas
    Disabled, D, H, TH and Special Permit spaces
    Carpool/Vanpool Spaces (until after the posted time)
    Any other restricted space/area
    Meters, beyond maximum time purchased with coin (until after 5pm with a valid permit)
    Housing areas (as posted)
    Bike or pedestrian pathways
    Unpaved or unmarked parking areas
  • After 5 p.m., Visitor Permits are also available from permit dispensing machines located at many of the entrances to "A" Permit parking lots. These permits are valid in non-restricted parking spaces and at meters Monday through Friday, and are valid only on the night purchased.

Parking Meters are available for the time purchased by coin (or when an EasyPark is displayed and in use), not to exceed the length of time posted for the area. Meter feeding is prohibited. The vehicle must be moved when the maximum time has elapsed.

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Retiree Parking

The UC Davis campus encourages retired staff and faculty to remain active within the campus community and interact with colleagues and students. The University is grateful for the volunteer services and contributions of UC Davis retirees and realizes the value of the retiree parking program in support of these continued efforts. The campus will continue to fund retiree parking through the fiscal year ending June 2019. In light of our current campus budget challenges, the Retiree Parking Program will continue to be evaluated in future years and any program changes or updates will be communicated to "RT" permit holders.

Former faculty and staff, identified by the campus Benefits Office as officially retired, as well as retirees from other UC campuses who join either the UC Davis Retirees' Association or UC Davis Emeriti Association, can obtain a complimentary Retiree Parking Permit (RT). RT permits provide "A" permit parking privileges on the UC Davis campus and "B" permit parking at the UC Davis Health system.

Ways to obtain a RT Parking Permit:

  • Visit Transportation Services during regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Request a permit via email
  • Request a permit by fax, 530-752-6966

The following forms of identification must be provided at the time of request:

  1. Driver's License or State issued ID
  2. AggieCard (obtained from the AggieCard office at the Memorial Union)
  3. Retirement confirmation letter (mailed from UCRS when retirement is confirmed) or direct deposit/SurePay pension statement (downloaded from "At Your Service" website)

There are established policies and eligibility requirements to ensure the integrity of the retiree permit program and to minimize program costs. If retired faculty or staff members return to attend school or to work for the University with an employment appointment (regardless of percentage) and/or are being compensated for their services, they are no longer eligible for the permit. "RT" permits are not transferable and may be used only by the individual to whom the permit is issued. Permits and/or future parking privileges may be revoked as a result of inappropriate use. We appreciate your cooperation with these RT permit conditions. Should your permit be lost or stolen, please notify Transportation Services immediately. There is a cost to replace a lost or stolen permit. If you have any questions or comments please contact Transportation Services.

NOTE: Retiree Permits are not valid in red zones, disabled spaces (unless your DMV issued placard is displayed), reserved or carpool spaces (until after the posted time), Diamond E/Vendor areas, "H", "D", or "TH" areas, special permit, loading/time zones beyond the posted time, or other restricted spaces. Regulations for these areas are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

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UC Reciprocity (Faculty and Staff)

The University of California campuses offer reciprocity to faculty and staff for parking permits. Each campus has a unique set of circumstances relating to various parking issues (parking spaces available, various rates, access by gate, kiosks, specific designated lots, etc.). Because of these differences, the permit holder should do the following:

  1. Contact the appropriate campus parking office to arrange reciprocal parking. By contacting the campus you plan to visit in advance, faculty and staff will know what to expect before they get there.
  2. Stop at the information/parking booth or the Parking Office when you arrive at the campus you are visiting. Once there, pick up a permit for that specific campus (there may be a charge). This will enable the host campus to give appropriate information about available parking and additional access (i.e., mag stripe access ticket to UCLA gate-controlled areas) if needed.

What's the purpose of reciprocity? | Reciprocity among the UC campuses is for the purpose of expediting university business conducted by the faculty or staff member at the host campus, and is valid for no more than five consecutive days. If an employee from another UC campus is working or teaching for a period longer than five days, a permit purchase may be required.

Student permits do not have reciprocity. Students from other UC campuses must purchase parking at each individual campus according to the availability, rate, etc. for that campus. If a student from one campus (for example, UCSB) is taking a class at another campus (for example, UCLA), the student may apply for a permit according to the regulations and eligibility set forth by the host campus (for example above, UCLA).

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Contractor Parking Options

Contractors who are authorized to work on projects that provide a fenced off dirt/gravel staging area can purchase a parking identifier from Transportation Services. These identifiers are offered for a $3.60 base rate, plus $2.90 for each month the permit is valid. They are valid only in the area designated for the project.

Contractors who are required to park in other areas of campus, may utilize any of the parking options that are available to other campus visitors:

  • Purchase a daily visitor permit, valid in Visitor and C permit spaces, available for purchase at kiosks located at the entrance to most visitor lots.
  • Pay and park in a metered space before 5 p.m. (up to the maximum time posted) at the rate of $1.50 per hour, and time zones are available at no cost when the vehicle is parked for no longer than the posted time limit.
  • Park in metered spaces after 5 p.m. without inserting coins.

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Vendor Parking Options

  • Purchase a vendor parking permit (V). Vendors who regularly visit the campus and park for extended periods have the option of purchasing a campus vendor permit (V). Vendor permits provide access to posted "vendor" spaces, in addition to A and C permit spaces. Vendor permits are sold by the day, month or through the fiscal year, and may be purchased from Transportation Services. See Permit Types and Rates for current permit rates.
  • Buy a daily vendor permit if parking all day (before 5 p.m.) at the West and South Gate Kiosks.
  • Pay and park in a metered space before 5 p.m. (up to the maximum time posted) at the rate of $1.50 per hour, and time zones are available at no cost when the vehicle is parked for no longer than the posted time limit.
  • Park in metered spaces after 5 p.m. without inserting coins.
  • Buy and use an EasyPark Personal Parking Meter. Pre-load your meter, display it on your dashboard and only pay for the time you use. Learn more
    • Vendors also have access to any of the parking options that are available to other campus visitors. Daily visitor permits are valid in Visitor and C permit spaces, and are available for purchase at the entrance to most visitor lots.

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Delivery Vehicles

Suppliers who make short term deliveries with marked company vehicles, such as UPS, DHL, Office Max, Fed Ex, etc., are not required to purchase a permit if they park in areas appropriate for loading/unloading while making a delivery. However, couriers in personal and unmarked vehicles may use the parking options available to Vendors, as noted above.

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Additional Parking and Access Information

Central Campus Access

The restricted center core area of the UC Davis campus is defined as that portion of the central campus that limits vehicular traffic by the use of traffic control gates and bollards. General vehicle access to the restricted campus core, identified at various entry points by mechanical gate arms, is limited to emergency response vehicles, authorized buses, Mobility Assistance Shuttles and authorized vehicles whose heavy loading/unloading needs cannot be met by other parking options. 

Vehicles entering the core are required to display a “Central Campus” permit and drivers are responsible for adhering to established central campus access guidelines and regulations in efforts to maintain a safe environment. Temporary access permits (up to 30 minutes for heavy loading/unloading purposes) may be requested from the West Entry Information Kiosk, located on Hutchison Drive near the west entrance to the central campus. Written requests for longer term access (up to one hour) may be submitted to Transportation Services for review. If approved, these permits must be displayed with a valid UC Davis permit or in an Exempt vehicle. Central campus permits provide parking in unrestricted marked parking spaces located in small parking areas throughout the core area. They do not provide street parking or access to restricted spaces.

  • Start Time   End Time 
    7:50 a.m. 8 a.m.
    8:50 a.m.  9 a.m.
    9:50 a.m. 10 a.m.
    10:20 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
    10:50 a.m. 11 a.m.
    11:50 a.m. 12:10 p.m.
    1 p.m. 1:10 p.m.
    1:30 p.m. 1:40 p.m.
    2 p.m. 2:10 p.m.
    3 p.m. 3:10 p.m.
    4 p.m. 4:10 p.m.
    4:30 p.m. 4:40 p.m.
    5 p.m. 5:10 p.m.
    6 p.m. 6:10 p.m.
    7 p.m. 7:10 p.m.
  • Vehicular movement in the center core is prohibited during class breaks/lockdown. When a traffic control gate light is flashing, lockdown is in progress and drivers may not enter the center core during this time.
    • To avoid blocking vehicles that are authorized to move during class breaks (emergency response vehicles, public transit buses and the Mobility Assistance Shuttle), drivers may not pull their vehicle in front of the gate arm until the light has stopped flashing.
    • Drivers may never drive around the bollards or control gates to gain access.
    • Drivers that are already in the core during class breaks are required to park along the curb and stay in the vehicle until lockdown/class break has concluded.
    • The core may not be used as a short cut to travel to a destination point outside of the campus core, or to drop off passengers, and the speed limit when driving in the core is 15MPH.  This policy is intended to help reduce the amount of vehicular traffic within the core and minimize the potential of car versus bicyclist/pedestrian accidents.

Hours of operation for central campus lockdown periods are Monday-Friday, 7:50 a.m.–7:10 p.m. The Central Campus access management policy is administered by Transportation Services, and parking violations are enforced by Transportation Services and the campus Police. Moving violations (exceeding the speed limit, driving during class breaks/lockdown, disregarding bollards/gates, etc.) will be enforced by the campus Police Department.

Central Campus parking privileges may be revoked at any time. Below are points to remember when driving/parking in the center core:
  • The speed limit is 15 MPH
  • Be aware of bicycle and pedestrian traffic
  • Use caution when entering a traffic circle and always travel in a counter clockwise direction
  • Park only in unrestricted marked parking spaces for the time authorized by your permit
  • Do not park on the street
  • Vehicle movement is prohibited during class breaks

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Electric Vehicle Parking

Electric vehicles are required to display a valid campus parking permit and may park in a space where the permit is honored. Electric vehicles may also utilize spaces that are designated for electric vehicle charging at various locations around campus (please see permit requirements and restrictions below). These spaces provide access for charging purposes only, up to the posted time limit. Please be courteous to other electric vehicle drivers and do not unplug vehicles without the owner’s express consent. Transportation Services requests that you return the cord to the charging station when finished.

Permit Requirements

Electric vehicles charging at designated charging stations or electrical outlets on the main campus are required to display an appropriate permit. An ELEC decal must be purchased (effective July 1, 2019, the cost is $10/mo) from Transportation Services and applied to one of the following valid UC Davis permits:

  • Any Monthly, Quarter, Semester, Annual or Multi-year permit, including M (motorcycle) and those issued for departmental use
  • CP (Carpool) and GP (Vanpool) permits
  • GCA/GCC (goClub) cardstock 24-use permits (offered at a one month rate)

ELEC decals are not required for use on the following permits:

  • Daily Visitor/Guest permits
  • EasyPark Personal Parking Meters

ELEC decals must be purchased using the same payment method (payroll deduction, credit card, etc.) and with the same expiration date as the permit it is applied to. goClub members may purchase a decal for their complimentary 24-use GCC/GCA permit for a flat fee of $10. To obtain an ELEC decal for a current permit, please come into Transportation Services during our regular business hours with the permit the decal will be used on.

Transportation Services remains committed to supporting commuters who choose green commute alternatives. Although electricity for vehicle charging has historically been provided at no cost to drivers, establishment of this new charging rate is necessary to comply with new tax laws (Unrelated Business Income Tax) and to help recover some of the costs associated with TAPS providing electricity to our EV customers.  

→ Please see the Electric Vehicle page for more information.

Charging Options
  • Level 1 Charging (110 outlets) | Electric vehicles displaying a valid UC Davis permit with an ELEC decal may park on campus in a space where the permit is honored. Vehicles may charge for an unlimited period each day.  Daily Visitor Permits are exempt from the ELEC decal requirement.
  • Level 2 Charging (32 amp chargers) | Vehicles displaying any valid UC Davis permit with an ELEC decal may park and charge up to the posted 4-hour limit, after which time the vehicle must be moved to a parking space for which their permit type allows. Daily Visitor Permits are exempt from the ELEC overlay requirement.

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Stack Parking

Transportation Services 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. 

Transportation Services contracts with Corinthian International Parking Services to offer a stack parking program on campus. Available stack parking services:

  • Lot 25 (adjacent to the ARC)
  • Lot 47 (corner of La Rue Road and Bioletti Way)
  • Quad District Parking Structure (Howard Way)
  • Gateway District Parking Structure (Old Davis Road, south of Mondavi Center)
  • Pavilion District Parking Structure (corner of Hutchison and N. Dairy Road)

The hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The stack parking locations, hours of operation and service dates may be adjusted to accommodate parking demand and the needs of the campus. If customers are unable to retrieve their vehicle before 6 p.m., they may still claim their keys from a Transportation Services staff member that will be on duty at the Pavilion Structure entry kiosk until 9:30 p.m.

→ Questions? See Stack Parking FAQs. Or contact Transportation Services at 530-752-8277

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Parking Space Impacts

At times, large campus events will affect parking availability at certain lots on campus. Please check our Parking Space Impacts Bulletin to determine parking impacts from large events.

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