Parking Services

Located on the corner
of W. 2nd & Chestnut

Phone: 530-898-5555

Emergency dial 911

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Event Parking

Vehicles shall not drive or park on pedestrian walkways, campus sidewalks, or service roads without prior authorization of the CSU, Chico University Police Department. 

Contractors, Vendors & Media Parking


When on the CSU, Chico campus for authorized projects, contractor vehicles must be parked in a designated, fenced-in area. Any vehicle not able to park within the fenced area will be required to park off-campus or in a campus parking lot which requires the display of a valid parking permit.


Vendors having state business on campus will have limited access to campus. Allowable driving hour are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday through Sunday: 6:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. and after 2:10 p.m. on Friday.

When vehicles are parked they must be clear of all doors, disabled access, fire lanes, and sidewalks.


Marked media vehicles may have access to park on campus for reporting purposes.  Vehicles may not block building entrances, pedestrian pathways, or emergency vehicle access. A designated media stall is available on the 4th floor (next to the elevator on the northeast corner) of Parking Structure 2, located at the corner of West 2nd and Chestnut Streets.

Inner Campus Loading and Unloading 

All vehicles traveling within the campus core or in University parking lots shall not exceed a speed of 5 mph.


All persons wishing to drive inner campus and temporarily park their vehicle near campus buildings to load or unload heavy items, must first obtain permission from the University Police Department. Policies and procedures must be adhered to. For a list of these policies and procedures, please click here.

Access to the campus core for loading and unloading may be allowed during the following times:

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. and after 2:10 p.m.
  • Weekends: case by case basis, call the CSU, Chico Police Department at (530) 898-5555 for more information.

Vehicles without pre-authorization to access gated areas during these times must contact the CSU, Chico Police Department at (530-898-5555) for clearance. Access is not guaranteed.

Vehicles loading or unloading in other campus areas, not deemed the campus core, may do so with prior approval from the CSU, Chico Police Department.

Inner Campus Traveling and Parking Restrictions

  • Vehicles shall not travel at speeds greater than 5 mph.
  • Vehicles shall be kept in good working order, so as not to leak hazardous materials such as, gasoline, oil, diesel, or anti-freeze on inner campus roadways, walkways, or sidewalks.
  • Vehicles shall not park on any unpaved areas such as grass, planted areas, or dirt areas.
  • Vehicles shall not park in stalls, or any portion thereof, marked for specific purposes, without permission from the CSU, Chico Police Department (state vehicle stalls, handicapped stalls, Facility Management stalls, etc).
  • Vehicles shall not park in such a manner as to block, obstruct, impede, or delay any emergency vehicle.
  • Vehicles shall not block or obstruct any doorway, driveway, or portion thereof.Parking

For the safety and security of campus property and the community at large, vehicles found to be in violation of parking restrictions are subject to a parking citation, revocation of loading and unloading privileges, towing, and/or other action as deemed necessary by the CSU, Chico Police Department.

Sponsored Parking 

While there is no free or complimentary parking on campus, sponsored permits are available. Sponsored permits are not intended for use by students or employees of the University.

Sponsored” Daily Parking

Sponsored permits are valid for any “G” stall on campus. Unless otherwise posted, sponsored permits are valid in any "G" stall between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm. After 5:00 pm, the permit is valid in most parking stalls on campus with the exception of on campus residential lots or those stalls posted for state or other campus vehicles only. Sponsored permits are also valid in any campus disabled stall when displayed with a valid DMV placard.

Sponsored permits can be purchased in advance for $2.00 each by the host campus group. Sponsored permits are valid for one day only and all required information must be filled out by the host. It is also the host's responsibility to distribute the permits to event guests.

Purchase of the permits can be coordinated through Student Financial Services in the Student Services Center Room 230 or by calling (530) 898-5936.


Having a sponsored permit does not guarantee the availability of a parking space nor does it exempt guests from campus parking regulations. As with any parking violation, a citation may be issued if a vehicle is found to be parked illegally.

Permits not filled out correctly or with any alterations will result in a citation issued to the user.

If a guest arrives without a sponsored permit, purchasing an hourly campus permit is available through the Passport Parking App.  Cost is $1 per hour.


By planning ahead and providing parking information to your guests, you will reduce the chances of your guest receiving a parking citation.

For the convenience of your guests clearly state parking instructions in any announcements, flyers, letters, etc. This should include:

  • Designated parking lot names and locations. 
    Visit Where to Park for various map options that can be provided to your guests.
  • Restricted use permit to "G" general parking during the hours of 7:30 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Suggest arriving early. Parking is limited and parking spaces are not guaranteed.
  • Provide other options for parking, such as metered parking.

No Cite 

Requests for No Cites can not be accommodated.


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