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Parking Permits

EmeritusPart-Time • Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Caltech parking permits are available to Institute personnel, students, affiliates, gym members, and JPL personnel.  To register for a parking permit, please complete a permit application and bring the completed form to the Parking Office at 515 S. Wilson Avenue.

Commuter (General Parking) Permits $40 per month

  • Commuter permits are valid only in commuter parking stalls. Commuter stalls are defined as any space that is not otherwise marked as carpool, reserved, handicapped, or visitor.
  • Caltech staff, Post Docs, and faculty have the option of payroll deduction or payment by check on a quarterly or annual basis.
  • Caltech students have the option of an automatic deduction from their student account or payment by check on a quarterly or annual basis.
  • Campus affiliates that do not receive a paycheck from the Institute must pay by cash or check on a quarterly or annual basis.
  • Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and Caltech ID cards are not accepted as forms of payment.

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Reserved Permit $80 per month

  • Reserved permits are available to Caltech faculty, emeritus, staff, and students.
  • Each Reserved Permit will be accompanied by a named parking space that is reserved for the exclusive use of the permit holder.
  • Persons who qualify and opt for a reserved space have the option of payroll deduction or payment by check on a quarterly or annual basis.

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Carpool Permits (Orange) $30 per month

  • Carpool permits are available according to the following guidelines:
  • The carpool must include at least two Caltech personnel or one Caltech personnel and one JPL Personnel.
  • Campus residents are not eligible to receive carpool permits.
  • Vehicles displaying a carpool permit must park in a designated carpool space.
  • The cost is divided between the members of the carpool.

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Motorcycles $40 per month

  • Motorcycles with an engine size of 150 CCs or greater must be registered with the Parking Office and display a valid Caltech motorcycle permit.
  • Motorcycle permits are provided at no charge with the purchase of a regular Caltech parking permit.

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  • Visitors are required to display a permit if their vehicle is parked on campus between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Visitor permits are available at automated pay stations at the following locations:

ο  Structure #1 (North Wilson Structure)
ο  Parking Lot #6 (Tournament Lot )
ο  Structure #3 (California Structure)
ο  Structure #4 (Holliston Structure)

  • Visitor permits may be purchased at the following rates:

ο  1 hour permit: $2
ο  2 hour permit: $3
ο  3 hour permit: $4
ο  4 hour permit: $5
ο  All day permit: $6
ο  Weekly permit: $18

A $6 daily permit is valid through the end of the business day (5:00 p.m.) in which the permit is purchased.


  • Susan arrives on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and purchases a $6 daily permit. This permit is valid until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • David arrives on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. and purchases a two-hour permit. This permit is valid through the remainder of the business day on Tuesday.
  • William arrives on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.. William is not familiar with the parking regulations and purchases a $6 daily permit. This permit is valid only until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and is not valid at any time on Wednesday.
  • Visitor permits may also be pre-purchased in bulk through the Parking Office. Contact the Parking Office at (626) 395-8877 or via e-mail at
  • Visitor permits are valid in the Commuter (General) parking stalls.

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  • Emeritus may purchase a Reserved Space Permit, a Commuter Permit, or a Carpool permit with a qualifying carpool partner.
  • Emeritus may purchase Reserved or Commuter Permits at the following rates:
    • Commuter Permits - $360 per year
    • Reserved Permits - $600 per year
  • Emeritus must pay by check on a quarterly or annual basis.

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  • Faculty or staff who are scheduled to work 20 hours per week or less are qualified to purchase a commuter permit at the reduced rate of $18 per month. 
  • Part-time rates do not apply to Carpool or Reserved permits.

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 Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

  • Members of the Caltech community may qualify to receive a 20% discount on their quarterly or annual parking permit if their primary vehicle is on the Qualified Vehicle List from the ACEEE.
  • Qualification for the discounted rate is determined by the Parking Office upon submission of the Low Emission Vehicle Form.

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