Parking and Driving

All vehicles must display a valid PLNU permit or parking pass at all times when on campus. The University Vehicle Code contains all rules and regulations concerning motor vehicles on campus. Vehicle registration, as well as citation payment and appeals, can be completed online.

Guide to Campus Parking Spaces

  • White spaces are open to all registered vehicles.
  • Orange spaces are reserved for commuter students, staff, and faculty, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on university holidays and during the summer session.
  • Purple spaces (located in the parking structure only) are reserved for commuter students, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on university holidays and during the summer session.
  • Yellow spaces (located in the parking structure only) are reserved for faculty, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on university holidays and during the summer session.

Special parking rules exist in the city lot, where the city of San Diego strictly enforces a four-hour time limit, and in the church lot, where the white spaces are exclusively for use by church staff and church visitors.

Student, Staff, and Faculty Vehicle Registration

Faculty, staff, and students must register their vehicles online. Once you submit your permit order, you will receive a confirmation email. When the order is approved, you will receive emailed instructions on how to obtain your permit sticker.

Freshman Vehicle Policy

Freshmen resident students are NOT PERMITTED to bring vehicles to campus at any time, nor may they park in surrounding neighborhoods or the city lot. This policy applies to all residential freshmen. For the purpose of this policy, a freshman student is defined as any student who graduated from high school within the past 12 months.

Freshmen violating the policy will be fined $500 plus 10 hours of community service. A second offense will result in an automatic referral to the Traffic Review Board and another fine of $500. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the student will be contacted by the Department of Public Safety and informed of the violation. Enrollment may be jeopardized if this policy is intentionally violated.

Scooters, 149cc and below, may be used and registered on campus provided they are registered with the DMV and meet all the motorcycle/scooter registration requirements.

Some alternative forms of transportation available to freshmen students are:

  • ZipCar (hourly or per day transportation)
  • MTS (San Diego public transit)
  • MTS Access (San Diego public transit for customers with disabilities)
  • Taxi or ride-sharing services (e.g., Uber)
  • Bicycles
  • Rides from friends with currently registered vehicles on campus

Citation Payment and Appeal Process

The University Vehicle Code contains all rules and regulations concerning parking, citations, and appeals. Citations must be paid or appealed online. If you wish to appeal your citation, follow these steps:

  1. Find your citation by entering the license plate or citation number in the search fields. After finding your citation, log into your iParq account.

  2. Enter a brief appeal in the text box provided. Images may be uploaded as supporting evidence.

  3. Submit your appeal. An emailed response will be sent within two to four weeks.

Visitors 

Campus visitors must stop at the Welcome Center at the Lomaland Drive entrance and request a one-day visitor parking permit. Overnight visitors must obtain a temporary overnight pass from the Public Safety office. Parking is permitted in any marked space with a valid PLNU visitor's pass. Parking for disabled persons requires a valid, state-issued disabled vehicle license plate or placard to be clearly displayed on the vehicle.

Bus Access

All buses must stop at the campus Welcome Center to obtain directions to the bus loading and unloading area. During the school year, buses must depart campus after unloading and return to retrieve passengers. There is NO bus parking on campus.

Coastal Viewing Access

Coastal viewing and community access is permitted to Sunset Cliffs Park and the attached lot via the PLNU campus 365 days a year. The public parking lot is located on Lomaland Drive across from the Campus Facilities building. This lot is maintained and enforced by the city of San Diego. Parking is prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. During the daytime, there is a four-hour limit. Vehicles parked on PLNU property for the purpose of accessing coastal areas or public property may be towed at the owner’s expense.