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Parking fees have been suspended for the 2022-2023 academic year. Parking fees will not be charged for: Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

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 to 10 pm), including final examinations, are required to obtain a virtual parking permit for their vehicle.

A parking permit is not required for students riding motorcycles and parking must be in designated Motorcycle Parking in Lots M and S.

Purchasing Parking Permits

Student Permits

Virtual parking permits can be purchased online for an individual term, two semesters combined, or daily. Daily permits are valid in all lots where, and when, students are authorized to park.

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. 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 to campus may purchase a One-Day permit and park in any student or visitor lot. 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. 

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

Athletic Center parking permits will be honored for up to 3 hours in any student lot across all three district campuses (College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College).

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 Disabled parking spaces have been provided in Lots A, B, C, D, G, Q, S, T and U (see the Campus Map). A vehicle must have and display a valid California State Disabled Person Placard (issued by DMV) to park. 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.

Fall 2022 Tips
Parking, resources, & more!
District & CSM Flex Days
August 15-16, 2022
Fall Classes Begin
August 17, 2022
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