Parking Policy

All parking on the Pleasant Hill Campus requires a parking decal or a daily permit. This permit must be displayed on the student's vehicle. Permits are required 6 a.m. through 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Friday. Students may park only in student parking lots. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and having a permit does not guarantee that a student will find a parking space. Separate summer permits are also required.
NOTE: Parking permits are not required at the San Ramon Campus.

Parking at DVC

Parking at the San Ramon Campus is free. Contact all other off campus locations for their parking policies. Students may park in the lots designated as student lots.

Parking at the Pleasant Hill Campus

Parking is particularly challenging the first two weeks of class. Please arrive early to allow time to get parked and get to class on time.

Car Drop-Off 

Car drop-off gives you one less thing to worry about during the first two-weeks of class.
Cars that do not display a valid parking permit will be cited. (There is a grace period the first week of each term.) 

Want to skip the parking hassles?
Try Transit, instead of driving to campus, and receive a free pre-loaded $20 Clipper Card from 511 Contra Costa for use on buses and BART. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 units to be eligible for this incentive.

Parking fees *

Term parking permits are available for purchase on InSite/WebAdvisor.  

Log into Insite and purchase term parking permits.

  • Fall term parking and spring term permits are $48 each.
  • Mid-term parking permits are $25.
  • Summer term parking permits are $25.
  • Bike parking is always FREE, and available.

Term permits are not available for purchase on campus. You will find the link on InSite's Academic Services menu. Go to InSite. We encourage all of our students to purchase term permits online to save time and money over purchasing daily permits, but when daily permits make more sense, we have:

Daily parking permit machines

  • Each Permit Machine has a motion detected LED light that will illuminate the machine when a member of the community approaches them to purchase a permit.
  • Apple and Google pay are now accepted at the new machines.
  • Visa, MasterCard and American Express are also accepted .
  • Large LCD screens provides easy to read instructions on how to purchase a daily permit. There are also detailed instructions with photos on the machines.
  • Permit machines no longer accept paper bills for payment.
  • The Parking Meters located in Lot 8 now accept both coins and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard). 

Daily parking permits are still $3 and can be purchased at the new machines located in campus parking lots. See frequently asked questions about parking fees and parking permit purchasing process. For parking lot locations on the Pleasant Hill campus, please see the campus map.

Do I need to display my permit?

All permits must be displayed in plain view with all numbers and markings clearly visible It is the responsibility of the driver to have the permit displayed.

What is the fine for a citation?

Failure to properly display your permit will result in a citation. Purchase and/or possession of a permit does not authorize parking on college facilities unless the permit is correctly displayed on the vehicle. The fine for illegal parking without a permit is $40. (Effective spring 2010)

Do you have a grace period?

A grace period for student parking permits is allowed for the first week of each term. No citations are issued for vehicles properly parked in marked student spaces during this period. Vehicles illegally parked in staff, disabled, no parking, or other restricted areas are subject to citation at all times. Grace period for fall 2019 is through September 2. Permit enforcement begins September 3, 2019.

How do I contest a parking citation?

If you feel you have a valid reason to contest a parking citation (see below for more information) please visit district police services and select "forms". Select Parking Citation Appeals Form for directions on how to file an appeal online.

General reasons that violations won't be dismissed

Below are some commonly listed reasons given for violating parking regulations. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the laws of the State and the College. These reasons generally will not result in the violations being dismissed, or the violator being successful in a hearing.

  • Short errands No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver short of a bona fide medical emergency, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking. A short errand is a very common excuse. It is not a valid reason for illegal parking.
  • Late for business or personal appointment Being late does not permit the driver the privilege of parking illegally.
  • No place else to park - the lot was full Other than being an invalid excuse, this, in fact, confirms the driver's liability. It is every driver's responsibility to locate legal parking.
  • I didn't see the sign - I didn't understand the sign Drivers are required to look for signs when parking. This may mean checking an entire lot from corner to corner. Drivers are also required to abide by the directions on the sign. A person indicating that they did not see a sign preventing parking is not an acceptable excuse.
  • Only part of my car was illegally parked A violation is not based on a certain percentage of the vehicle being illegally parked. If part of the vehicle extends into a restricted area, the violation is the same as if the entire vehicle encroached.
  • I left someone in the car; I left my parking lights on or blinking; I left a note in my car with the motor running Many drivers seem to think that evidence of a short stay mitigates the offense. It does not. The purpose of parking regulations is to restrict from certain places or permitted at times, motor vehicles which are not in motion. The presence of a passenger, a sign or blinking lights does not satisfy this purpose and, therefore, does not constitute a valid reason to dismiss a violation.
  • It was only a few minutes This explanation is one of the most common claims. Even if true, parking in a prohibited area is illegal.
  • Nobody else got a ticket Sometimes this excuse is raised as discriminatory enforcement. The officer may have had to leave the area before checking all the vehicles, however, a citation stands on its own.
  • Someone else had my car Under the new law, the registered owner (R.O.) has joint responsibility with whoever was driving their car. Unless it can be shown by the R.O. that the car was driven without permission, the R.O., renter or lessee is responsible for a parking citation.
  • An official saw me park and didn't say anything - Or said it was okay for a few minutes Generally speaking, employees have no authority to give permission to break the law. Whenever possible, an officer will caution about illegal parking, but silence by an official does not waive parking restrictions.
  • This violation has not been enforced in the past This normally is not the case, however, inadequate staffing or other priorities may give rise to violations not being enforced continually; but, nowhere does apparent failure to enforce parking laws constitute a valid excuse for illegal parking.
  • I've done it for years - everyone does it This is never a valid excuse for illegally parking. Nobody should be rewarded for getting away with prior violations.
  • The Permit Machine wasn't working It is often discovered that the permit machines are working fine. The inability to get a permit from the machine is most often due to operator error. Read the instructions on the machine. In any event, if a machine is not working, there are several others on campus and it is YOUR responsibility to purchase a permit from another machine. Report any machine malfunction immediately to the police dispatcher The college HIGHLY recommends purchasing a TERM PERMIT from InSite/WebAdvisor. It will save you time and money.

* All fees are subject to change by the state legislature.

This is a summary of DVC Parking Policies. Detailed information, including faculty/staff and student lot locations, is available from the District Police Office near parking lot 1.

Frequently asked questions regarding parking permits

What are the rates?

Term (fall / spring) parking permits:

  • $48 for cars;
  • $30 for motorcycles or mopeds;
  • $25 for Board of Governor's fee waiver.

Mid-term parking permit:

  • $24 for cars;
  • $15 for motorcycles or mopeds;
  • $13 for Board of Governor's fee waiver.

Summer session parking permit:

  • $25 for cars;
  • $15 for motorcycles or mopeds;
  • $25 for Board of Governor's fee waiver.

Don't want a parking permit?

  • $3 for daily parking permits;
  • 30 minutes per quarter (25 cents) for parking meters;
  • $40 for ALL parking citations.

How will students be able to purchase a term parking permit?

Students registering for classes using WebAdvisor will also have the opportunity to pay for the term parking permit. Information is on the WebAdvisor home page indicating this feature. A link is also included in WebAdvisor after the student completes the process of registering for classes.
Log into InSite and purchase parking permits.

How soon can I purchase a term parking permit?

Term parking permits are available for purchase approximately three weeks prior to the start of the new term.

Will there be a grace period for parking enforcement?

Yes, the parking grace period will last approximately one week beginning the first day of the term. See above for exact dates.

Will I be able to purchase the term parking permit at the college bookstore, Admissions and Records, or the Cashier's Office?

No. The only way to purchase a term parking permit is through the online process.

What if I want to pay cash for the parking permit?

Each college has identified several specific computers on their campus that will allow students to apply for the parking permit, then print out a voucher that is payable at the cashier's office. Upon payment, the student will receive a 7-day temporary parking permit that can be used until the permanent parking permit arrives at the student's home address.

Where are the locations of these computers?

CCC: Computers in the library, and in the assessment center and transfer center.

DVC: Computers #6 through #9 in the Welcome Center, and in the DSS department.

LMC: Outside of the cashier's window, and in the EOPS department.

How long does it take for me to receive my permit when I pay for it online?

The permit should arrive at your home address in 2-3 business days.

What is the name of the company that is managing this new process?

The name of the company is called Credentials Solutions. More details about the company can be obtained by visiting their website at They can also be reached at 1-800-646-1858.

What if a student incorrectly gives Credentials Solutions the wrong home address?

Credentials Solutions will forward all parking permits that were undeliverable to Police Services, who will hold and release them to students upon review of proper identification.

Will the increased cost of a term parking permit affect students who qualified for a Board of Governor waiver or financial aid?

Yes. Their term fee is now $25 and the mid-term fee is $13. In addition, there are no increases in the parking meters.

What happens if a student loses or someone steals their parking permit?

Students should report the stolen or lost parking permit to Police Services. Unfortunately, the student must purchase another parking permit if he/she wants to continue parking at a college lot.

Will students be able to use credit cards to pay for a daily parking permit?

Yes. Students now have the ability to purchase their daily parking permits using a credit card or cash.

Is there a refund policy?

Yes. Parking fee refunds will be made if the student drops all classes within the first two weeks of instruction for term-length courses or by 10 percent of the length of short-term courses. The parking decal must be returned to the Cashier's Office for a refund. The refund check will be mailed to the student according to the same refund processing cycle as enrollment fee refunds. Lost or stolen parking permits are not refundable