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* Parking permit requirements are subject to changes posted at the beginning of a new semester.

Cabrillo College Parking Regulations:


Cabrillo College does not offer "free" parking. Parking permits are required.

All students and staff are required to have and display a valid Cabrillo College Parking permit to park a motor vehicle in the student/staff parking lots. One day parking permits are available from the parking permit machines located in the parking lots.

It is recommended that during the first four weeks of the semester that you plan to arrive at the campus at least one hour prior to the start of your class.  A parking permit allows you to park on campus it does not guarantee that the parking place will be close to your classroom. There are always parking spots on lower campus.

All Parking lots are designated by a letter. Underneath that letter will indicate which kind of parking lot it is, for example LOT A (student) LOT C (Staff). It is your responsibity to seek out these signs to determine that you're parked in the correct area.

Fall & Spring Semesters Parking:

The first week of each the Fall and Spring semesters are considered a "grace period" in the student lots ONLY. We do however start ticketing the first day of the Fall and Spring semesters in all visitor, staff and specially posted areas. Full enforcement of all the lots will start the second week of each semester. You can pick up your parking permit two weeks prior to the start of each semester.

Summer Semester Parking:

Only the first day of the summer session is considered a "grace period". Starting the second day of the Summer session parking regulations will be fully enforced. You can pick up your parking permit one week prior to the start of the summer semester.


Staff Permits

College Staff are provided a Staff Permit, which allows parking in both staff and student parking lots, they are interchangeable between both campuses.  Staff permits are available from the College Bank. Staff Permits are not valid in visitor spaces.

ALL PERMITS MUST BE CLEARLY DISPLAYED in the bottom corner of the drivers side of the front windsheild or Hangtag from rearview mirror.


Student Permits

Students wishing to park in student parking lots, must have a valid parking permit. A student may purchase a SEMESTER PERMIT, good for the entire school semester at the Admissions Office, and SAC EAST for $40.00.

ALL PERMITS MUST BE CLEARLY DISPLAYED in the bottom corner of the drivers side of the front windsheild or Hangtag from rearview mirror.


Daily Permits

Daily Permits can be purchased for $4.00 in any of the student parking lots from the parking permit dispenser. (Credit/Debit ONLY)

Possession of a parking permit does NOT guarantee you a parking space. If the lot is full, you must try another student parking lot. Before purchasing a DAILY PERMIT, always find a legal parking space first.


Motorcycle parking

Motorcycles parking in designated motorcycle spaces need not possess or purchase a parking permit

Motorcycles parking in spaces otherwise designated for cars/trucks, must purchase a parking permit. Due to the inability to properly secure a parking permit to a motorcycle, proof of purchase prior to the issuance of a citation may be requested.


Visitor Parking:

Visitor parking is reserved for visitors to the campus, student and staff permits are not allowed to park in these spaces. In the designated 20 minute parking spaces, cars parked longer then the allowed time will be subject to a citation.

Disabled Persons Vehicles

Disabled Persons Vehicles displaying proper Disabled Person Placards or license plates may park in any STUDENT/STAFF/ or METERED SPACES without the need of a PARKING PERMIT, however, no parking is allowed in specially marked spaces (i.e. loading zones OR dental hygiene patient parking). All Cabrillo campuses have several Disabled Person Parking Areas, which are marked with the traditional blue sign and symbol. Disabled persons are encouraged to use those areas. Persons not displaying the proper permit will be cited. The current fine is $275.00. Specially issued disabled permits from the Disabled Students Office DO NOT qualify for disabled person parking spaces.

PARKING is available for official visitors to both Cabrillo campuses upon request from the Sheriff's Office.

Section 23113A of the California Vehicle Code grants the authority for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office to enforce ALL Vehicle Code violations on the parking lots and roadways within Cabrillo College District property. In addition, the District may adopt it's own regulations, to provide adequate parking, and the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles.



Parking Lot Designations:

LOT A/B: Student/Visitor/Disabled

LOT C: Staff

LOT D:Staff/Specially Posted

LOT E:Staff

LOT F:Staff/Student after 5:00pm

LOT G:Student

LOT H:Staff/Disabled

HORT: Student/Staff/Visitor/Disabled

LOT I:Staff/Student after 5:00pm

LOT K:Student/Staff/Disabled

LOT L: Student/Staff/Disabled

LOT M: Student/Staff/Disabled

LOT N:Staff/Visitor/Disabbled

LOT P:Student/Staff/Specially Posted/Disabled

LOT R: Student/Disabled

LOT S:Stduent/Specially Posted/Disabled

Childcare: Staff/Specially Posted/Disabled

Lower Perimeter Rd:Student/Staff

Upper Perimeter Rd:Student



Parking Regulations

  • The California Vehicle Code is enforced on campus.
  • Students must have parking permits to park on campus.
  • Students may park in designated student spaces only.

Parking Fines

  • Failure to properly display permit: $30
  • Vehicles without a parking permit: $40
  • Unauthorized vehicles parked in staff lots: $40
  • Unauthorized vehicles parked in loading zones: $30
  • Unauthorized vehicles parked in handicapped spaces: $275
  • Unauthorized vehicles parked in specially posted areas or not designated for parking: $40


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Legal Limitations

In 1987, the California Legislature enacted a law (40202c CVC) which made it a misdemeanor for any peace officer, including the issuing officer, to alter, conceal, modify, nullify, or destroy any notice of parking violation once it was issued. The law did provide a means for the issuing officer to recommend dismissal of parking citations under specified circumstances.

Department Policy

To comply with the provisions of 40202c CVC, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office began a policy where requests for citation dismissal would be denied except as provided below:

  1. The issuing officer is satisfied that the violation did not occur.
  2. In the interest of Justice. Extenuating circumstances.
  3. Mistake of Fact - Officer Error

How to fight a ticket









1. You must file an Appeal with the Sheriff's Office, Cabrillo College Division, within 21 business days after the citation was issued.


Cabrillo College Sheriff's Office
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003


2. A review will be conducted and you will be notified by mail of the results of the review.

3. If you are dissatisfied with the results of the review, you have 15 days from the date of the letter regarding your administrative review to request a administrative review hearing. To do so you must go to the Cabrillo College Sheriff's Office on campus.

4. In order to schedule a hearing, you must post the full fine amount. There is $15.00 administrative processing fee that is non-refundable.

5. You will be notified by mail the decision the administrator reviewer has made.

In 1993, new legislation decriminalized parking violations, which are now considered civil penalties.
The system for adjudicating parking violations is now totally civil. The following points of law are important if you choose to contest a parking violation:


1. The actual parking citations or copy thereof is considered prima facie evidence of the facts contained on the citation. Therefore, the issuing official is not required to appear in the case of a hearing.

2. Under criminal law, the burden of proof was beyond a reasonable doubt. That burden no longer exists. The civil burden, a preponderance of evidence, now applies.

Should you choose to contest a parking citation, the following process applies:


General Reasons that Violations Won't be Dismissed

Below are some commonly listed reasons given for violating parking regulations. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the laws of the State and the College. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator being successful in a hearing.

1. Short Errands No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver short of a bona fide medical emergency, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking. A short errand is a very common excuse. It is not a valid reason for illegal parking.

2. Late For Business Or Personal Appointment Being late does not permit the driver the privilege of parking illegally.

3. No Place Else To Park - The Lot Was Full Other than being an invalid excuse, this, in fact, confirms the driver's liability. It is every driver's responsibility to locate legal parking.

4. I Didn't See The Sign—I Didn't Understand The Sign Drivers are required to look for signs when parking. This may mean checking an entire lot from corner to corner. Drivers are also required to abide by the directions on the sign. A person indicating that they did not see a sign preventing parking is not an acceptable excuse.

5. Only Part Of My Car Was Illegally Parked A violation is not based on a certain percentage of the vehicle being illegally parked. If part of the vehicle extends into a restricted area, the violation is the same as if the entire vehicle encroached.

6. I Left Someone In The Car; I Left My Parking Lights On Or Blinking; I Left A Note In The Car As To My Whereabouts With The Motor Running Many drivers seem to think that evidence of a short stay mitigates the offense. It does not. The purpose of parking regulations is to restrict from certain places or permitted at times, motor vehicles which are not in motion. The presence of a passenger, a sign or blinking lights does not satisfy this purpose and, therefore, does not constitute a valid reason to dismiss a violation.

7. It Was Only A Few Minutes This explanation is one of the most common claims. Even if true, parking in a prohibited area is illegal.

8. Nobody Else Got A Ticket Sometimes this excuse is raised as discriminatory enforcement. The officer may have had to leave the area before checking all the vehicles, however, a citation stands on its own.

9. Someone Else Had My Car Under the new law, the registered owner (R.O.) has joint responsibility with whoever was driving their car. Unless it can be shown by the R.O. that the car was driven without permission, the R.O., renter or lessee is responsible for a parking citation.

10. An Official Saw Me Park And Didn't Say Anything—Or Said It Was OK For A Few Minutes Generally speaking, employees have no authority to give permission to break the law. Whenever possible, an officer will caution about illegal parking, but silence by an official does not waive parking restrictions.

11. This Violation Has Not Been Enforced In The Past This normally is not the case, however, inadequate staffing or other priorities may give rise to violations not being enforced continually; but, nowhere does apparent failure to enforce parking laws constitute a valid excuse for illegal parking.

12. I've Done It For Years—Everybody Does It This is never a valid excuse for illegally parking. Nobody should be rewarded for getting away with prior violations.  



If you have questions regarding your citation, read the back of the citation carefully. If you still have a question, you may call the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, Cabrillo College Division at 831-479-6313.

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