Parking Permits

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. Parking Services has launched a new parking management system that will include the implementation of virtual permits to replace parking hangtags. This system conversion will improve and streamline the parking permitting process by using license plate recognition technology. Starting the Spring 2020 semester, you will no longer need to display a physical permit. You will only need to register the vehicle parked on campus. All parkers must have a valid parking permit at all times when parking in a Cal State LA lot.  Faculty, staff, and students must note the signs displayed at every parking lot in order to avoid citations.  It is the responsibility of all drivers to know and understand the University parking rules and regulations. Parking regulations are enforced 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Please obey all posted signs and/or curb markings.

Semester and 30-day permits can be purchased at or through the MyCalStateLA Portal.

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 more information visit our Parking Occupancy Tax FAQ's Page.

Students can purchase a semester permit, a 30-day student permit, or a daily permit.  

Faculty & Staff can purchase a semester parking permit or daily permit at or through the MyCalStateLA Portal. ​The cost of employee campus parking permits will increase beginning Jan. 1, 2023, due to approved employee rate changes. The increase will be either 3% to %5 based on your bargaining unit. Qualifying Faculty and Staff may register for Cal State LA Parking Services' Pre-Tax Parking Permit Deduction Plan. This plan allows for full-time Cal State LA staff and tenured faculty to deduct parking fees monthly. To qualify, faculty and staff must have continuing appointments that begin in the Summer Session or Fall Semester and end in June to qualify. To enroll in payroll deduction complete the Parking Payroll Deduction Authorization online. Submissions will be reviewed by Parking Services prior to issuing a permit. Submissions can take up to 3 business days to review and approve. The first month of parking must be paid for in advance. Parking fees will be deducted for the month from the prior pay period. To make changes or to opt out of the payroll deduction program, employees must complete the Payroll Deduction Update Form. All changes must be made prior to the 7th day of the month to affect the deducted pay period. Parking Services submits requests to the State Controller's office to deduct fees. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the employee to inform Parking Services of changes to payroll status, bargaining unit, separation, or any other change that will affect the payment of parking fees. If at any time it is discovered that the faculty or staff on Parking Payroll Deduction does not meet the qualifications, separated, or deductions cannot be completed, the parking permit may be deactivated and the employee may be removed from the payroll deduction program. The employees will be held responsible for any outstanding parking fees owed. 

New changes affecting Payroll Deduction Parking -The State Controller's Office (SCO) can no longer process retroactive refunds. SCO can only process refunds for employees whose deduction is effective for a future month.

Cal State LA offers many types of permits to fit your needs.

Student Permits

Student Semester and 30-day permits can be purchased through your MyCalStateLA Portal or at

Student Parking Fees Spring 2023

Permit Type


Parking Occupancy Tax 10%

Total Permit Cost

Student  30-Day Permit

$55.00 $5.50 $60.50

Spring Semester 2023

$220.00 $22.00


Daily Permit (Purchased through MyCalStateLA Parking Portal)

$8.00 $0.80 $8.80

Housing Resident

Housing Residents require a Resident Permit. Resident parking is only valid in Lot 5 and Paseo Rancho Castilla East of Mariondale Ave. to Hellman Bridge only. Verification of housing residency must be obtained prior to purchasing a Resident Permit. Vehicles displaying a Resident Permit may not park in student lots. 

For more information visit our Housing Resident Parking Page. Resident Housing Permits are not subject to the Parking Occupancy Tax.

Housing Resident Semester Permits can be purchased through your MyCalStateLA Portal or

Resident Parking Fees  Spring 2023

Permit Type


Resident 30-Day Permit


Spring Semester 2023


Faculty Staff

Faculty & Staff Permits allow for parking in Faculty & Staff lots and student lots. They are sold to employees of Cal State LA and verification of employment from Human Resources must be obtained prior to sale. Prices for permits vary based on the employee's bargaining unit. 

Faculty Staff Prices for Spring Semester 2023

Bargaining Unit(s)

Semester Rate

Parking Occupancy Tax 10%

Total Permit Cost

Non-Represented State Employees




Unit 3




Units 1, 4, 8, & 11

$76.76 $7.68 $84.43

Units 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, & 13

$79.07 $7.91


Unit 6

$72.12 $7.21 $79.33

Faculty & Staff Permits are available for purchase through your MyCalStateLA Portal or at For parking information call (323) 343-6118. Qualifying Faculty and Staff can sign up for Payroll Deduction by completing the Payroll Deduction Authorization Form.

2-Wheel Vehicles

2-Wheel Permits are available to members of the campus community that drive a 2-Wheel motorized vehicle to campus. 2-Wheel Permits and spaces are not valid for motorized vehicles with 3-wheels.

2-Wheel Permits can be purchased through your MyCalStateLA Portal or at

2-Wheel Parking Fees Spring 2023

Permit Type

Semester Rate

Parking Occupancy Tax 10%

Total Permit Cost

2-Wheel Spring Semester 2023

$51.45 $5.15


High School Permits

High School Permits are for students of LACHSA and MASS High School. These permits do not allow parking inside parking structures. High School Permits can be purchased at

High School Parking Fees Spring 2023

Permit Type

Semester Rate

Parking Occupancy Tax 10%

Total Permit Cost

Semester 2




Non-Affiliated Parking Permits

For those who are non-affiliated with Cal State LA but but have business on campus, we offer a 30-day Non-Affiliated Permit. These permits allow for parking in student areas. Non-Affiliated permits are available for purchase at

General Parking Fees

Permit Type

Semester Rate

Parking Occupancy Tax 10%

Total Permit Cost

30-day Non-Affiliated

$63.53 $6.35


PayByPhone and Guest Daily Permits

Daily guest permits can be purchased at physical pay stations located in pay lots and through the PayByPhone App. These permits are virtual and require vehicle plate information. Prices shown for Guest Daily Permits include the 10% Parking Occupancy Tax.

Daily Guest Permit Rates

Permit Duration

Rate (Includes Parking Occupancy Tax)
1 hour


4 hours


All Day




PayByPhone is the most convenient way to pay for daily parking. Download the app now from the Blackberry, Google Play, and iOS App Store. For more information on PayByPhone, please visit

PayByPhone is available for daily parking in the following parking locations;

PayByPhone is available for daily parking in the following parking locations;

Parking Location

Location Number

Parking Structure C - Top Level


Parking Structure C


Parking Structure A


Parking Structure B - C Level


Parking Structure D


Parking Structure E


Lot 1


Lot 2


Lot 5


Lansdowne Ave (Street Parking)


Paseo Rancho Castilla (Street Parking)


Mariondale Ave (Street Parking)



Permit Proration

Cal State LA Semester Permits are prorated every 30 calendar days and Summer Session Permits prorate every 25 Calendar days. Please visit the 2022-2023 Proration for current proration schedules and prices.

Refund and Exchange Policy

Refunds or exchanges for semester permits require the parking permit to be deactivated upon submission of the Refund Request Form. Semester permit refunds requested before the first day of classes or due to cancelation (proof of cancellation required) will receive a 100% refund or credit for exchange. Semester permit refunds requested on the first day of classes or later will receive a partial refund/credit for exchange based on the proration schedules listed on the 2022-2023 Parking Refund Schedule and 2022-2023 Proration Page respectively. Exchanges can only be done within the term purchased. No credit can be applied toward future terms or semesters. Past semester permits are not valid for refunds. There are no refunds for daily, 30-day permits, or intersession permits.


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