Parking Regulations

151528834.jpgGeneral Information:

  • All lots are parking by permit only.
  • Hours of enforcement are Monday through Friday 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Parking permits are not required on weekends.
  • All other parking violations apply 24/7

Parking Permit Refunds:

Refunds will be generated through the website and applied according to method of payment.

No refunds will be made after the second week of each semester.

Additional Permits

Parking permits are specific to the vehicle they are assigned to.  Parking permits have the vehicle license number on the permit and can only be displayed on the correct vehicle.  Vehicles displaying a parking permit with a different license number are subject to citation.

If a vehicle is sold or is no longer used for transportation to the campus, the permit can be transferred to a new vehicle.  The issued permit must be removed from the sold vehicle and brought to the police department on the Visalia campus.  A new permit will be issued that is specific to the new vehicle.  One transfer per semester will be allowed at no charge to the student.  Additional transfers after the first one will be charged $10.00 per transfer.

If a student has more than one vehicle, additional permits may be purchased online at the reduced cost of $10.00 per permit, when the vehicles are registered at the same address. To obtain a second permit, provide proof to the District Police that the additional vehicle/s are registered to the same address as the first permitted vehicle. For this process, we ask that you bring in both vehicle registrations to the District Police Department on the Visalia Campus.

Transferable Permit

Recognizing that some students may have special circumstances, transferable permits are available upon request. To obtain a transferable permit, complete the Special Consideration Permit Request located below and submit it to The District Police Dept. All requests will be reviewed by the Chief of Police and a determination made on a case by case basis. Requests must be made prior to purchasing a permit.

Non-Operating Vehicles

In the event that your permitted vehicle is non-operative, you may contact the District Police Dept. for a special two-week temporary pass.

Daily Permits

May be purchased for $2.00 from any of the Permit machines at the following locations: Visalia Campus: Parking Lots #1, #3, #4, #6 #7, and Lot #9. Hanford Campus: Lot 1 / Under the breezeway between the Public Safety and Educational Building - grace period is given for five minutes to obtain the permit. Tulare Campus: Parking Lots #1, #2, and #3.

In the event a citation was issued, it must be time stamped within five minutes after the issued time of the permit.

Non-operating Permit Machine In the event a permit machine is not functioning, you may obtain a permit from a permit machine in another parking lot or by going to the District Police Department in Visalia or the receptionist at both the Hanford & Tulare Centers.

It is still your responsibility to obtain a permit prior to parking.


Disabled Parking

Disabled parking spaces are located in various parking lots around the College of the Sequoias. You must display a current, state-issued disabled placard or disabled license plate to park in any disabled parking space. Only the person to whom the placard or plate was issued can use them. Individuals, who are caught fraudulently using a disabled placard, will be fined and the placard or plate confiscated (CVC 4461c).

Please Note: The fine for illegally parking in a Disabled zone is $330.00.

Disabled parking placards and plates are available ONLY if you have a permanent or temporary disability that is certified by a medical professional. Placards and plates are only issued through the CA-DMV.

Persons who have a valid disabled placard or plate must display a COS parking permit to park in the college’s general parking stalls (yellow - staff / white - student).

Below is a list of areas that you CAN park using your disabled placard/plate without having to obtain a student, staff, or visitor pass:

  • In marked disabled spaces, such as those with:

    • A universal wheelchair emblem.

    • Blue curbs.

  • In green curb spaces for unlimited time.

Below is a list of areas that you CANNOT park using a handicapped placard:

  • In striped areas next to handicap parking spaces.

  • At any red, yellow, or white curbs.


Parking Areas

The college campus has six parking lots with the following designated areas:

  • Reserved: COS Staff parking only. (Yellow Curb)
  • Handicapped: Handicapped placard or license plate. (Blue Curb)
  • Mopeds-Motorcycles: To be parked in the designated (Orange) areas only. Permits are not required.
  • 20 minute Zone: Visitor parking. (Green Curbs)
  • General Parking: Remaining parking areas of the campus with white painted spaces open to general and day permits.

Low Emission Vehicle Parking

In keeping with its commitment to sustainability, College of the Sequoias, in conjunction with its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Rating System) certified Tulare College Center, has installed parking spaces reserved for Hybrid and Low Emission Vehicles. To park in one of these spaces, a vehicle must display a COS LEV Parking Permit.

To qualify for a decal, the vehicle must be either a hybrid or it must meet the LEED criteria/definition of an LEV which is as follows: "...vehicles that are either classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board or have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

Please complete the application and return it to COS District Police Dept. located on the Visalia Campus in Blue Oak Building Room 903, email to or FAX it to 730-3989.

All submitted applications will be screened against the ACEEE issued list of LEED 2000-2011 Certified Vehicles. The ACEEE list is updated annually and covers vehicles from 2000.

LEV Permit App.pdfLEV Permit App

Carpool Parking Permits

Student Carpool Parking

The Student Carpool Zone is monitored to ensure that only vehicles, with 2 or more COS registered students displaying the required permits enter the designated area. Please note that the carpool zone may be impacted during the first 2 weeks of the new semester. The carpool zone is available to authorized students meeting the minimum requirements, on a first come first served basis.


The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for a carpool parking permit:

  • A minimum of 2 COS registered students per vehicle arriving to campus
  • At least one applicant must own a current student semester parking permit
  • Applicants must live within a close proximity of each other or commute to campus along the same route

Carpool Parking Regulations

  • A minimum of 2 registered carpoolers must enter the carpool parking area. Vehicles with a single driver dropping off carpool partners at other campus locations will not be allowed.
  • Only one carpool permit will be issued per carpool group
  • The carpool permit must be displayed as indicated along with a current student semester parking permit and is only valid in the Student Carpool Zone
  • Permits are limited and issued on a first come first served basis
  • Should the carpool permit be lost or stolen, contact District Police for a replacement

How to Apply for a Student Carpool Permit:

Complete this application and submit it to the District Police:

Car Pool Parking Permit

  • All applications will be reviewed and are subject to approval.
  • Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis.
  • Applicants who did not pick up their carpool permit from a previous semester will not be eligible to receive a new carpool permit.
  • Applicants who do not meet the requirements will not be approved.
  • All approved applicants' permits will be mailed to the listed address of the Carpool Coordinator.

Lost / Damaged Permits

Lost or destroyed permits may be replaced for the same price as the original permit.

Stolen Permits

Report stolen permits to the District Police Department immediately.

Free replacement permits are provided upon presentation of a police report.

Head in Parking

Campus Parking is head in parking in all parking spots. You must pull into a spot leaving your vehicle facing inward.

Driver responsibilities:

  • It is the responsibility of every driver to know and obey the College of the Sequoias parking regulations, and the California Vehicle Code.
  • It is the drivers responsibility to provide a parking permit for any vehicle on the College of the Sequoias campus
  • The College of the Sequoias Parking Regulations and the California Vehicle Code are enforced at all times
  • All vehicles must be parked within allotted spaces
  • Issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space.
  • Permits must be properly displayed.

Vehicle Assistance

District Police can jump-start your vehicle if your battery is dead. District Police cannot change your tire or provide gas.

To get assistance, you need to have your identification and be prepared to sign a damage waiver. During peak periods you may have to wait.

Violations and Fines

Section 102 Disobedience of DISTRICT Police $40.00
Section 103 Speed Limit (10mph IN ALL PARKING LOTS) $75.00
Section 104 No Visible PERMIT VISIBLE $35.00
Section 105 Unauthorized/Altered Permit $100.00
Section 107 Reserved Parking $35.00
Section 108 Motorcycle not in designated parking $35.00
Section 109 Bicycle Parking $35.00
Section 110 Loading Zone $35.00
Section 111 Green Curb (20 Min) $35.00
Section 112 Red Zone $50.00
Section 113 Head-in parking $35.00
Section 114 Not Within Allotted Spot $35.00
Section 115 Parking/Driving in Unauthorized Area $45.00
Section 116 Abandoned Vehicles Towed
Section 117 Blocking traffic/Driveway Towed
Section 118 5 unpaid parking violations Towed
Section 119 Sleeping in Vehicle (10PM-8AM) $35.00
Section 120 Pedestrian right-of-way $35.00
Section 121 Prohibited methods of conveyance $35.00
Section 122 Loud Music $35.00
Section 123 Handicap Parking $330.00
Section 124 Littering $35.00
Section 125 Posting Handbills


Last Updated: 9/11/2018 1:49 PM