Parking Information

Visitor Parking

Visitor parking is available in Lot 2 between the Cravens Student Services Center and the South Annex. Visitor parking is for 30 minutes only. Any vehicles parked in Visitor parking spots will be cited after 30 minutes.

Parking Permits

Semester Permits

Parking Permits for the Fall and Spring Semesters are now included in the cost of your Tuition through the Transportation Fee. All vehicles are required to display a Parking Permit, including motorcycles and vehicles displaying a handicap placard. There is no charge for parking in student lots during the summer or winter intercessions. Staff/Faculty parking lots always require a parking permit.

Daily Permits

$1.00 and may be purchased at the permit dispenser in Lot 4, Lot 28 (South and Middle), Lot 23 (near Ag Science) or Lot 14(Softball field). Place permit with date side up on the top of your dashboard, just in front of your steering wheel. Daily permits are valid in any student lot.

Proper Display


  1. Permits Must Be Properly Displayed or you will be cited.

  2. Permit sticker must be adhered to lower right corner of the FRONT windshield on the passenger side. (Lying on the dashboard is not properly displayed and could result in a citation.)

  3. On a valid hanger suspended from the rear view mirror with the sticker easily visible and facing forward. Hanger is available at the Bursar's Counter for $1.

Permits are numbered and registered when sold.

Do not purchase permits from any other source!

If you are approached by an individual wishing to sell a permit, contact Public Safety Department at (760)341-2111 (or 2111 from any campus ext.).

The permit may be reported as Lost, Stolen or Counterfeit.

It is a felony to possess lost, stolen or counterfeit permits.


Motorcycles may park in any designated motorcycle parking space and are required to display a valid parking permit while parking on campus.

  1. Permits must be properly displayed or you will be cited.

  2. Permit sticker must be adhered in one of the three places:

    • the right lower area of the windshield on the street side (not facing the driver)

    • the right front fork leg facing upward and easily visible upon inspection

    • an after market inspection plate

Library Parking

For COD students is available in Lot 7 only.

COD students may not use the Public Library Lot at any time for any reason.

COD students must purchase a semester permit or a day permit and park in a student lot even if they are using the Public Library.

Disabled Persons Spaces

College of the Desert has several Disabled Person parking areas which are marked with the traditional blue sign and symbol.

Proper Display for Disabled Persons Vehicle

  1. Vehicle Must Properly Display a California DMV issued handicapped placard or license plate.

  2. Vehicle is required to display a​ valid COD parking permit regardless if the vehicle is parked in a designated or regular parking space.

  3. Vehicle may park in any space not designated for special parking i.e.: carpool parking; staff parking; etc.

  4. Handicapped space is designated by blue borders. The placard owner must be present in the vehicle when you park.

Disabled parking spaces are strictly enforced at COD.

  • DP plate numbers and DP Placard serial numbers can be computer checked to obtain the name, sex, and birth date of the placard’s legitimate holder.

  • The DMV issues a placard identification card with the placard and must be carried by the placard owner and shown to security officers upon request.

  • The citation fee for parking illegally in a Handicapped Space is $275.

    A person using a DP placard or plate illegally is also subject to misdemeanor arrest, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and/or six months in jail. (4461, 22507 CVC)

Parking Citations

Any car which is parked in violation of the College of the Desert parking regulations may be issued a parking citation.

Parking citations are issued in accordance with Section 23113 of the California Vehicle Code.

By California law, the registered owner of a vehicle is liable for all citations issued to that vehicle.

To Pay By Mail

  • Place check/money order payable to College of the Desert in the envelope to:

    College of the Desert
    c/o Parking Citation Service Center
    PO Box 11923
    Santa Ana, CA 92711

To Pay In Person

Bring citation with cash, credit, check/money order to the Bursar's Counter. (Check office hours 760-568-7510.)


  1. Payments not made within 21 days are subject to additional $30 penalty for each violation.
  2. The total citation fee will be forwarded to the Department of Motor Vehicles to REFUSE REGISTRATION of the vehicle until all penalties are paid (4760 CVC).

For more information please call 1-866-353-5867 or visit


You may request an Administrative Review of a citation within 21 days of the issue date (40215 CVC).

After 21 days, citation may not be contested and must be paid.

  1. Fill out the Contest of Parking Violation form.

  2. Indicate why the vehicle was not in violation.

  3. Include copies of any documentation to support your claim (documents will not be returned).

  4. Include your citation or reminder notice.

    Mail all information to:

    College of the Desert
    Public Safety Department
    South Annex 16
    43500 Monterey Avenue
    Palm Desert, CA 92260-2499

  5. Fine is placed on hold until a decision is made. Review results will be mailed.

The following are NOT valid reasons to contest a citation

  • My permit fell down.

  • My permit was lying on the seat.

  • I was only parked there a few minutes.

  • I drove a different car.

  • Someone else was driving my car.

  • I didn’t see the signs.

  • I couldn’t find another place to park.

  • My teacher said I could park there.

  • Student parked in Public Parking to go to Public Library.