Parking Occupancy Tax FAQ

Important Note on Imposition of Parking Occupancy Tax- Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Cal State LA will be required by the city of Los Angeles to collect a 10% parking occupancy tax on all campus parking fees. This tax applies to all daily, hourly, monthly, and semester permits. For example, the total cost of student semester permits will increase by $22 due to the addition of the tax. On-campus resident parking is exempt from this tax. You can view all adjusted spring 2023 permit rates below. The new tax is the result of a 2019 California Supreme Court ruling that concluded that charter cities could require state colleges and universities to impose the tax. Cal State LA does not keep any revenue generated from the tax; it is collected by the University and remitted to the city. For parking permit rate information visit our Parking Permits webpage.

FAQ

When does the city of Los Angeles parking occupancy tax go into effect at Cal State LA?

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Cal State LA will be required by the city of Los Angeles to collect a 10% parking occupancy tax on all campus parking fees. This tax applies to all daily, hourly, monthly, and semester permits.

How much will my permit cost after the parking occupancy tax is imposed?

The total cost of student semester permits will increase by $22; in other words, spring semester permits will cost $242. You can view all adjusted spring 2023 permit rates on the Cal State LA Parking website. Student pricing for daily parking will only be available through the Parking and Transportation permit and fees webpage beginning January 1, 2023..

What is a parking occupancy tax?

The city of Los Angeles parking occupancy tax, which was instituted in 1990, is a 10% tax for occupying a space at any parking facility in the city. In most cases, the parking occupancy fee is included in the parking rate. Residential premises are exempt. Previously, all Cal State LA and other college and university parking facilities were exempt from the tax..

Why do we need to pay a tax on campus parking permits?

The new tax is the result of a 2019 California Supreme Court ruling that concluded that charter cities could require state colleges and universities to impose the tax. Previously, Cal State LA and other college and university parking facilities were exempt from the tax.

Does Cal State LA keep the revenue generated from the tax?

No. Cal State LA does not keep any revenue generated from the tax; it is collected by the University and remitted to the city.

Did the university do anything to try to prevent this parking occupancy tax?

Yes. Cal State LA officials expressed opposition to this tax to city officials. The University was able to get the city to postpone the original start of the tax from July 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023.

I live on campus. Will I need to pay a parking occupancy tax?

No, the parking fees for occupying a parking space that is part of a residential premises is exempt from the city parking occupancy tax.

Who can I contact at the city of Los Angeles to express my concerns regarding this parking occupancy tax?

The city of Los Angeles Office of Finance collects taxes for the city. You can find contact information for the office on its website.

Do public places charge a parking tax?

For the privilege of occupying space in any parking facility in the City of Los Angeles, each occupant is subject to a 10% tax of the parking fee. In most cases, the parking occupancy fee is included in the parking rate.

What are my alternatives if I don’t want to pay a parking tax?

Consider using alternative transportation to get to campus. You can learn more by visiting the Transportation Services webpage for more information.

 

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