Permit Dispensers

Pay Stations for Hourly and Daily Permits

Parking Services has expanded the installation of new parking permit dispensers for hourly and daily permits. The machines are easy-to-use, intuitive, and deliver improved benefits to parkers in our campus lots. The dispensers accept credit cards and have state-of-the-art technology that allows them to provide consistent service and be easily maintained. Additionally, they offer the equivalent of an hourly or daily "G" permit that can be used in any "G" space on campus.

Pay Station Locations

Machines have been installed in several parking lots on campus for your convenience.

  • Parking Structure 1 - Dispensers are located on levels 1-3
  • Parking Structure 2 - Dispensers are located on all levels
  • Hazel Lot - Located across West 2nd Street from the Bell Memorial Union
  • Stadium Lot -  One dispenser located at the end of College Drive with another located on the east side of Nettleton Stadium
  • Gateway Science Museum Lot -  Near entrance
  • West Sacramento Lot - Located at the corner of Warner  and West Sacramento Avenue

Pay Station Instructions

  • Step 1 - Park in a "G" space. Once you park and exit your vehicle, look for the "Pay for Parking" sign (Yellow with Black lettering).
  • Step 2 - Approach the front of the payment station and press any key on the keypad to turn the payment station on.    
  • Step 3 - Select the number on the keypad that associates with the amount of time you wish to purchase.
    • Option 1 Hourly - select up to 4 hours ($1.00 per hour)
    • Option 2 Daily ($5.00)
  • Step 4 - Pay by credit card: insert the card and remove quickly to activate authorization. Watch the screen for prompts. Once your card has been authorized, the transaction will be complete.
  • Step 5 - Collect receipt from the ticket cup located at the bottom of  the dispenser.
  • Step 6 - Return to your car and place the receipt, with printed information face up on the driver's side of the dashboard. Ensure all date and time information is clearly visible through the front windshield.

number pad

step three for parking dispenser

Call for Assistance

Call the CSU, Chico Police Department at (530) 898-5555 for assistance.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do these machines contribute towards the University's Strategic Plan?
    • Strategic Priority 6: Sustainability
      • The machines are battery operated. The batteries recharge from an electrical connection at night, when electricity is less expensive. Therefore, machines are using battery power (rather than electricity) during peak electrical demand times.
      • While solar power was initially sought, it proved to be too cost prohibitive due to shade coverage that exists in many of our parking lots.
    • Strategic Priority 5: Institutional Effectiveness
      • The new machines assist parking in more effective stewardship of resources as well as a more consistent service for parkers obtaining a daily or hourly parking permit.
  2. Does this machine take credit cards?
    • Yes, the new machines accept VISA and MasterCard. You will receive a receipt in order to have a record of your credit card purchase (this receipt also acts as your permit)
    Does this machine take WildCart Card credit?
    • No, not at this time. While the card reader has the capability to read declining debit cards, such as our WildCat Identification Cards, the vendor is not able to work with our one-card system. We hope to be able to offer that service sometime in the future.
  3. Whom do I contact for more information about pay stations?
    • For more information, please call Parking Enforcement at (530) 898-5555. You can also send questions and comments via email to