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Bakersfield College

Parking Rules & Regulations

Please refer to the Bakersfield College campus map for parking locations.

Traffic and parking regulations shall be enforced at all times.

We take safety seriously. At Bakersfield College, we live by a motto: If you something , say something, so we can do something. Please report any suspicious activity to College Safety immediately at (661) 395-4554. Always secure your vehicle and never leave valuable items inside. Bakersfield College is not responsible for theft, damage, loss, etc. of your vehicle or your personal belongings.

Permits

Bakersfield College parking permits are for the use of the assigned driver only. The assigned driver is responsible for all violations involving this permit, agrees to follow the instructions below, understands that the parking permit remains the property of Bakersfield College, and agrees to present this permit at the request of any College Safety Officer.

Parking permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Parking on campus is first come, first served. A parking permit does not guarantee a parking space on campus. Theft, unauthorized use, or reproduction of this permit is subject to administrative disciplinary action.

You must park according to posted parking signs, marked zones (like red fire lanes, etc.), these instructions, and the California Vehicle Code. Violators may receive citations. Parking permits are not valid unless displayed on the vehicle in the proper manner during the time the vehicle is parked on campus.

Permit Placement:

The permit must be attached to the inside of the vehicle's front windshield, lower left corner, driver's side . (Some permits may also hang from the rearview mirror, facing outward.) It must be visible for inspection from outside the vehicle. The permit should not be in an area of window tinting or obstructed from full view, in any way. Permits are not valid unless displayed properly.

Students:

Students are allowed to purchase one parking permit per term. In the case of a lost or stolen permit, the student should notify College Safety, as soon as possible. The student will then have the option to purchase a subsequent permit at original price. The original lost or stolen permit will be revoked, the newly purchased permit will be reassigned, and students will be required to complete the Reassigned Parking Permit Agreement . Permits should not be shared with other persons.

Student parking permit costs are as follows:

  • Fall or Spring Standard Student: $40
  • Summer Standard Student: $30
  • Financial Aid Student (any term): $30

Staff:

Staff are allowed a maximum of two parking permits. In the case of a lost or stolen permit, the staff member should notify College Safety, as soon as possible. The staff member will then have the option to obtain a subsequent permit (up to the maximum number allowed). The original lost or stolen permit will be revoked, a new permit will be reassigned, and the staff member will be required to complete the Reassigned Parking Permit Agreement. Permits should not be shared with other persons.

Designated Parking Zones

Please refer to the Bakersfield College campus map for parking locations.

Student Parking:

On the Panorama (main) campus, student parking is available in P3, P6, P7, P8, and P16.

Permit Dispensers:

Daily parking permits are available in the 4 parking lots (P1, P3, P7, and P8) and may be obtained by debit/credit card or with cash (in exact change). A day-pass parking permit is $5 and is valid for the date of purchase, only.

Visitor & Guest Timed Parking:

For a maximum timed period of 45 minutes, visitors can park in the visitor parking lot P1 or in parking stalls off the Haley Street entrance road (Admin Way) leading to the Administration Building. Timed visitor parking is available for visitors and guests, only. Bakersfield College staff and students shall not park in the designated visitor parking areas.

Child Development Center (CDC) Parking:

For a maximum timed period of 20 minutes , CDC visitors (parents and guardians of children) can park in the parking stalls directly in front of the CDC building (east side). This is not available as standard visitor or guest parking. A valid permit is required to park in this drop-off/pick-up parking area. CDC parking permits must be obtained by the CDC staff.

Temporary & Special Parking:

Temporary or other special parking requests should be made and coordinated with College Safety.

Staff Parking:

Staff permits are required for parking in all staff parking lots, P2, P4, P5, P9, P11, P12, P15, etc. A current staff parking permit shall be displayed at all times on vehicles parked in designated staff parking lots on any Bakersfield College campus. Staff permits may only be used by the employee and should not be shared with others.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Zones:

The main Panorama campus has designated Pick-Up & Drop-Off zones in three locations. These areas are designated for loading and unloading, only. Pick-Up & Drop-Off zones are 15-minute timed zones.

  • Admin Way (along the Haley Street entrance), from the entrance to the stop sign. (The circle in front of the Administration Building is a red zone, NOT a Pick-Up & Drop-Off zone.)
  • The circular area directly in front of the Outdoor Theater, to the east of P3.
  • Red & White Way (entrance from Mt. Vernon Avenue, across from Valley Strong Credit Union), from the entrance to the circle. (Vehicles are not allowed to park within the circle.)

You must adhere to all marked red fire lanes and other posted signage and placards in these areas.

Disabled Person Parking

Bakersfield College is committed to suitable parking for those with Disabled Person Placards or Disabled Person License Plates. These placards and license plates are issued by the State of California. See the California Department of Motor Vehicles Disabled Person Parking Placards and License Plates page.

Disabled Person Parking is available in every Bakersfield College campus parking lot, except P9 on the main Panorama campus. Spaces are marked in blue with the signage of the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol).

Any person displaying a valid Disabled Person Placard or Disabled Person License Plate may park in Disabled Person Parking spaces without a Bakersfield College parking permit. If all Disabled Person Parking stalls are full, you may park in any student or staff parking lot by displaying both a valid Bakersfield College parking permit and a valid Disabled Person Placard or Disabled Person License Plate.

Misuse of Disabled Person Placards or Disabled Person License Plates may result in parking citations (with substantial fines), administrative disciplinary action, and/or seizure of misused placard/license plate, as defined by the California Vehicle Code.

Here are some important sections of the California Vehicle Code related to disabled person parking.

State of California Vehicle Code, 22511.5

(a) (1) A disabled person or disabled veteran displaying special license plates issued under Section 5007 or a distinguishing placard issued under Section 22511.55 or 22511.59 is allowed to park for unlimited periods in any of the following zones:

(A) In any restricted zone described in paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 21458 or on streets upon which preferential parking privileges and height limits have been given pursuant to Section 22507.

(B) In any parking zone that is restricted as to the length of time parking is permitted as indicated by a sign erected pursuant to a local ordinance.

(2) A disabled person or disabled veteran is allowed to park in any metered parking space without being required to pay parking meter fees.

(3) This subdivision does not apply to a zone for which state law or ordinance absolutely prohibits stopping, parking, or standing of all vehicles, or which the law or ordinance reserves for special types of vehicles, or to the parking of a vehicle that is involved in the operation of a street vending business.

(b) A disabled person or disabled veteran is allowed to park a motor vehicle displaying a special disabled person license plate or placard issued by a foreign jurisdiction with the same parking privileges authorized in this code for any motor vehicle displaying a special license plate or a distinguishing placard issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 478, Sec. 11. (AB 2777) Effective January 1, 2011.)

The complete State of California Vehicle Code can be found on the California Legislative Information webpage.

Parking Violations

Parking violations are set by the State of California and other applicable local, State, and Federal laws. Citations for violations can be issued at any time. Fees for violations can be costly, so it is a good idea to keep yourself informed of these rules, regulations, and laws. Bakersfield College follows the California Vehicle Code and Penal Code to set fees for violations.

Below is a partial list of fines that are associated with parking violations and are subject to change at any time.

Violation Fine
Permit Not Displayed $35.00
Disabled Person Parking Placard or Disabled Person License Plate Not Displayed $275.00
Parked Over Zone Time Limit $35.00
Parked In Red Zone $35.00

Below is some information from the California Vehicle Code that references the procedures on parking violations.

State of California Vehicle Code, 40202

(a) If a vehicle is unattended during the time of the violation, the peace officer or person authorized to enforce parking laws and regulations shall securely attach to the vehicle a notice of parking violation setting forth the violation, including reference to the section of this code or of the Public Resources Code, the local ordinance, or the federal statute or regulation so violated; the date; the approximate time thereof; the location where the violation occurred; a statement printed on the notice indicating that the date of payment is required to be made not later than 21 calendar days from the date of citation issuance; and the procedure for the registered owner, lessee, or rentee to deposit the parking penalty or, pursuant to Section 40215, contest the citation. The notice of parking violation shall also set forth the vehicle license number and registration expiration date if they are visible, the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield, the color of the vehicle, and, if possible, the make of the vehicle. The notice of parking violation, or copy thereof, shall be considered a record kept in the ordinary course of business of the issuing agency and the processing agency and shall be prima facie evidence of the facts contained therein.

(b) The notice of parking violation shall be served by attaching it to the vehicle either under the windshield wiper or in another conspicuous place upon the vehicle so as to be easily observed by the person in charge of the vehicle upon the return of that person.

(c) Once the issuing officer has prepared the notice of parking violation and has attached it to the vehicle as provided in subdivisions (a) and (b), the officer shall file the notice with the processing agency. Any person, including the issuing officer and any member of the officer’s department or agency, or any peace officer who alters, conceals, modifies, nullifies, or destroys, or causes to be altered, concealed, modified, nullified, or destroyed the face of the remaining original or any copy of a citation that was retained by the officer, for any reason, before it is filed with the processing agency or with a person authorized to receive the deposit of the parking penalty, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(d) If, during the issuance of a notice of parking violation, without regard to whether the vehicle was initially attended or unattended, the vehicle is driven away prior to attaching the notice to the vehicle, the issuing officer shall file the notice with the processing agency. The processing agency shall mail, within 15 calendar days of issuance of the notice of parking violation, a copy of the notice of parking violation or transmit an electronic facsimile of the notice to the registered owner.

(e) If, within 21 days after the notice of parking violation is attached to the vehicle, the issuing officer or the issuing agency determines that, in the interest of justice, the notice of parking violation should be canceled, the issuing agency, pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 40215, shall cancel the notice of parking violation or, if the issuing agency has contracted with a processing agency, shall notify the processing agency to cancel the notice of parking violation pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 40215. The reason for the cancellation shall be set forth in writing.

If, after a copy of the notice of parking violation is attached to the vehicle, the issuing officer determines that there is incorrect data on the notice, including, but not limited to, the date or time, the issuing officer may indicate in writing, on a form attached to the original notice, the necessary correction to allow for the timely entry of the notice on the processing agency’s data system. A copy of the correction shall be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

(f) Under no circumstances shall a personal relationship with any officer, public official, or law enforcement agency be grounds for cancellation.
(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 885, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1999.)

The complete State of California Vehicle Code can be found on the California Legislative Information webpage.

Towing:

Multiple unpaid parking violations may result in the “TOWING” of the vehicle. If this occurs, all outstanding violations must be paid (including towing and storage costs) before the vehicle will be released. Towed vehicles will only be released to the owner of the vehicle. (State of California Vehicle Code, 22651.(i), The complete State of California Vehicle Code can be found on the California Legislative Information webpage.)

Other Parking Rules & Regulations

  • The maximum speed limit on campus roads is 15 miles per hour.
  • The maximum speed limit within the campus interior is 5 miles per hour.
  • No motor vehicle, moped or motor-driven cycle shall be driven, parked, or left standing on any campus walkway or any interior service roadway or lawn without a special permit issued by College Safety.
  • Vehicles illegally parked on the college campus shall be issued citations under sections of the California Vehicle Code .
  • No motor vehicle, motorcycle, moped or motor-driven cycle shall be parked or left standing in front of any gate, driveway, fire lane, or next to a red curb.
  • Motorcycles, mopeds or any motor-driven cycle shall be parked in posted "Motorcycle Parking-Permit Required" zones. (Bicycle racks are for bicycle parking only.)
  • No vehicle is to be parked within 50 feet of any entrance or exit to a campus building in accordance with fire regulations.
  • Vehicles shall be parked in such a manner as not to block the path or progress of any vehicle or
  • pedestrian.
  • No vehicle shall be parked in a manner taking more than one parking space.
  • All vehicles shall be parked with the front of the vehicle toward the front or top of the parking space.
  • No driver or person shall throw, or allow to be thrown, any substances from a stopped or moving vehicle while upon or within the campus area.

It is our hope that making you aware of campus parking rules and regulations will help you avoid receiving a parking violation citation. If you receive a parking violation citation on campus, please refer to the complete State of California Vehicle Code found on the California Legislative Information webpage.

Bakersfield College Parking Rules & Regulations are subject to change at any time. You may receive a copy of this agreement from College Safety. Special parking requests or parking issues should be brought to the attention of College Safety immediately. They are located in Levinson Hall on the Panorama (main) campus or can be contacted by phone at (661) 395-4554 or by email at collegesafety@bakersfieldcollege.edu.