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Finding parking at UC Berkeley can be very challenging. Planning in advance is the key to getting a well-located spot that meets your needs - one designated for disabled parking (a blue spot) or the nearest available parking spot that is not restricted for use.
The good news is the campus reserves significantly more parking spaces for persons with disabilities than is required by law. The bad news is the campus has limited areas available for parking of any kind, and some areas are more impacted by high population density than others. Below you will find information to make finding the right spot easier.
Getting a Disability Placard/License
You must have a blue disability placard/license plate issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to park in a "blue" space.
The DMV also issues temporary RED disability placards that the campus honors. These must be displayed in the vehicle in a manner so that the date of expiration is visible.
There are also a variety of types of campus permits(link is external)(link is external) available, ranging from regular campus parking permits based on student or faculty-staff classification to one day visitor's campus permits. Faculty, staff, and students may apply for a campus parking permit online or at the Parking & Transportation Customer Service Center(link is external)(link is external).
Anyone with temporary or long-term disabilities who does not already have a state-issued disability placard/license plate may submit an application to the California State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)(link is external)(link is external).
The campus Parking & Transportation may periodically check with the DMV to make verify that a disabled parking placard/license is up to date.
Campus Parking Permit Required (No Exceptions)
In addition to displaying a valid state-issued disabled parking placard, persons with disabilities must obtain a campus parking permit in order to park in a blue disabled parking (DP) space on campus.
You can be ticketed if you park in a campus blue disabled parking space with only a state-issued disabled parking placard/license and no current campus permit.
Visitor Parking information(link is external)
One Day Visitor Parking Permit
Parking permits for a single day are available at campus parking permit vending dispensers. You must have and display a current state issued disability parking placard/license along with the day permit.
We strongly recommend that visitors with a disability allow at least 45 minutes for parking.
In highly unusual circumstances (e.g., one time guest lecturers, presenters, etc.), special parking arrangements may be available by contacting the campus Disability Access Specialist a minimum of three working days in advance of the event (in general special arrangements are not available to audience members of events).
Parking for Personal Attendants
Non-disabled personal attendants who serve persons with disabilities are allowed to park in a "blue" disabled space only if they are driving a vehicle in which the personal with the disability is a passenger.
The vehicle must display a campus permit and a disability placard belonging to the person with the disability.
Where You Can Park
With a permit and disability placard/license plate, you may park in a campus blue disabled parking space.
Blue spaces are reserved for persons with disabilities. Most, but not all, of these spaces meet access codes requirements. For example, due to the hilly terrain on which the campus sits, not all “blue” parking spaces are sufficiently level (or wide) to meet the needs of all persons with disabilities.
Vehicles displaying a disability placard and campus permit may also park in any vacant campus parking space as long as the vehicle complies with the terms of any posted notice of restricted use for that space such as a particular individual or license plate holder, a specific category of vehicles, or a limited period of time).
Non-compliance with this provision will result in a parking citation.
Campus Parking Permit as Student Accommodation
When the Disabled Students' Program (DSP) determines that parking is a necessary, reasonable accommodation for a student in order to access the U.C. Berkeley academic curriculum, a campus parking permit may be provided by DSP at no cost to the student provided that s/he is officially registered as a student at U.C. Berkeley and campus parking is listed in the student’s DSP Letter of Accommodation.
A student's DSP specialist will consider the student's request for a campus parking permit as a necessary, reasonable accommodation pursuant to the following criteria:
- In general, travel to/from campus is a student's personal responsibility. Thus, students whose disability necessitates travel to/from campus via a personally owned vehicle are not ordinarily eligible (based solely on to/from campus travel needs) for a waiver of the campus parking permit fee.
- Eligibility for waiver of the campus parking permit fee is limited to currently registered students needing a disabled parking space to access the U.C. Berkeley academic curriculum, rather than extra-curricular activities.
- Other alternative solutions will be considered first, such as the viability of using the campus shuttle bus, Loop golf cart service, or other transportation options, and/or re-assignment of the course or activity to a more convenient location on campus.
In the event that parking is determined to be a necessary, reasonable accommodation in order to access the U.C. Berkeley academic curriculum, the campus parking permit issued (without cost) to the student will be limited to the specific days and times for which the accommodation is necessary and reasonable, as set forth in the student's Letter of Accommodation.
Parking Spaces Dedicated to an Individual
On rare occasions, departments may request that a particular parking space be dedicated to the exclusive use of a named faculty or staff with a disability. Occasionally a student with a disability will request a dedicated parking space. Even when a request for a dedicated parking space for a faculty, staff, or student with a disability is granted, the individual’s vehicle must still display a valid campus permit and usually the parking space will be dedicated to the individual’s exclusive use for only a limited number of hours on certain days.
Disability Access & Compliance (DAC) reviews requests for a dedicated parking space to determine whether the needs of the person with a disability can be met within the existing transportation/parking system:
- If the person's destination is on the campus shuttle bus route stops, they will be instructed to park in a parking lot near a shuttle stop where there is ample parking for persons with disabilities, such as Lower Hearst and Underhill, and asked to use the campus shuttle to reach their destination.
- If the person’s destination is not sufficiently near a shuttle bus stop or Loop golf cart services, alternative options may be explored, such as cab/van service or, when possible, relocation of the event/classroom/workplace.
- If alternative options are not feasible, an additional (non-dedicated) blue disabled parking space may be created in proximity to the destination. A trial period will ensue to ascertain if this additional “blue” parking space solves the parking needs of the person with a disability.
- If adding a new non-dedicated “blue” disabled parking space does not solve the person’s parking needs (e.g., the additional DP parking space is frequently occupied when the person needs to park), a disabled parking space may be dedicated for the exclusive use of the person with a disability by posting a sign with license plate number(s), limiting use of the “blue” disabled parking space exclusively to the person with the disability during the necessary hours.