All vehicles are required to have a parking permit. Visitors to campus may purchase a daily permit from one of the machines on campus.

Students parking on the Palm Desert campus must purchase and properly display a College of the Desert parking permit. Permits may be purchased online or over the counter at the Bursar’s office located on the first floor of Cravens Student Services Center. Vehicles not properly displaying a parking permit will be cited. Motorcycles and motorbikes are required to park in designated areas. Parking regulations may be found online or obtained from the Bursar’s Office. For more information, please call (760) 341-2111.

Citations are issued by the Public Safety Department and may be paid at the Bursar’s office. To dispute a citation, Citation Contest Forms are available at the Bursar’s Office, the Public Safety Department office located in South Annex, or online. Completed forms should be returned to the Bursar’s Office or submitted online.

Effective July 1, 2018:  AB503 states that an individual has the option of making payments to their parking citation(s). The registered owner of the vehicle receiving the parking citation must show that he/she is indigent and in need of a payment plan.  The individual will need to pay by the 1st of each month, as little as $10 per month but must have the citation paid within 6 months of beginning the payment plan. There will be a $5 fee to begin any payment plan for a parking citation. If you have any questions or would like to request a payment plan, please contact the Public Safety Department at: (760) 341-2111.

Parking lots are conveniently located throughout the campus. Red, yellow, and blue curb markings, all no-parking signs, and emergency parking zones are to be observed at all times. Parking on or in front of ramps is forbidden. Restricted parking is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. 

Parking for individuals with disabilities must be observed at all times. Disabled Parking Placards may be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles and must be displayed when parking in designated areas. 


The College assumes no liability for vehicles parked on campus. If you receive a a parking citation you can appeal it. On the back of each citation is information on how to contest the citation. If you do decide to contest the citation, keep in mind the following:

  • DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. You have 21 calendar days from the day the citation was issued to request an initial administrative review.

  • If you do not begin the initial review within 21 days, you have forfeited your right to appeal the citation at any level.

  • Once you request and/or submit appeal forms, it is your responsibility to find out if they were sent to you or received by us.

  • If you request appellate paperwork over the phone and do not receive it, you must call back by the 21st day.

Contact the Public Safety Department at (760) 341-2111 for more information.

The appellate process that the District follows is set by the State of California. Therefore, time frames and deadline dates cannot and will not be extended, nor can any District personnel waive or modify this process.