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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.

Notice: All motorcycles and any vehicle displaying a disabled placard are required to purchase parking permits.
Motorcycle parking permits are available at the Cashiers offices and student permits are available on WebAdvisor. 
For a complete parking regulations packet please click here.

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, attached to the window. Permits shall not be displayed through window tinting. Lost or stolen parking permits must be replaced at the vehicle owner's expense. The parking permit is static cling and may be transferred to multiple vehicles.

As part of the reciprocal agreement with PLNU, we now accept PLNU valid student parking permits. Permit must be visibly displayed so that the date of the permit may be seen.

Staff permits are available at CAPS offices. 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.Staff may register for a parking permit here. Remember to disable your pop-up blocker and bring an ID to CAPS for pick up.

We have many options for commuting staff, please check out our flier here!

GCCCD accepts staff parking permits from the following institutions: PLNU, Mesa College, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, Palomar, Miramar, Mira Costa, Imperial Valley, Mt. San Jacinto and San Diego Continuing Education.

 Student Vehicle Permit Cost

Student parking permits cost $40, and may be transferred to another vehicle only if owned by the same person. The permit must be clearly displayed on the front window, either side, inside lower corner. All permit information must be visible including the expiration date.

Permit Display

 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. This includes staff parking, fire lanes, disabled parking spaces and other vehicle infractions.

Motorcycle Parking

Motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds must park in designated motorcycle areas with a valid motorcycle parking permit clearly displayed. Motorcycles parked in auto spaces or undesignated areas at the end of parking aisles will be cited. Motorcycle areas are designated by signage and ground stencils. Students may purchase a semester motorcycle parking permit at the Cashiers offices. Employees can obtain a permit from the Campus and Parking Services office. One-day permits area available for purchase at any of the campus parking permit dispensers.  

Click here for a map of Cuyamaca Motorcycle Parking Areas

Click here for a map of Grossmont Motorcycle Parking Areas


Bicycle Parking

Bicycles are not permitted inside buildings or on railings which obstruct pedestrian pathways and disabled access ramps. Please use bike rack parking at all times. 

Cuyamaca Bicycle Rack Parking Map

Grossmont Bicycle Rack Parking Map

One-day Parking Permit for Guests

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

Cuyamaca Permit Machine Locations

Grossmont Permit Machine Locations

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. Beginning January 1, 2017 all disabled occupied vehicles must also display a campus parking permit. Permits may be purchased through WebAdvisor. Any student or staff member displaying a disabled placard and accompanying valid GCCCD permit may park in student or staff spaces as well as timed space. Parking with a disabled placard is never permitted along red curbs, fire zones or sidewalks.

Vendor Parking Permits

All vendors are required to have a parking permit. Vendor permits are available through the CAPS office with 48 hours notice. Permission to drive and park on interior campus pathways are granted on a case by case basis and CAPS must be notified in advance. Citations will be written on vehicles found parked on pedestrian or emergency pathways.

Parking Citations

Typical parking citations issued for violating parking regulations include but are not limited to: 

  • 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 $45 to $500 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.

Upon request, any registered owner or driver of a vehicle that receives a GCCCD parking violation and has been denied at the first level appeal, will be provided with an application for ‘Indigent Status.’ A completed application accompanied by supporting income verification documents providing family income less than 150% of the most current Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG), will be approved to attend the second level Administrative Parking Hearing without first posting the statutorily required fine deposit. Additionally, upon request, any registered owner or driver of a vehicle that receives a GCCCD parking violation(s) will be approved to make payment on that violation(s) within parameters set by the District Public Safety Office. More information regarding parking citation pay plans may be obtained at the Campus and Parking Services offices and found here.

How to Appeal a Parking Citation/Ticket

Parking citations 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.

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. We suggest you retain printed copies of your online request for appeal 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. State Law requires that the fees due on the citation be deposited at the time the hearing request is made. The Campus 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. If you make an appointment to attend a hearing and do not show up or cancel 24 hours in advance the citation will automatically be upheld.

When Campus and Parking Services is notified of the hearing officer's decision, we will mail a decision notice via certified mail. Should the citation be dismissed, the Campus 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 the Campus keeps the citation fees previously deposited to satisfy the citation. However, if the citation is dismissed, the Campus refunds the $25 Civil Court Filing Fee and the fees deposited on the citation.

Citation Fees
Citation Citation Rate
No student permit displayed $45
Failure to display staff permit $45
Blocking an exit $45
Blocking a traffic lane $45
Undesignated area $45
No Parking Zone $45
Parked across two stalls $45
Improper Display $45
Violation of posted signs $45
Time Zone 10, 15, 20, 30 & 60 minutes                          $45
Current registration not displayed $45
Altered/Counterfeit Permit $100
Red Zone/Fire Hydrant $100
Disabled placard misuse $400
Disabled parking $400

Public Safety Contact Numbers

Call 911 in an emergency

  • Life-threatening situation
  • Medical emergency
  • Crime in progress
  • Fire
  • Major disturbance
  • Crime report
  • Request for police presence to deal with potentially-disruptive person

Sheriff's Non-Emergency Line

Call 858-565-5200

  • Reporting a break in that occurred in the past
  • Reporting vehicle damage
  • Reporting suspicious situations that are non-threatening
  • Any non-life threatening issue

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

  • Automobile assistance
  • Parking
  • Lost & Found
  • Safety Escort
  • Room Unlock/Lock



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