Parking Regulations

Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis in the San Mateo County Community College District except for specific spaces reserved for visitors, staff and the disabled. The District provides parking on its facilities but accepts no liability for vandalism, theft, or accident

 

  1. Virtual Parking Permit Requirements
  2. Purchasing Virtual Parking Permits for Student and Non-Students
  3. Affixing Virtual Parking Permit
  4. Daily/Visitor/Event Virtual Parking Permits
  5. Parking FAQ's
  6. Traffic and Parking Regulations
  7. Enforcement
  8. Appealing a Parking Citation
  9. Employee Virtual Parking Permits

 

  1. Virtual Parking Permit Requirements

    All persons driving motor vehicles (except motorcycles) onto campus and utilizing the parking facilities during regular class hours (Monday-Friday, 7am - 10pm) are required to obtain a virtual parking permit. Virtual parking permits are not required in student lots on weekends or holidays. Virtual parking permits are not required for motorcycles.

    A grace period allowing for the purchase of permits will be in effect during the first two weeks of the Spring and Fall semesters, and the first week of the Summer session. The grace period pertains only to digital permits, with all other parking regulations enforced at all times in all parking lots.

    SPRING 2022 A grace period allowing for the purchase of permits will be in effect during the first eight weeks of the Spring 2022 semester.  Following semesters will revert to the standard grace period of the first two weeks of Spring and Fall semesters, and the first week of the summer

  2. Purchasing Virtual Parking Permits for Student and Non-Students

    Student and Non-Student virtual parking permits are available for (prices effective Summer 2020) $58 each for Fall semester and Spring semester; $29 for the Summer session; and $106 for a two-term virtual permit (Fall and Spring). Semester virtual parking permits are valid at all three campuses of the District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College). Virtual parking permits for students with California College Promise Grant (CCPG) (formerly known as Board of Governor's (BOG)) waivers are $30 for Fall or Spring Semester and $25 for Summer. Virtual parking permit fees are nonrefundable unless an action of the College (i.e. cancellation of all of the student's classes) prevents the student from attending. Virtual parking permits are nonrefundable.

    Non-students that wish to purchase a semester long virtual permit can do so by clicking on the permit store link below and creating an account after click the "Guest Sign In" button.

    Virtual parking permits are available for purchase online (via WebSmart) during registration or in person at each College.  Virtual parking permits are only valid for the vehicle license plates you have registered to it. All vehicles parked on campus must be registered to a valid virtual parking permit beginning spring 2022. To simplify the purchase and vehicle registration process, purchasing a permit and registering your vehicle is done online, but an over-the-counter cash option is available at any cashiers office on our college campuses. 

    To purchase your semester virtual permit and register your vehicle, please go to https://smccd.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php

    You will need the following information to register a vehicle:

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    Once the online process is completed, your virtual parking permit will be active January 1, 2022. All information associated with your virtual parking permit must be kept current.

    If you need to add or change any information, please update your information online at https://smccd.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php . Only registered students may purchase a virtual student virtual parking permit.

    A student virtual parking permit does not guarantee the permit holder a parking space.  ​

    Important: Your vehicle and license information must enter match to the vehicle you are parking on campus.  Any discrepancies in this information may result in the issuance of a citation.

  3. Affixing Virtual Parking Permit

    Your virtual parking permit is your vehicle's license plate.  You must have a license plate on your vehicle at all times to be on any roadway in California.  If your vehicle does not have a license plate, it may be subject to citation.

  4. Daily/Visitor/Event Virtual Parking Permits

    All vehicles parked on campus must have a valid virtual parking permit beginning spring 2022. To simplify the purchase and vehicle registration process, purchasing a permit and registering your vehicle is done online. 

     

    A daily/visitor/event virtual parking permit is valid in any student lot.

    To purchase a daily visitor virtual permit and register your vehicle, please go to https://smccd.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php

    Once the online process is completed, your virtual parking permit will be active immediately or on the date you choose.

     

    COST:  All day:  $3.00

    All information associated with your virtual parking permit must be kept current.

    If you need to add or change any information, please update your information online at https://smccd.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php

  5. Parking FAQ's

    How do virtual permits work?

    Essentially, your vehicle’s license plate will act as your virtual parking permit. Individuals will register their vehicle plate information into an online virtual parking permit system when purchasing their permit. The permit software then generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle's license plate number.

    Officers use a handheld device to scan and capture the license plate. It is then automatically referenced against the secure parking database to verify that the individual has a valid permit. If the license plate and vehicle information are not associated with a valid virtual permit, the vehicle will be subject to a citation.

    What are the benefits of a virtual permit?

    No need to display a physical permit, no more lost/stolen permits, no more waiting for a physical permit to arrive in the mail, and reduced paper and plastic usage.  Your permit is valid in the appropriate parking lot on any of the three SMCCCD campuses.

    What if I own more than one vehicle?

    You are allowed to register up to three vehicles under the same virtual permit. The virtual parking permit system will recognize the first vehicle on campus as valid, but any additional vehicles found on campus at the same time, under the same virtual permit, will be subject to a citation. Two vehicles listed under the same virtual permit may be on campus at the same time only if the second vehicle purchases a daily virtual parking permit.

    Is a virtual parking permit required to park on campus?  All vehicles parked on campus are required to be registered and maintain a virtual parking permit with the following exceptions:

    • No virtual parking permit required for motorcycle parking
    • No virtual parking permit required if your vehicle is properly displaying a valid CA state disability placard or valid CA state DP license plate.

    What are the virtual parking permit requirements for the San Mateo County Community College District?

    All persons driving motor vehicles (except motorcycles) onto campus and utilizing the parking facilities during regular class hours (Monday-Friday, 7am - 10pm) are required to obtain a virtual parking permit. Virtual parking permits are not required in student lots on weekends or holidays. Virtual parking permits are not required for motorcycles.

    I am not a student and just want to use the campus to play tennis. Can I purchase a semester parking permit?

    Yes, non-students can purchase the same semster-length parking permit as students.

    Where can students/visitors park?

    Students and visitors can park in any student lot within a marked/lined parking space.

    How much does a virtual parking permit cost?

    •  Student and Non-Student Virtual parking permit Fees:
      $29 Summer Semester
      $58 Fall Semester
      $58 Spring Semester
      $3 per day/daily parking
      $106 Two-Term (Fall/Spring Semesters)
    • For Prequalified CCPG Students Virtual parking permit Fees:
      $25 Summer Semester
      $30 Fall Semester
      $30 Spring Semester
      $3 per day/daily parking
      $60 Two-Term (Fall/Spring Semester)

     

    Can I pay by cash?

    Yes, you can receive over-the-counter assistance and pay with cash, debit or credit card at any of our college's cashiers offices.

  6. Traffic and Parking Regulations

    Traffic and Parking Regulations (including unauthorized parking in disabled parking spaces) are enforced at all times under the jurisdiction of the San Mateo County Superior Court. Pedestrians have the right of way at all times. For more details on Traffic Regulations, you may refer to Item 8.48 (Traffic Regulations) of the San Mateo County Community College District Rules and Regulations.

    Parking is permitted only on blacktop surfaces in specifically marked parking spaces. Parking on unpaved areas, in roadways, in areas posted as no parking zones, or in any unauthorized area is prohibited. Driving or parking within the inner campus is prohibited.

    Campus speed limit is 25 mph. Where signs indicate a lesser speed, that speed will be the maximum.

  7. Enforcement

    Parking, traffic regulations, and the California Vehicle Code (CVC) are enforced under the authority of Section 21113A CVC. In accordance with California Vehicle Code Section 40202, citations may not be informally rescinded by College authorities. Consistent or flagrant violations may cause the vehicle to be towed away at the owner's expense.

    Citations for parking violations are sent to the Office of Parking Violations weekly. All citations are reviewed by the Office of Parking Violations and must be processed through the Office of Parking Violations procedures. Directions for requesting a hearing are explained on the citation.

  8. Appealing a Parking Citation

    Parking citations may be appealed here.  

    The following reasons are NOT acceptable appeals:

      • It is my first day/week/semester and I am not familiar with the campus.
      • I do have a permit, but I forgot to hang it. This will no longer apply as your license plate will be your virtual permit.
      • I bought a permit, but I don't have my license plate on. You can check my records.
      • I was only parked there for five minutes.
      • I just parked really quick to use the restroom.
  9. Employee Virtual Parking Permits

    All vehicles parked on campus must have a valid virtual parking permit beginning spring 2022.  To obtain your employee virtual parking permit and register your vehicle in our system, please go to https://smccd.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php.  Your standard work email and password can be used to log in. 

    Once the online process is completed, your virtual parking permit will be active January 1, 2022.

    All information associated with your virtual parking permit must be kept current.

    If you need to add or change any information, please update your information online at  https://smccd.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php

    Only SMCCCD employees may request an employee virtual parking permit.

    Once you request your virtual staff/faculty permit, your physical permit that is on your vehicle windshield will no longer be valid.   ​

    Employees are permitted to park in any staff/student parking lot in a valid marked/lined parking space.

     

     

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