Permit Parking

All UCSF campus locations have areas designated specifically for permit parking, with fees varying by location, access privileges, and/or affiliation.

Please review this section carefully for eligibility, permit types, fees, and other important permit information. (Note: This site is updated periodically, as needed.)

To request a permit, please bring a completed Parking Application form to the Transportation office nearest you.

Eligibility

The information below explains how the limited number of campus parking permits is allocated. 

For details about permit types, costs, and facilities access, refer to Permit Chart.

Faculty

Faculty on pay status with an appointment of 20% or more are eligible for an “A” permit.  Faculty who are unpaid are eligible for a “C” permit, and those on pay status with an appointment of 20% or less or on pay status as emeriti faculty are eligible for an “RA” permit. RA and C are limited for use one day a week.

All three permit types have reciprocal privileges at most UCSF garages and lots, with the exception of Mt. Zion unless the permit type issued is an “AMZ.” 

In all cases, a Dean’s signature is required on the parking application as evidence of approval. 

Please note that approval and waitlists for faculty permits are managed solely by the respective Schools, not by Transportation Services. 

Staff (including Post Docs)

Night and Evening Shift Staff: Staff who work evenings and night shifts are eligible for “N” or “L” parking permits which are associated with evening, weekend, and UCSF holiday hours.  Please refer to Permit Access Chart for details about times at which the various parking facilities open up to N and L permits. N and L permits have reciprocal privileges during each facility’s evening, weekend, and UCSF holiday hours.

Emergency Response Staff: Staff whose professional responsibilities require response to life-safety emergencies on a 24 hour-a-day, seven day-a-week basis, are eligible for a “G_ _” parking permit*.  A signature from the applicable dean, vice chancellor, or the Medical Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is required on the parking application as evidence of approval. 

Staff with Intra-Campus Duties: Staff whose duties require regular (nearly daily) travel among on- and off-campus locations during the course of the workday, that cannot be satisfied by the use of intra-campus shuttle services, are eligible for a “G_ _” permit *. A signature from the applicable dean, vice chancellor, or the Medical Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is required on the parking application as evidence of approval.

*G permits have reciprocal privileges except that G permits may not be used in UCSF’s hospital lots/garages and use at Mt. Zion is restricted only to those staff members with Mt. Zion as their primary work location.

Staff with Disabilities: Staff with either short-or long-term physical disabilities who cannot reasonably use public transit and/or UCSF shuttles, as certified by a written statement from the individual’s personal physician and approved by Disability Management Services, are eligible for a “GD” permit which is intended to be used at an employee’s primary work location. In addition to having a GD permit, a disabled placard is required for employees to park in disabled stalls within UCSF’s parking facilities. 

Senior Staff: Staff in Career Tracks Grade 26 or higher are eligible for a “P” permit. Please refer to the Permit Access Chart for details about parking reciprocity.  Deans, institute academic directors, and department and division chairpersons are eligible for faculty permits (see above).

Waitlist: Employees who do not meet the eligibility requirements above can be placed on a waitlist by contacting Transportation Services: (415) 476-2566.  Waitlist is prioritized by the most recent hire date and availability at the requested parking facility.

Students:
For detailed information about various student parking options, please review the section entitled “Permit & Public Parking” by clicking on the blue dropdown banner on our Student Services page.

Postdocs
Same eligibility as Staff (see above).

Clinical Residents and Fellows
UCSF Clinical Residents and Fellows who are approved for parking through the Graduate Medical Education office, or Dean’s Offices at Schools of Pharmacy or Dentistry, as applicable, are eligible for either a monthly Housestaff (HS) permit or PayByPhone single-day parking permit.

More information about applying for these permits can be found here: Housestaff parking options.

Affiliate/Visiting UC Faculty
Affiliate faculty members with a UCSF ID and a faculty title code are eligible to purchase a UCSF faculty parking permit.  (See “Faculty” section above.)

UCSF limits complimentary parking to visiting faculty permit holders from other UC campuses who require occasional parking to no more than five times in a 12-month period.  Visiting faculty should park in campus surface lots and avoid parking in campus garages or in hospital surface lots or garages that primarily serve our patients and visitors.

Each UC campus establishes its own policy for reciprocity regarding acceptance of UCSF permits to park at their campuses.  Such reciprocity is often limited to employees hired into a faculty title code.  Employees are encouraged to contact the UC campus they plan to visit in advance and inquire about their reciprocity policy.

Student Services

A UCSF student is defined as an official student registered via the UCSF Registrar’s office and affiliated with one of the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Graduate Division.

Students are encouraged not to bring personal vehicles to San Francisco, unless use of a personal vehicle is absolutely necessary.  UCSF offers free shuttle service between UCSF campuses from morning until night. In addition, Transportation Services has partnered with Lyft on an afterhours program that provides free intra-campus travel to students or up to $10 Lyft credit to get home (if living off-campus).  Car share programs are also available to students.

To obtain a parking permit, please bring a completed Mission Bay Student Parking Permit Application to the nearest Transportation office. 

The Tidelands

Tenants of The Tidelands are strongly discouraged from bringing vehicles to UCSF because there is no tenant parking on property during the work day.

If a tenant absolutely needs to bring a vehicle, eligibility for a UCSF parking permit to park in a facility other than the Tidelands garages will be based on prevailing requirements (as noted above).

With a permit, use of the Tidelands parking garage is allowed during evenings (4:45PM – 8AM, M-F) and on weekends (all-day) and UCSF holidays. 

Permit Parking by Campus Site

Parnassus
Mission Bay
Mount Zion
Laurel Heights
Mission Center

For details about permit types, costs, and facilities access, refer to Permit Chart.


PARNASSUS
Permit parking available near our Parnassus campus:

ACC Garage: “APH/HS/PPH/GR” - $250/month
Limited permit parking is available in the ACC garage for faculty, Housestaff and senior management on an allocation basis only; the entrance to this facility is at the corner of Irving and Arguello. General staff parking is not available at this facility.  Permit is non-transferable. EV Chargers are available at the ACC garage for permit holders.  For more information, click here.

“N” - $99.75/month, afternoon/weekends/university holidays
The Millberry Union garage primarily serves UCSF patients and visitors. Afternoon, evening, and weekend permits are available to all staff, faculty and students. A “N” afternoon permit is valid from 2:00 PM to 8:00 AM weekdays and anytime on weekends and holidays to all faculty, staff, and students. Permit is non-transferable.  Here are the campus holidays that allow you to park in the MU garage.

*The “N” permit is valid at Beckman Vision, LPPI, Mission Hall lot and the Mt. Zion Campus between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM on weekdays and anytime on weekends and holidays.

“L” Permit – $31.70/month, evening/weekends/university holidays
The Millberry Union garage primarily serves UCSF patients and visitors. Afternoon, evening, and weekend permits are available to all staff, faculty and students. A “L” evening permit is available between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM on weekdays and anytime on weekends and holidays to all faculty, staff, and students.  Permit must be purchased on an annual basis.  Permit is non-transferable.  Here are the campus holidays that allow you to park in the MU garage.

Surge/Woods Lot: “SW” - $125.00/month
This 120 space surface lot is located off Medical Center Way, mid-way between Parnassus Avenue and Aldea student housing. Permits are issued via a long waiting list to all staff. It is about a 5 minute walk from the lot to Parnassus and shuttle services is available about every 15 to 20 minutes from 6:45 AM to 6:45 PM weekdays.  Permit is non-transferable.

Kezar Lot: “XKMC” - $250/month
Transportation Services has reserved 100+ daytime parking spaces at the Kezar parking lot for UCSF staff and faculty. These permits are available on a first-come first-serve basis, for which there is currently a waiting list. The Kezar lot is located at Stanyan and Bulah (about five blocks from the Parnassus Campus) and is served on weekdays by the UCSF shuttle from 5:15 AM to 9:00 AM every 15 minutes and from 5:00 PM to midnight every 20 minutes.  Permit is non-transferable.

Motorcycle: “MC” - $59.10/month, all locations
A motorcycle permit is a sticker that you affix to your motorcycle/scooter front left fork. You can buy this sticker at both Mission Bay and Parnassus parking offices. Pay for your motorcycle permit by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction.  Motorcycle permit parking at Parnassus is located in the ACC permit garage on levels P5-P7, the Westside lot on level 2 and the Beckman Vision lot along the hillside retainer wall.  Permit is non-transferable.

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MISSION BAY
Permit parking available near our Mission Bay campus:

“AMB” Permit - Faculty: $250/month
Faculty located at the Mission Bay campus for parking in the garage and permit surface areas. Parking available seven (7) days per week, twenty-four (24) hours per day, anywhere designated for permit parking. When at the Parnassus campus enter ACC permit garage via Irving/Arguello Streets. May be paid by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Permit is non-transferable.

“MBR” Permit - Staff: $250/month
Regular daytime parking for staff located at Mission Bay.  The “MBR” permit is good only for the Mission Bay and Laurel Heights campus. There is reciprocity at some other campus sites at specific times.  You can also park at Parnassus between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM weekdays, and all day weekends and UC holidays. May be paid by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Permit is non-transferable.

“PMB” Permit - Senior Administration MSP IV or higher: $250/month
Senior Administration located at the Mission Bay campus for parking in the garage and permit surface areas. Parking available seven (7) days per week, twenty-four (24) hours per day, anywhere designated for permit parking. When at the Parnassus campus enter ACC permit garage via Irving/Arguello Streets. Permit is non-transferable.

“N” - $99.75/month, afternoon/weekends/university holidays
Afternoon, evening, and weekend permits are available to all staff, faculty and students. A “N” afternoon permit is valid from 2:00 PM to 8:00 AM weekdays and anytime on weekends and holidays to all faculty, staff, and students. Permit is non-transferable.  Here are the campus holidays that allow you to park in the garage.

*Current parking demand and patterns at the Mission Bay Hospital garage and surface lot indicate occupancy to be at or near full capacity during peak hours.  Therefore, to ensure sufficient parking is available to patients and their families at the hospital, effective 7/1/18 “N” permit holders will be able to access parking privileges at these facilities from 4:45pm-8:00am and anytime on weekends and UC holidays.

“L” Permit – $31.70/month, evening/weekends/university holidays
Afternoon, evening, and weekend permits are available to all staff, faculty and students. A “L” evening permit is available between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM on weekdays and anytime on weekends and holidays to all faculty, staff, and students.  Permit must be purchased on an annual basis.  Permit is non-transferable.  Here are the campus holidays that allow you to park in the garage.

Motorcycle: “MC” - $59.10/month, all locations
A motorcycle permit is a sticker that you affix to your motorcycle/scooter front left fork. You can buy this sticker at both Mission Bay and Parnassus parking offices. Pay for your motorcycle permit by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Motorcycle permit parking at Mission Bay is located in the Community Center garage on floors 1-3, the 3rd St garage on floors 2-6 and the 1835 Owens St garage on level 1.  Permit is non-transferable.

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MOUNT ZION
Permit parking available at Mount Zion Hospital:

“AMZ” Permit - 1701 Divisadero Garage/2325 PostGarage/Bush-Scott Lot: $250/month
A total of 200 permit spaces are available at the above locations, which serve faculty on paid status at least 50% with substantial responsibilities at Mt. Zion and with departmental allocation or approval from Medical Center administration. General staff and Housestaff parking are not available at these facilities.  Permit is non-transferable.

“L” Permit – Evening/Weekend/University Holidays: $31.70/month
Parking available between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM on weekdays and anytime on weekends on holidays to faculty, staff, students. Permit is non-transferable.

Motorcycle: “MC” - $59.10/month, all locations
A motorcycle permit is a sticker that you affix to your motorcycle/scooter front left fork. You can buy this sticker at both Mission Bay and Parnassus parking offices. Pay for your motorcycle permit by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction.  Motorcycle permit parking at Mt. Zion is located in the 1701 Divisadero garage on levels 2-4 and the 2325 Post St garage at the entrance, on your left.  Permit is non-transferable.

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LAUREL HEIGHTS
Four permit types are available on our Laurel Heights campus:

“ALH” Permit - Faculty: $250/month
Faculty located at the Laurel Heights campus for parking in the garage and permit surface areas. Parking available seven (7) days per week, twenty-four (24) hours per day, anywhere designated for permit parking. When at the Parnassus campus enter ACC permit garage via Irving/Arguello Streets. May be paid by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Permit is non-transferable.

“LHR” Permit - Staff: $250/month
Regular daytime parking for staff located at Laurel Heights. The “LHR” permit is good only for the Laurel Heights campus. There is reciprocity at some other campus sites at specific times. You can park at Parnassus between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM weekdays and all day on weekends and UC holidays. May be paid by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Permit is non-transferable.

“PLH” Permit - Senior Administration MSP IV or higher: $250/month
Senior Administration located at the Laurel Heights campus for parking in the garage and permit surface areas. Parking available seven (7) days per week, twenty-four (24) hours per day, anywhere designated for permit parking. When at the Parnassus campus enter ACC permit garage via Irving/Arguello Streets. Permit is non-transferable.

“L” Permit - Evening/Weekend/University Holidays: $31.70/month
Evening parking for faculty, staff, and community at the Laurel Heights campus from 4:45 p.m. to 8 a.m., during regular workdays and all day weekends and “University” holidays. Must be paid by cash or check in full for fiscal year. Permit is non-transferable.

Motorcycle: “MC” - $59.10/month, all locations
A motorcycle permit is a sticker that you affix to your motorcycle/scooter front left fork. You can buy this sticker at both Mission Bay and Parnassus parking offices. Pay for your motorcycle permit by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Motorcycle permit parking at Laurel Heights is located on sub-level 3.  Permit is non-transferable.

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MISSION CENTER
Permit parking available at Mission Center Building:

Mission Center Building: “AMCB/MCR/PMCB/GMCB”: $218
Approximately 175 permit on-site surface lot spaces are available at the Mission Center Building for faculty, staff and senior management. Permits are available on a first-come first-serve basis, for which there is currently a waiting list.

“L” Permit – Evening/Weekend/University Holidays: $31.70/month
Parking available between 4:45 PM and 8:00 AM on weekdays and anytime on weekends on holidays to faculty, staff, students. Permit is non-transferable.

Motorcycle: “MC” - $59.10/month, all locations
A motorcycle permit is a sticker that you affix to your motorcycle/scooter front left fork. You can buy this sticker at both Mission Bay and Parnassus parking offices. Pay for your motorcycle permit by cash or check (in full for fiscal year) or payroll deduction. Motorcycle permit parking at Mission Center is located in the Southwest corner of the lot.  Permit is non-transferable.

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Single-Day Parking Permit for Alternative Transportation Users

UCSF Transportation Services offers single-day full access parking permits for eligible UCSF faculty, staff, students, post docs, residents and fellows who meet eligibility requirements and commute to work by an alternative transportation* mode at least 4 out of 5 days per week, or 80% of their work commute days.  Permits cannot be used more than once a week.

* Alternative transportation includes vanpool, carpool, bicycle, and/or public transit.  Employees enrolled in the pre-tax commuter benefit program administered by Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions (ECBS) are also eligible to apply for a single-day parking permit.

Single-day parking permits are issued to UCSF faculty, staff, students, post docs, residents and fellows who meet eligibility requirements who do not possess a regular monthly parking permit but would otherwise qualify for a monthly parking permit at their primary work site. 

To apply for a single-day permit, please review the single-day parking permit policies and guidelines, then submit a completed Alternative Transportation Parking Application to Jay Xue, Permit Parking Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Pre-Tax Payments


UCSF employees who park at a UCSF controlled facility can pay their monthly permit parking fees via pretax payroll deduction provided their appointment lasts at least 12 consecutive months and they are scheduled to receive a paycheck during the entire term of their appointment. Individuals signing up for payroll deduction are required to self-pay for their permit by cash, check, or credit card for the period prior to the start of their payroll deduction.

For information on options for non-UCSF controlled parking facilities, please visit our Pre-Tax Parking saving program section.

Rules & Regulations


Permit fees are based upon your possession of a permit or garage access card, even if it is not being used.

Parking permits are issued on the basis of an individual’s primary workstation.

When parking a non-decal bearing vehicle, the permit holder must complete a Parking Permit Exception (one-day only) online at myparking.ucsf.edu.  A confirmation form will be emailed to your campus email address.

Permit parking privileges are not transferable. Permits cannot be loaned, sold, or otherwise utilized by anyone other than the permit holder.

Permit holders must park in designated permit parking stalls only.

A permit is invalid when the expiration date has passed, any portion of the permit is not visible or is illegible, it has been altered, the appropriate fee has not been paid, or it has been reported lost, stolen, or canceled.

Vehicles cannot be “stored” in campus garage facilities. Vehicles parked in excess of 72 continuous hours are subject to citation.

In accepting a parking permit, the permit holder agrees to abide by campus parking policy. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of parking privileges.

The University is not responsible for loss or damage to vehicles parked on University property.

Please also refer to the UCSF Administrative Policy Guide, Section 200-17.

Parking Reciprocity

For details about permit types, costs, and facilities access, refer to Permit Chart.

For visiting faculty permit holders from other UC campuses who require occasional parking, UCSF limits complimentary parking to to no more than five times in a 12-month period. 

Please note that each UC campus establishes its own policy for reciprocity regarding acceptance of UCSF permits to park at their campuses.  Such reciprocity is often limited to employees hired into a faculty title code.  Employees are encouraged to contact the UC campus they plan to visit in advance to ask for information about their reciprocity policy.

Electric Vehicle & Green Cars

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are available in the following parking structures for the UCSF community and visitors for “top-off” charging.

Locations

● Mission Bay Community Center Garage
● Mission Bay 3rd Street Garage
● Mission Bay Hospital Garage
● Parnassus Heights Millberry Union Public Garage
● Parnassus Heights permit-only ACC Garage
● Mount Zion 2420 Sutter Public Garage

Driving a fuel-efficient, low-emitting, Green Car, gives you access to priority parking in UCSF garages. A limited number of priority parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, spaces are identified by the green vehicle parking sign.

Click here for more information on EV Charging Stations and Green Car Parking.

Valet/Stack Parking

ACC garage
Valet/stack parking is available for permit holders in the ACC permit garage (Parnassus campus) on Levels P5, P6, P7, and P8 from 8:00 am-6:30 pm.

Mission Center Building
Valet/stack parking is available at the Mission Center parking facility.  Valet services is available Monday to Friday from 9AM to 3PM and designed to provide parking options for UCSF permit holders during peak parking demand periods.

• Attendant stationed in the kiosk next to the 15th Street entrance
• When lot is full, attendant will direct you to park in the 1st aisle (along 15th Street), issue you a claim ticket and take your vehicle keys
• As spaces open up within the parking lot, attendants will park and lock your vehicle
• Prior to 4:30PM, please return to attendant kiosk to obtain your vehicle keys and location of your parked vehicle

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Permits and Cardtrols


Our Parking Office should be notified immediately of lost, damaged, or stolen permits or cardtrols. The current fee for replacement of window decals or cardtrols is $20.00 each.  Replacement for hangtag permits is $30.00.

Parking Permits: Hibernation, Permanent Cancellation, and Refunds


Please remember that charges are based upon your possession of a permit or garage access card, even if it is not being used.

Hibernation
You may temporarily cancel or hibernate your parking permit if you will be on leave (excluding vacation leave) over 30 “working” days.
Your garage access card and permit must be returned to the Transportation Office for the duration of your leave. 
Refund or credit cannot be given for leaves of less than 30 consecutive days.
Upon your return, your permit and/or garage access card will be reinstated (reinstatement of Kezar parking based on availability).


Cancellation
To permanently cancel your permit parking, you must return the garage access card to the UCSF Transportation.

Refunds
The following information applies to both hibernation and permanent permit-parking cancellation requests:
Refunds for parking fees can be made only from the date the garage access card and/or permit is returned to a Transportation office (in person or via postmarked mail to a Transportation office). 
Refund or credit cannot be authorized if the permit and garage access card are not returned prior to the leave.

How to return your permit
In person:
UCSF Parking office at Parnassus
500 Parnassus Avenue, MU-Level P7, Room 26 or
UCSF Parking office at Mission Bay
1625 Owens Street, Community Center Garage, First Floor Cashier Booth

Via mail, send to: UCSF Parking Office, 500 Parnassus Avenue, MU-Level P7, Room 26, San Francisco, CA 94143-0240

Alternative Vehicle (Non-Permit Bearing) Registration


All permit holders, with the exception of carpool or departmental pool permit holders, who are parking a non-decal bearing vehicle in the permit parking areas must complete an online Parking Permit Exception (one-day only) available at myparking.ucsf.edu.

The exception must be completed in full by the permit holder.  A confirmation letter with a record number will be emailed to you.

The permit holder must be an occupant of the non-permit bearing vehicle being registered.

To make special arrangements if a permit holder finds it necessary to drive a non-permit bearing vehicle for an extended period of time, contact our Parking Office.

Transferability and Permit Display


Permits are issued based on the eligibility of the permit holder.  At no time may permit parking privileges be loaned, sold, or utilized by anyone other than the registered permit holder (including spouses, domestic partners and other family members).  Permits may not be tampered with and/or altered in any way.  Such violations are considered serious misconduct which may result in significant parking fines and potential disciplinary action. 

Permits must be displayed at all times when parking in a UCSF parking garage or lot.  Permit must be affixed to garage access card (cardtrol); otherwise, permit is deemed invalid.  Vehicles parked without a valid permit visibly displayed will be subject to citation.

Permit holders who no longer have use for permit parking privileges must return the decal and/or cardtrol to the Parking Office. Permit fees are based on possession of a parking permit until it is returned to the parking office.

Special Event Group Parking


Discounted Special Event Group parking rates are offered to UCSF departments during non-peak hours, weekends and holidays at various campus sites based on availability. Approved Special Event Group parking rates may be paid on an individual basis or can be recharged to your UCSF department for your convenience.

Standard Special Event parking rates:
3-5 hours = $7.50 flat rate
5-12 hours = $15.00 flat rate

To request a special event for your department, click here.

For more information, contact the Transportation Services office closest to you:

Parnassus Campus
500 Parnassus Avenue
MU-Level P7, Room 26
San Francisco, CA 94143-0240
Phone: (415) 476-2566
Fax: (415) 476-9633
Open weekdays:
7:30 AM to 4:45 PM

Mission Bay Campus
1625 Owens Street, Suite 104
Community Center Garage
San Francisco, CA 94143-0299
Phone: (415) 476-1511
Fax: (415) 476-0499
Open weekdays:
8:15 AM to 4:45 PM