Conference and Special Event Parking

Upon request, the Santa Monica College Police Department will make special parking permits and/or arrangements for conferences, institutes, short courses, and athletic or other special events.

Those organizing functions can arrange for parking through Events Office at (310) 434-4000.

Visitors who attend events which are not regularly scheduled, but are campus-sponsored, will still need to purchase a daily parking permit for $10.00 at the visitor parking lot (Lot 6), located at 14th Street and Pico Blvd lot.

Parking for Contractors and Consultants

Unless otherwise specified by contract, contractors doing work within the campus must arrange for parking in advance. Consultants not on the college payroll, but doing work for campus departments, may be issued parking permits.

Types of Permits

All vehicles parking on any Santa Monica College property must display a valid Santa Monica College parking permit unless parked in metered spaces. Personal notes left on vehicles describing reasons for parking on the campus without the proper parking permit or for parking in an unauthorized manner do not constitute permission to park; these vehicles will be cited accordingly. All parking permits are issued solely by authority of the SMC Police Department and are not transferable to other persons.

There is no guarantee of a parking space on campus for employees and students. All parking is subject to appropriate availability.

Student Permits

Student permits are valid in all general student parking lots. The student parking permit does not guarantee the permit holder a parking space in a specific lot.

Employee Permits

Employee permits are valid in all staff parking lots as well as student lots.

Vendor Permit

Off-campus vendors and service providers who park on the Santa Monica College campus and perform maintenance and repair services for campus departments must display a Vendor parking permit. These permits are valid in designated staff and student parking lots.

Vehicles with commercial license plates may park free in designated loading zones for the purpose of loading and unloading only.

Daily Permit

Students and visitors may purchase daily permits for $10.00 and park in the visitor parking lot (Lot 6) located at 14th Street and Pico Blvd.

Permit Displays

Permits must be affixed to the vehicle’s front windshield or placed on the driver's side of the vehicle's front dash. Permits must be removed from vehicles upon expiration.


The window decal permit should be attached to the lower left interior of the driver’s side front windshield.

Hangtag Permits

Hangtag permits should be hung from the inside rearview mirror and be clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle. If the vehicle’s inside mirror is not at the top and center of the front windshield, the permit should be placed on the front dash on the driver’s side and readily visible from the outside of the vehicle.

Dash Display Permits

Some permits should be displayed on the front dash of the vehicle. Permits of this type include, but are not limited to, special event permits and one-day visitor/event permits. These permits must be displayed on the driver’s side dash and should be clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle.

Lost Parking Permits

Permits that have been stolen should be reported to the SMC Police Office. Replacement permits must be purchased at the Bursar’s office.

Disciplinary and Criminal Actions

SMC Police may notify the the Dean of Judicial Affairs, or the appropriate administrator so that further disciplinary action may be taken when appropriate.

SMC Police may discuss the consequences of possessing a stolen permit with the person in possession. Criminal charges may be filed with the District Attorney. The individual, if a student, will be referred to the Dean of Judicial Affairs. If the individual is an employee, then the appropriate administrator will be notified.

Santa Monica College Police Department

The SMC Police and Safety Services Department operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The primary responsibility of the department is to provide for the safety and protection of the students, employees, and visitors on district premises, as well as the protection of district property. For further information on Santa Monica College rules and regulations, call our office at (310) 434-4608.