Parking on campus can be confusing, especially when there are so many different lots on each campus with limitations of where you can park.
Although it seems complicated at first glance, it is actually much simpler than you think.
The parking permit are one of the more complex things when it comes to parking at Salt Lake Community College. When you buy a permit online, instead of receiving a sticker to place on your windshield, you register your license plate and SLCC Parking Services uses the information to track permits.
However, it hasn’t always been like that. Just a couple of years ago, you had to physically go into the office and fill out paperwork in order to get a permit. This proved to be inefficient and time consuming for both students and staff.
Switching to a more digital approach has proven to be worthwhile.
“The last system was busy and hectic. It required a lot of human work so there was more room for error. This new system alleviates that for the most part,” says Hannah (last name withheld for privacy reasons), a Parking Services employee.
Even from the students’ end, things are easier.
“Students wanted an online system so that they could do it themselves. We are still here if they need help, but this system allows students to get their permits and pay their fees much faster than before,” Hannah says.
Another confusing part of parking are the different types of stalls. For students, all they need to remember is to park in double yellow stalls, while faculty get to park in the blue stalls. Motorcycles just need to be parked in their designated areas.
“I never buy parking permits. Instead, I just occasionally pay off my parking citations. If I knew that getting a permit was so easy, I would’ve done it a long time ago,” says Matt Bennett, a biology major at SLCC.
The biggest tip that Hannah has for new students is to just call.
“We’re happy to help out,” she says. “We understand if you’re new and have never parked on a college campus or dealt with parking permits before.”
The Parking Services website has more information about permits, regulations, and citations. You can also find parking maps. Their office is located at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus and is open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays.