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Although Santa Barbara City College has invested millions of dollars providing on-campus parking, the lack of available spaces does remain a problem. However, because some students, staff, and faculty do have children, off-campus jobs, or health issues that require the availability and personal convenience of a car, SBCC does its best to make parking available to those who need it.

In recent campus surveys, many students have cited parking as a barrier to academic success. To ensure that parking does not interfere with academic achievement, students are urged to use alternative forms of transportation. Taking advantage of alternatives such as walking, bicycles, mopeds/motorcycles and the MTD with a student bus pass helps students to spend time studying in the library instead of looking for parking. Failure to use alternate transportation can lead to frustration and an inability to take advantage of the excellent educational opportunities at this college. Santa Barbara City College is here to help its students succeed. Coming to campus by bike, bus, or carpool may help you to do so.

Because some individuals must drive sometimes, ridesharing/carpooling is encouraged. It is important to remember our transportation choices do affect our classmates, coworkers, and the environment. We ask all students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of the many available alternative transportation options as often as possible.

Included here is information on Parking Permits, Parking Lots, Parking Services, Parking Enforcement, and Other Information for Drivers.

Parking Permits

Parking permits are available and required by both SBCC students and employees. In order to avoid a parking citation all cars must have a parking permit affixed to the lower left corner (driver's side) of a vehicle's windshield. Below are the details on where to obtain a parking permit or where to park until a permit has been purchased or received.


Any SBCC student who intends to park a vehicle (four-wheeled) on campus must purchase a parking permit. Parking permits may be purchased on-line through pipeline when registering for classes.  Parking permits are available in the following categories:

  • Day Permit - $33.40 purchased via pipeline online.  (Price includes shipping, handling, postage and applicable credit card processing fees.)  Allows students to park in any student parking lot between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the semester.   
  • Evening-Only Permit - $18.40 purchased via pipeline online.  (Price includes shipping, handling, postage and applicable credit card processing fees.)  Allows students to park in any student parking lot between the hours of 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the semester. 
  • Summer Permit - $18.40 purchased via pipeline online. (Price includes shipping, handling, postage and applicable credit card processing fees.) Allows students to park in any student parking lot between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. during the summer term.
  • BOGW Students and Other Aid Recipients - All Day/Eve…………$23.40 purchased via pipeline online.  (Price includes shipping, handling, postage and applicable credit card processing fees.)  Allows students to park in any student parking lot between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the semester. 
  • Hourly Classified Staff - $13.40 purchased via pipeline online. (Price includes shipping, handling, postage and applicable credit card processing fees.)  Allows hourly staff to park in any student parking lot between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. for the semester. 

For a refund, a permit must be returned prior to the start of a semester.  The fee is not refundable once the semester begins.  SBCC does not issue refunds for lost or stolen parking permits.  This policy also applies to permits that were not received at the verified delivery address.


Permits for SBCC Staff and Faculty are free.

Classified staff and faculty permits can be picked up the week before the beginning of Fall semester in the Campus Security office.


Visitors can park for up to 30 minutes in the marked “metered” spaces in lot 1-A (outside of the Student Services building). A meter permit must be purchased from the meter dispensers in the lot for $1.00.

For those who wish to park for longer than 30 minutes, 3-hour and full-day paid passes are available for $3 and $7 in Lots 2-C (La Playa East), 3 (La Playa West), and 5-2, 5-3, 5-4 (the West Campus parking structure, levels 2, 3, and 4).

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Parking Lots

There are many different parking lots available throughout the campus each designated to either students, employees, carpoolers or visitors. Signs are posted around campus to help direct drivers to the appropriate lots.  A Campus Map is available to help make sense of all the parking lot information below.


Parking is often available in the Pershing Park lot located just east of East Campus. Parking in Pershing is free and is available to students, staff, and faculty with no permit necessary.


Parking is available for Students and Staff in the Leadbetter Parking Lots with a valid SBCC sticker.   Leadbetter East and Leadbetter West parking lots allow SBCC students and staff to park in the lots with a valid parking sticker when school is in session for Fall and Spring semesters.  This does not apply to the 90 minute parking stalls.  SBCC Summer Parking Permits are not valid in the Leadbetter Parking Lots.


Student parking is available all day in Lots 2-A, 2-C, 3, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, Pershing Park, Leadbetter East, Leadbetter West (SBCC Summer Parking Permits are not valid in the Leadbetter Parking Lots).

Additional student parking is available after 12 p.m. in Lots 4-A, 4-B, and 4-C.

After 5:30 p.m. students are also able to park in Lot 1-B and 5-1.


Staff/faculty parking is available all day in lots 1-B, 2-B, 4-D, 4-E, and 5-1.


30-minute paid parking is available in the marked “metered” spaces in Lot 1-A. A meter permit must be purchased at the yellow dispensers in the lot and the permit must be displayed on the dash.

3-hour and full-day paid parking is available in Lots 2-C, 3, 5-2, 5-3, and 5-4 and permits may be purchased through the parking permit dispensers located in these lots.


Carpool parking is available in Lot 1-A from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Lots 4-A, 4-B, and 4-C from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.  A free carpool permit must be obtained daily when carpooling in order to park in a carpool lot.

Important Note: Carpool drivers who park in a carpool lot during carpool hours will not be ticketed for leaving their car in the lot throughout the remainder of the day.

Staff/faculty may also park in all available carpool lots when carpooling with other employees and/or students. A daily carpool permit must be obtained from the kiosk when carpooling.


Permits are not required for mopeds and motorcycles. However, they may be parked only in the areas designated for such vehicles on campus.


Santa Barbara City College has both designated handicapped and designated medical parking spaces in many lots on campus. See the Campus Map for details.

Drivers may park in any handicapped space with valid handicapped placards. Applications to receive a valid handicapped placard are available in the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) Office (SS-160).

Medical parking is available to students, staff, and faculty with temporary needs. One-day medical passes are available at any campus kiosk. For extended medical parking students, staff, and faculty may obtain passes through the DSPS Office.

All vehicles parked in "Handicapped" zones must display a handicapped placard or handicapped license plate. "Handicapped" zone violators will receive a $350 citation.

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Parking Services

In addition to offering parking spaces and access to driving alternatives, SBCC offers several services to help drivers and passengers get to and from their classrooms, offices, and cars safely and securely.


There is a night shuttle that patrols the entire campus and offers rides to students, staff, and faculty between 5:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. In addition to carrying drivers and passengers to their cars, the shuttles increase the security presence on campus and allow officers to be in more places, more quickly, and more often to help create a safer environment for students and employees.


Security escorts are available to students, staff, and faculty day or night. Call extension 2269 or 2400 from any campus phone or (805) 730-4200 from a cell phone to ask for an escort.


A medical tram is available to help students with limited mobility that need help in getting to and from classrooms, offices, or parking lots. Those who plan on using the medical tram must complete the necessary paperwork through Disabled Students Programs & Services (SS-160).

Call Disabled Students Programs & Services at x2364 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For medical tram rides after 4:00 p.m. call Campus Security (x2269) to request a medical tram ride.


In the event of an emergency, call extension 2400 from one of the campus emergency phones. These phones, housed in easily identifiable call stations, are located throughout the campus.  See the Campus Map for locations.

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Parking Enforcement


All persons driving vehicles on the Santa Barbara City College campus are required to comply with the traffic laws for the State of California and the rules and regulations pursuant to the California Vehicle Code. The amount of bail for violations are subject to the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Municipal Court.

Citations are issued for the following violations (with bail ranging from $20.00 to $350.00):

  1. Red zone parking
  2. No motorcycle/moped parking
  3. No parking
  4. Not in marked stall
  5. No authorized permit
  6. Loading zone parking
  7. Overtime parking
  8. No vehicle registration
  9. Handicapped/Disabled stall
  10. Handicapped/Disabled zone
  11. Fire lane


If your vehicle receives a Parking Citation it may be paid in person at the Cashiers Office. You may also pay on line at or by phone at (866)450-2527 or you can send a check or money order made payable to: SBCC – CASHIER and mail it to: Santa Barbara City College Attn: Cashiers Office, 721 Cliff Dr. Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Citations must be paid or appealed within 21 days of the issue date to avoid a late charge of double the amount of the ticket.


Unpaid parking citations may result in an administrative hold being placed on a student’s record. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will also be notified of all unpaid citations.

Vehicles with five (5) or more unpaid citations can result in “booting” or towing.


In accordance with Section of 40215 of the California Vehicle Code, a citation may be contested within 21 days from the date issued or 14 calendar days from the mailing of a notice. To appeal a citation go to to submit a contest form.  Results of an appeal will be mailed to the person contesting the citation. To follow up on an appeal, please contact Campus Security at (805) 730-4064 or visit

An individual who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the initial review may request an Administrative Hearing within 21 days of the mailing of the initial results. The Administrative Hearing may be done either in person or by submitting additional written documentation. Prior to the Administrative Hearing, an individual must pay the parking penalty fee as a deposit. Recipients of AFDC, SSI/SSP, unemployment or general assistance as well as displaced homemakers may request an exemption from paying the deposit prior to the Administrative Hearing. VERIFICATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EXEMPTIONS.

If an individual is still dissatisfied a Court Hearing may be scheduled with the Santa Barbara Municipal Court within 30 days of the mailing of the Administrative Hearing results. To file an appeal in court a filing fee of $25.00 is required.

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THEFT – Although it is rare, there is a risk of the theft of items left in the car. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to carry any valuables in the car with them when they leave the parking lot. If this is not possible it is strongly encouraged that items of value such as laptops, CDs, and jewelry, or even bags which might contain valuable items, be placed in a glove box, under a seat, or otherwise out of sight of potential thieves. Crimes of opportunity do occur. To decrease the possibility of becoming a victim the best protection is to remove valuables from sight.

CAR ALARMS – While SBCC supports your right to protect your car by using a car alarm, you should be aware that many complaints are logged due to classes being disrupted by car alarms going off needlessly. Operators of vehicles with alarm systems may want to lower the sensitivity of their alarms to reduce noise levels.

CAR SAFETY TIPS – Check out Campus Security's Campus Safety Tips including information on Personal Safety, Car Safety, and What to Do in an Emergency

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