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Vehicle Permit and Citation Information

The Campus and Parking Services (CAPS) office is responsible for parking enforcement at the Grossmont and Cuyamaca college campuses. Parking rules and regulations are enforced year round including holidays, spring break, weekends and summer session. Owners are solely responsible for loss, damage or theft to their vehicle while parked on the Grossmont or Cuyamaca Campuses. Vehicles parking on campus must be parked between two demarcated lines and there is no overnight parking permitted on campus after 11:00pm.

Parking Permits

Students may obtain parking permits online by logging into WebAdvisor. The purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space will be available.

All student parking permits must be visibly displayed so that the date, year and color of the permit can easily be seen. The permit must be displayed through the front windshield either attached to the window or hanging from the rearview mirror. Permits shall not be displayed through window tinting. Lost or stolen parking permits must be replaced at the vehicle owner's expense.

Only cars with staff permits are allowed in spaces designated for staff and only vehicles with handicap placards or plates are permitted to use handicap parking.

 Student Vehicle Permit Cost

Parking permits cost $40, and may be transferred to another vehicle owned by the same person. The permit must be displayed on the front window, either side, inside lower corner OR hanging from the rear-view mirror facing forward.

 Parking Areas

Permit parking is enforced on all District property:

  • Monday - Thursday from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sundays - no citations are issued for failure to display a parking permit. All other parking and traffic violations will be enforced 24 hours a day, year round.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycles are required to have a permit when parking in a regular parking space. Motorcycles must be parking in designated motorcycle parking areas or they will be cited for no parking permit.

One-day Parking Permit

A one-day parking permit costs $2 and is valid for the date and time issued. Parking permit dispensers are located at each student parking lot and at the Grossmont College parking structure.

Permit Machine

Disabled Parking Permits

All vehicles utilizing disabled parking must have a Department of Motor Vehicle-issued placard or DP or DV plates. Applications for placards/plates are available at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Parking Citations

Parking citations will be issued for violating parking regulations: 

  • Failure to display a valid student permit
  • Failure to display a valid staff permit
  • Improperly displayed permit
  • Altered/Counterfeit permit
  • Undesignated Area (Hash mark / No parking zone)
  • Red Zone / Hydrant / Fire lane
  • Time zone violation (15, 20, 30 minutes and 1 hour)
  • Handicapped space

Parking citations vary between $20 to $330 per violation and can be paid or appealed online by visiting  If the citation is not paid within 21 days, the fine will increase by $75. After 45 days, the citation will be reported to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, which will not renew your registration until the fine is paid.

All disputed fines are individually reviewed by a non-biased representative in the Campus and Parking Services office. You will be notified on the outcome of your appeal for a parking citation.

How to Appeal a Parking Citation/Ticket

Parking citations are not criminal offenses. They are civil penalties which are the joint and several liabilities of both the owner and operator of the vehicle. Once a citation is issued, it is up to the driver or owner to respond to the facts presented on the citation. There are three (3) levels of appeal/review. Each step in the appeal/review process must be taken in order and initiated within strict timeframes. No step can be skipped in favor of jumping to another step.

Step 1 - Administrative Review

The first step is an Administrative Review to determine if the citation was validly issued. This allows the agency to dismiss the citation if there are facts, events or circumstances which were unknown to the issuing officer that may affect the validity of the citation. The issuing agency may also feel that extenuating circumstances make dismissal of the citation appropriate in the interest of justice. Pursuant to State law, requests for Administrative Review must be received (postmarked) within 21 days from the date the citation was issued, or within 14 days of the mailing of the Notice of Illegal Parking.

Common reasons that DO NOT support dismissing a citation are:

  • I was only in violation for a minute.
  • I did not know that I could not park there.
  • I think the fine is too high.
  • I did not see the sign or curb markings.
  • I cannot afford to pay the fine.
  • I have never had a ticket before.
  • I will never do it again.

The owner and driver of the vehicle are both responsible for the parking citation and bear the burden of proof when contesting the citation. Notice of the decision will be mailed to you regardless of the outcome and further instructions given if necessary.

Persons appealing their citations may present anything they wish to support their position that the citation should be dismissed. This may include statements, charts, diagrams, photographs, drawings, maps or receipts just to name a few. It is also important that the citation number, vehicle license plate number and state be included with the request. A clear copy of the citation attached to the appeal is beneficial and may expedite processing. We suggest you retain copies for your records.

Step 2 - Administrative Hearing

If your appeal is denied at the first stage, you can present your appeal to an Administrative hearing officer. This is the second step of the appeal process. State Law requires that the fees due on the citation be deposited at the time the hearing request is made. The City will present a copy of the citation and any additional statements, photos, etc. provided by the officer in support of the citation. We encourage your attendance at the hearing in case the hearing officer has any questions. However, if you are unable to attend, the hearing officer will review all the information presented and make a decision.

When Parking Administration is notified of the hearing officer's decision, we will mail a decision notice. Should the citation be dismissed, Parking Administration will refund your fee deposit. If the decision of the hearing officer is not to your satisfaction, the decision can be appealed to Superior Court.

Step 3 - Superior Court Appeal

The Administrative hearing officer's decision can be appealed to the Superior Court. When doing so, a $25 Civil Court Filing Fee must be paid. The Court takes a fresh look at the facts surrounding the issuance of the citation, and the materials presented in support of having the citation dismissed. Once a decision has been given by the Court, there is no further appeal. The Court's decision is final. If the citation is upheld, the Court keeps the $25 Civil Court Filing Fee and Parking Administration keeps the citation fees previously deposited to satisfy the citation. However, if the citation is dismissed, Parking Administration refunds the $25 Civil Court Filing Fee and the fees deposited on the citation.

Below is a Citation and Delinquent Fee Schedule:




Public Safety Contact Numbers

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  • Life-threatening situation
  • Medical emergency
  • Crime in progress
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  • Major disturbance
  • Crime report
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Call 858-565-5200

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  • Any non-life threatening issue

Call Extension 7654 or (619) 644-7654 for Campus and Parking Services

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