Parking Q & A

Q.  Can I park in any lot with a visitor parking permit? What are the zone numbers for each campus when using the ParkMobile App?

A.  They are open to everyone for use as long as you pay through the ParkMobile App in any of the campuses.

ParkMobile Zone Numbers:

7510 San Marcos Campus

7511 Escondido Campus

7512 Fallbrook Campus

7513 Rancho Bernardo Campus

Q.  I received a parking ticket from your college but I’ve never been there before, what can I do?

A.  This happens when our processing center misreads a number or letter on the license plate.  The notice unfortunately then goes to the wrong person.  Once we have verified the error we will make all corrections including dismissal of the citation.  You will then receive a letter from our processing center stating the corrections have been made.

Q.  I have a disabled placard, do I need a Palomar college permit to park?

A.  Yes, a valid student, staff, or visitor parking permit must accompany your disabled placard and you can park in a staff or student lot.  

Q.  I have a parking permit from another college, can I use it at Palomar?

A.  Yes. We honor all staff permits from other colleges. We do not honor student permits from other colleges.

Q.  Payment on my ticket was due yesterday, I didn’t have time to pay it, what will happen if I don’t pay the citation on time?

A.  A late fee equal to the bail (citation amount) will be added to the citation.

Q.  What happens if I don’t pay my citation?

A.  If the cite is not paid at all there will be a hold on your vehicle registration and you will not be able to register your vehicle until the citation bail amount is paid.

Q.  I was a student last semester but not this semester, can I still get a visitor pass?

A.  As long as you pay the meters at the visitor spaces or use the ParkMobile App.

Q.  If I came to campus on a day I don’t have a class can I park in the visitor spaces?

A.  Yes, you can use the ParkMobile app.

Q. How much is a day pass?

A. $5.00 and can be purchased through the ParkMobile app.

Q. Where are the pay-per-day permit machines located.

A.  We no longer have permit machines. All day/hourly permits must be purchased online through ParkMobile.

Q. Do I need a pass the first day of class.

A. Yes. We no longer have a grace period: therefore, a valid parking permit is required at all times.

Q. If I’m a student, can I park in a visitor space?

A. Yes, make sure to pay the amount you will be parked through the ParkMobile app.

Q. Why do I have to buy a day pass to buy a semester pass?

A.  A valid parking permit is required on the first day of the the semester.  This can be avoided if you buy your permit before the semester starts.

Q.  Can I park my motorcycle in an end cap?

A.  No, end-caps are not legal spaces and is a violation of the California Vehicle Code.

Q. Where is motorcycle parking?

A. We have motorcycle spaces in lots 4, 5, 9  and 12, at the main campus.

Q. Can a motorcycle park in a regular parking stall?

A. Yes

Q. Can I park in a visitor space if I am not enrolled in classes yet?

A.   Anyone coming for school business such as enrollment, counseling appointment, bookstore, etc. must park in a student lot or must pay through the ParkMobile app to park in visitor spaces.

Q. Where is lot 14?

A. Lot 14 is off of Mission Road to the east of campus past east of Comet Circle or west of Mission Road.

Q. If I have a state disabled placard/plate can I park in a DSPS stall?

A. No.

Q. If I have a DSPS placard, can I park in a state disabled stall?

A. No.

Q. Can I park in a disabled stall with only a state disabled issued placard/plate?

A. No, you must have a valid  Palomar College parking permit along with the disabled placard.

Q. Can I park anywhere with a state disabled issued placard/plate with a Palomar College parking permit.

A. Yes, as long as it is a legal parking space and there is no sign stated it is a reserved parking space.

Q. Where do I get a motorcycle permit?

A. As soon as you register your vehicles to the digital permit, your plate number will become your permit from now on.

Q. Can I park in lot 9E dirt area (mulch area)?

A. Parking in lot 9E is normally allowed during the first two of weeks of a semester to allow as an overflow parking lot.  After the first two weeks, the facilities department will assess the continued need for the overflow parking lot.  A decision to close the overflow dirt parking lot is made when there is ample parking spaces available.

Q. Do I have to have a permit to park in the dirt lot in 9A?

A. Yes, permits are required in all lots at all times.

Q. Do I need a permit to park in visitor parking?

A. No, but you must pay for parking through ParkMobile.

Q. How much is does it cost to park in a visitor space?

A. The rate is $1 for 1 hour, up to 4 hours through the ParkMobile app.

Q. Is there any free parking on campus?

A. We have a 20 minute green zone right in front of our office.

Q. Is there a change machine on campus?

A. No.

Q. If I am here for an athletic event, do  I need a parking permit?

A. If you are a student coming to an athletic event you must park in a student lot with your student permit.  If the event organizer requested special parking for an event we may suspend citing in a designated lot and a permit isn’t needed for visitors.  If arrangements aren’t made by the event organizer a permit is required.  It is always best to check with  Police Department to see if a permit is needed or not.

Q. If I buy a daily pass in one lot is it valid in a different lot?

A. The daily permits are good all day in all student lots on all campuses.

Q. Is my daily student permit/student semester permit valid at the Escondido Center, the main campus Rancho Bernardo Center and Fallbrook Center?

A. Yes.

Q. Do I have to park in a staff stall if I have a staff permit?

A. Staff permits are valid in any staff or student parking lots.  Staff parking permits are NOT valid in the visitor spaces.

Escondido Education Center

Q. Does the green curb mean I do not need a permit?

A.  Green curb is for 20 minute parking. A permit is not required during this time frame.

Q. Where are the student parking lots at the Escondido Center?

A. Student lots 1, 2, and 3 are located in the front, rear and side of the main building.

Q. How can I purchase a daily parking permit at the Escondido Center?

A. By downloading the ParkMobile app and enter the Escondido zone number 7511.