Parking Events & Reservations


Cal State LA’s Parking Services is a self-supporting entity that does not receive state general funds to operate, maintain and construct new parking facilities. All guests and visitors not performing state business MUST pay to park on campus.

For visitors not performing state business, departments may purchase and reserve parking permits through the parking reservation process by providing a chargeback account number.

Please take the following parking information into consideration when inviting visitors and planning events at Cal State LA

Typical guests who qualify for no-cost parking permits:

  • Guest speaker in academic courses
  • Major donors of the university-sanctioned by the Office of the President or Institutional Advancement
  • Interview candidates for state positions
  • Campus advisory groups, officially sanctioned by the university
  • Dignitaries or government officials visiting the campus in an official capacity
  • Volunteer employees providing a service to the University who are not receiving any form of class credit or compensation
  • Non-paid persons visiting the campus for the purpose of transacting official state business

Typical visitors required to pay to park:

  • Students
  • Employees
  • Emeritus faculty and staff
  • Vendors
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Attendees of all types of camps
  • Attendees of instructional activities for credit/no credit
  • Visitors of faculty and staff (not performing state business as described above)
  • Drop-in visitors
  • Attendees of non-Cal State L.A. special events


Campus departments may make parking reservations in advance for visitors who are required to pay for parking. A chargeback account number must be provided at the time the reservation is made, plus an 8.5% administrative fee will be added to the final bill. The rate is $8.80 per day per vehicle, which includes the 10% Parking Occupancy Tax.

Vehicle(s) license plate numbers are not requested when placing a Parking Reservation. The campus parking permit system is virtual and uses license plate recognition technology. This system helps reduce waste and eliminate the production of plastic permits, in line with Cal State LA’s commitment to sustainability. Find more information on the parking permits webpage.

Visitors may also pay to park on the day of the event by purchasing a daily parking permit from a permit machine located in designated campus parking lots and parking structures.

*Hourly rates cannot be purchased through Parking Reservations.

Daily Permit Rates

Length of Time/Rate

1 hour (Lot 4A located by Administration and Student Union only) - $3

4 hours - $5

All Day - $10

2-Wheel - $4

​Bus Permit -  $40 (Lot 5 – *Approval and Scheduling required by Welcome Center Event Coordinator)

TO MAKE A PARKING RESERVATION COMPLETE OUR PARKING REQUEST FORM (ATTACH LINK) AND EMAIL TO [email protected]. For questions, contact our Welcome Center at (323) 343-3704.


  • Unaffiliated Campus Events - $11 per space, per event, per day, plus an administrative fee
  • A two-week period is required for processing parking arrangements for an event. The event parking request form (attach link) should be emailed to [email protected] 14 calendar days prior to your event date.
  • Off-peak parking times when the most parking is available at Cal State L.A. are Fridays, weekends, holidays, and summer session
  • To avoid potential parking issues, off-peak times should be considered before scheduling large events
  • Event sponsors are responsible for informing all participants of parking location and costs. If any

University-sponsored activities or events may be approved to have parking fees waived.  To see if you qualify, submit a Parking Event Waiver Request Form fourteen calendar days before your event.  This form can be submitted via email to [email protected] attention Welcome Center Coordinator.


Cal State L.A. Parking Services provides:

  • Custom signage on A-frames to director guests to parking and building locations (fees listed on the Event Parking Request form). Requests are honored on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Welcome Centers staffing (outside our hours of operation) to assist guests with questions and directions. (fees provided by Event Coordinator)

*Charges will be assessed for the above services and signage may be needed.

For assistance with special event parking please contact the Welcome Center at (323) 343-3704.

All above information is subject to change without further notice.

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