[Published: Oct. 9, 2020; Updated April 12, 2021]

APRIL 12 UPDATE: In support of the gradual reopening of the main campus, parking enforcement in the Arts and Athletics Zones returned to weekday enforcement as of Monday, April 12, with no enforcement in these zones on evenings and weekends.

  • ‘A,’ ‘C,’ ‘Motorcycle,’ ‘Service Vehicle,’ and ‘E’ parking spaces in the Arts and Athletics Zones is enforced Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Please note that 'C or E' parking spaces at Varsity Lot (L-97) are enforced 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visitor and hourly parking in the Arts and Athletics Zones is enforced Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Parking enforcement in other zones continues to be in effect 24/7.

To support campus health and safety and more effectively manage external visitors, parking enforcement on Stanford’s main campus will be extended to include nights and weekends.

This change primarily affects visitors to the main campus, who will be required to pay for parking 24/7. Stanford affiliates can continue to park after hours at no additional charge, either with an existing permit or by registering their vehicle for a Courtesy ‘After-Hours’ permit. 

Night and weekend parking enforcement will begin on Monday, Nov. 2. In an effort to provide the Stanford community time to navigate this transition, as of Monday, Oct. 12, those who park on evenings and weekends without a permit may begin to receive courtesy notices explaining the change and what they need to do.

Why is this happening?

The extension of enforcement to cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is intended to further manage visits from external visitors at the main campus. California Department of Public Health guidance requires institutions of higher education to “limit, to the greatest extent permitted by law, external community members from entering the site [campus grounds] and using campus resources, as the number of additional people onsite and/or intermixing with students, faculty and staff increases the risk of virus transmission.”

Without longer enforcement hours, the weekend and weeknight hours allow parking to be available to visitors on campus, including in campus zones, where access is currently limited to approved students, faculty, staff, essential deliveries, testing, and maintenance. Since Stanford permit parking is not available to the general public, 24/7 enforcement helps to manage campus access and maintain a safer and healthier academic environment as on-campus teaching and research activities increase.

Expanded parking enforcement also provides a safer way for everyone in the Stanford community to confirm their Stanford affiliation while minimizing face-to-face interactions. Parking is enforced passively, and officers scan license plates to confirm permit status usually without leaving their vehicles.

Does this affect me?

For most members of the campus community, this change does not require action. While everyone who parks after hours must have a permit, Stanford affiliates will be able to park without additional charge after hours. We summarize how this affects the campus community, and we also offer a flow diagram to help you determine whether and how this new policy might affect you.

We are available to assist you

We understand that individuals may have unique circumstances and needs or may need assistance navigating this transition. Please be assured that our staff are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to assist you in English and Spanish.

If you have questions or need assistance, please use the following contacts:

For general COVID-related transportation updates, please visit our Stanford Transportation COVID-19: Featured Topics page. For other COVID-19-related updates for the Stanford community, visit healthalerts.stanford.edu.