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Parking at IVC: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

The Parking FAQ's are below. If you cannot find the information you need, please call (949) 451-5200 or stop by the Parking Services Office in CP100 building located near Lot # 8 and the Baseball Field. We're here to help you understand the rules that you will have to follow if you choose to bring a motorized vehicle to campus. Complete copies of the District's Traffic & Parking Regulations are available at the Irvine Valley College Police Department in Building CP 100, or online.

  • Q: I have heard about a GRACE PERIOD during the first two weeks of each semester when I do not have to havea permit on my car. Is this True?
    • ​A: No. There is no grace period at IVC. Parking regulations and state laws are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Q: I have online/distance learning course and my midterm/final is on the IVC campus. Do I still need a permit to park?
    • ​A: Yes. A parking permit is required to be displayed on all vehicles parking in student or staff spaces at the IVC campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Q: I have other parking questions I need answered. When is the Campus Police and Parking Office open?
    • ​A: For non-emergency inquiries or assistance, our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am until 5:00 pm. IF YOU NEED EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE, you can contact Campus Police anytime (24 hours per day) at the following campus telephone numbers:

      EMERGENCIES: (949) 451-5234
      Campus Police Information: (949) 451-5200 during regular office hours.


  • Q: I ride a motorcyle. Do I have to buy a permit?
    • ​A: YES. If you plan to park it on Campus. Motorcycles are restricted to parking within designated spaces set aside for motorcycles.

  • Q: O.K. so I got a parking citation...Now what do I do?
    • ​A: If you get a parking citation you have two options. You MUST do one of the following within 21 days of receiving the citation:

      • Pay the citation by mail using the envelope provided with the citation, online, or in person at the Parking Services Office in CP100.
      • Contest the citation if you believe it was issued in error. You can do this by filing an Initial Administrative Review ONLINE or at CP 100 (IVCPD). This appeal process is in accordance with the California Vehicle Code, section 40215.

  • Q: What are the hours that permits are required?
    • ​A: Permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Irvine Valley College Police Department enforces all California state laws.

  • Q: What happens to a citation that is not paid?
    • ​A: If a citation is not paid or appealed within 21 days from the date it was issued, a "Notice of Delinquent Parking Citation" to place a hold on the vehicle registration is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Failure to respond to this notice results in a hold being placed on the vehicle registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and a late fee will be applied. If you have five or more unpaid citations at any time, vehicle(s) are subject to immobilization and/or impoundment until you pay the citations and all penalties and impound fees in full.

  • Q: What if I lose my parking permit, or what if it is stolen? Will I get a free replacement permit?
    • ​A: NO. Parking permits are your personal property just like books, calculators, and jewelry. To replace a lost permit you will have to purchase another one at the Parking Services Office. As for stolen permits, if you are the victim of a theft you should report the circumstances to Campus Police. If the permit is stolen off-campus, we will need a police report from the jurisdiction in which the theft occurred. Depending on the circumstance of the crime, a stolen permit may be replaced to you free of charge.

  • Q: What if I use a different car or forget to bring my permit?
    • ​A: It is common for students to temporarily change vehicles and, as a result, forget their parking permit. If this happens to you, simply stop by one the four Daily Permit Machines and purchase a day permit.

  • Q: What is PARKED BACKWARDS and why is it enforced?
    • A: Regulation prohibiting a vehicle parked backwards in a stall or regulation requiring that a vehicle is parked heading into a stall means that a vehicle parked in a stall must be facing forward towards the front of the stall and not pointed towards the aisle or lane. The position of the vehicle in the stall is what determines if a vehicle is parked backwards, not how the vehicle entered the stall, either by backing in or pulling through to the next stall. It is a common regulation in cities and colleges across the United States, and is regulated by local authority. This regulation exists at every community college in Orange County. At IVC it can be found in Administrative Regulation 3450, Section 412. Warnings for this violation are printed on daily permits and printed on the flier that accompanies semester and annual permits. The regulation is posted on signs at each entrance to IVC parking lots.


      There are several reasons why this regulation exists and it is enforced.
      • Safety - Parking backwards may seem safer to the driver of a vehicle parked in such a position because of the belief that the driver has greater visibility upon exiting the stall. This may or may not be true depending on the type of vehicle driven out of the stall and the type of vehicles parked on either side of the vehicle in that stall. However when parked in this position there is no indication to vehicles or pedestrians in the aisle or lane, which have the right of way, that a vehicle parked in this position is about to leave the stall. Reverse lights on vehicles are an international standard and give warning to vehicles or pedestrians of the drivers intent to back out of the stall. Drivers that pull out of stalls tend to drive forward out of the stall at greater speeds than if they were cautiously backing out of the stall. Cities employ this regulation mostly on one way streets with diagonal parking stalls, because the vehicle exiting the stall would be exiting against the flow of traffic on the one way street. Colleges employ this regulation for safety purposes due to the high volume of vehicles and pedestrians in the parking lots.
      • Property - The South Orange County Community College District does not want damage caused to its property or the property of others damaged by drivers backing their vehicles into parking stalls. When backing out of a stall, there is a wide lane or aisle behind the vehicle, allowing ample room for a driver to maneuver their vehicle. When backing into a stall, there are often vehicles parked on either side of the open stall. In many stalls there are also parking blocks or tree planters. Backing vehicles into these positions can be difficult with less room to maneuver and the likelihood of striking another vehicle or object is greater than if the vehicle is driven forward into the stall.
      • Congestion - Parking lot uniformity, all vehicles parking the same way, decreases traffic congestion in the lots. Backing into a stall takes longer than pulling forward into a stall, and can cause backup in the aisles or lanes while other drivers wait for the vehicle to safely back into the stall. Backing out of a stall does not take as long as backing in because there is greater room to maneuver the vehicle.


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