Parking at College of San Mateo - Parking & Traffic Regulations
One-day Permits
$3 per day. Valid only during class hours from 7 am to 10 pm.
Permit machines indicated by D on the map: Hillsdale Lot 1, Beethoven Lot 2, Galileo Lot 6, and Stadium Lot 11.

Visitor Parking
Visitors to campus may park in Pay-By-Space visitor parking areas in  Hillsdale Lot 1B, Beethoven Lots 2A and 2E, Galileo Lot 6B, and Stadium Lot 11. Visitors must purchase a visitor permit ($0.50 for each 15 minutes) at the Pay-By-Space permit machines located in the lots (indicated by V on the map).

Student Parking
Hillsdale Lot 1A-D, Beethoven Lot 2, Galileo Lots 6, Bulldog Lots 9, 9B, 9C, 9D or Stadium Lot 11

Staff Parking
Beethoven Lot 2B, DaVinci Lot 3, Socrates Lot 4, Marie Curie Lot 5A, 5B, Edison Lot 7, Bulldog Lot 9A, Sandbox Lot 10

Restricted Parking
Hillsdale Lot 1E & 1F

Disabled Parking
Valid CA Disabled Person placard or by special permit only. Contact Disability Resource Center, Building 10, First Floor, (650) 574-6438. No student, staff, daily, patron or visitor parking permit required when displaying a valid CA DP placard.

Motorcycle Parking
Locations indicated by M on map: Marie Curie Lot 5, Galileo Lot 6D

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (120 volt)
Locations indicated by EV on map: DaVinci Lot 3, Marie Curie Lot 5
Parking & Traffic Regulations

Parking Permit Requirements
All persons driving motor vehicles (except motorcycles) onto campus and utilizing the parking facilities during regular class hours (Monday-Friday, 7 am -10 pm), including final examinations, are required to obtain and display a parking permit on their vehicle.

A parking permit is not required for students riding motorcycles and parking must be in designated Motorcycle Parking in Marie Curie Lot 5. 
Lost or Stolen Parking Permits
If a permit is lost or stolen replacements are available at full price.

Purchasing Parking Permits
Students may purchase parking permits only online using WebSMART. Permits may be ordered and paid for online and mailed to the student’s residence. Students may also order a permit online from computers located on the third floor of Building 10 (Admissions and Records Office and Business Office) and then pay for the permit and pick it up in the Cashier’s Office. See Semester Parking Permit for more information.

Students also have the option of purchasing daily parking permits from the permit machines located in Hillsdale Lot 1, Beethoven Lot 2, Galileo Lot 6 and Stadium Lot 11. Permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle. Students may obtain permits in person at the Cashiers Office.

Daily parking permits ($3) are available from machines designated on the campus map. Parking permits for disabled students who have paid the parking fee are issued only by the Disability Resource Center in Building 10, Room 120, (650) 574-6438.

Displaying Student Parking Permits
Permits must be displayed in the vehicle with the number visible from the exterior of the vehicle. They may be either affixed on the inside lower left of the windshield (above the steering wheel) or affixed to a plastic hanger suspended from the inside rear view mirror. Plastic permit hangers may be obtained from the Bookstore for $1 plus tax. Permits may be used on multiple vehicles.

Vehicles with improperly displayed permits will be subject to citation. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to properly display the permit in the vehicle and to notify CSM’s Department of Public Safety promptly if the permit is lost or stolen.

Daily parking permits are available for purchase for $3 each from permit dispensers in Hillsdale Lot 1B, Beethoven Lots 2A and 2E, Galileo Lot 6B, and Stadium Lot 11. Daily permits are valid in all lots where, and when, students are authorized to park. These permits must be displayed face-up on the dashboard.

Semester parking permits and daily parking permits are valid on all three campuses of the District (College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College).

A grace period allowing for the purchase of permits will be in effect during the first two weeks of the spring and fall semesters and the first week of the summer session in student lots only. Citations will be issued beginning on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 for students parking without a valid permit. All staff parking lots are strictly enforced. The grace period pertains only to student permits with all other parking regulations enforced at all times in all parking lots and roadways.

Visitor Parking
Visitors may park in PayBySpace Visitor Lots Beethoven 2A, 2D and Forum Lot 8 ($0.50 for each 15 minutes). After entering the space number in which the vehicle is parked into the machine and depositing sufficient money to purchase required time the permit machine located at each of the visitor lots will issue a receipt that need not be displayed in the vehicle.

Visitors may also park in a student lot after purchasing and displaying in the vehicle (face up on dashboard) a $3 daily permit. Parking permit machines are located in Hillsdale Lot 1B, Beethoven Lots 2A and 2E, Galileo Lot 6B and Stadium Lot 11. For the location of the parking lots please see a campus map.

No visitor parking permit required when displaying a valid CA DP placard.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Parking in the EV charging stations is limited solely to electric vehicles that are actively charging with a maximum time limit of 4 hours per vehicle and do not require a parking permit. After the four hour maximum limit there will be a $5 fee per hour with a maximum fee of $20 per sessionAny vehicle parked in an EV space that is not an electric vehicle or not charging will be subject to a citation. 

San Mateo Athletic Club Parking
Special parking permits issued by the San Mateo Athletic Club are required at all times for parking in Beethoven Lot 2. All other permits are not valid. For more information, call (650) 378-7373 or visit the San Mateo Athletic Club website.

Traffic and Parking Regulations

The campus speed limit is 15 mph.

Parking is permitted only on blacktop surfaces in specifically marked parking spaces. Parking on unpaved areas, in roadways, in crosshatched areas, in marked end zones, in areas posted as no parking zones, or in any unauthorized area is prohibited. Vehicles parked backed into diagonal parking spaces can create a hazard when exiting and will be subject to citation.

Driving or parking within the inner campus is prohibited.

The campus is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.

Stopped or standing vehicles on sidewalks, roadways or restricted areas will be subject to citation.

The College and San Mateo County Community College District accept no liability for vandalism, theft or accidents. Use of parking facilities is at the user’s risk. Parking and traffic regulations are enforced by the Campus Safety Department staff, and violators are cited to the civil administrative procedures on campus as set forth in the California Vehicle Code. Students who violate traffic regulations are subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the student conduct code. The College reserves the right to change parking regulations for special events.

Skateboards and Bicycles
The riding of skateboards on campus is prohibited by SMCCCD Regulations. Bicycles may be operated on campus.
The California Vehicle Code prohibits the operation of bicycles on sidewalks.

Disabled Parking
Blue Handicapped parking spaces have been provided in Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12 (see Campus Map).  A vehicle must have and display a valid California State Disabled Person Placard (issued by DMV) to park.  Temporary parking permits are also available with doctor’s verification.  For further information contact the Disable Student Center, Building 10, Room 120, (650) 574-6438 voice; (650) 358-6803 (TTY) Disability Parking spaces are regulated under California Vehicle Code Section 22511.5 Disabled Parking Authorized Parking Zones. No student, staff, daily, patron or visitor parking permit required when displaying a valid CA DP placard. Public Transit
SamTrans operates three bus routes to the college: Route 250 (San Mateo downtown and Caltrain), Route 260 (San Carlos Caltrain, Redwood Shores & Belmont) and Route 294 (Half Moon Bay). All buses have wheelchair lifts and accommodate two to four bikes. Route 250 provides weekday service until 10:15 pm. Routing information is available at 1-800-660-4287 and Printed schedules are also available at the Student Life and Leadership Office in Building 17, Room 112.

Elevator access is available in the following buildings: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 14, 18 and 36.

Parking, traffic regulations, and the California Vehicle Code are enforced under the authority of Section 21113A CVC*. Consistent or flagrant violations may cause the vehicle to be towed away at the owner's expense.

The District provides parking on its facilities but accepts no liability for vandalism, theft, or accident.

Except for specific spaces reserved for visitors, staff and the disabled, parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. The permit is not a guarantee of a parking space. Citations for parking violations are sent to the Office of Parking Violations weekly. All citations are reviewed by the Office of Parking Violations and must be processed through the Office of Parking Violations procedures. Directions for requesting a hearing are explained on the citation.

* In accordance with California Vehicle Code Section 40202, citations may not be informally rescinded by College of San Mateo authorities.

Appealing a Parking Citation
See instructions on the Appealing a Parking Citation page.

College Public Safety Services
San Mateo County Community College District maintains a Public Safety Service to provide for the security of persons and facilities at each college in the District. The Public Safety Service at each college is assigned responsibility for enforcing parking regulations and providing various security duties. Public Safety Service at College of San Mateo is provided by classified security officers and is located on the first floor of Building 1. Enforcement of moving traffic regulations is the responsibility of the San Mateo Police Department.