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All motor vehicles parked on campus must display a valid Highline College parking permit. Permits are required for both day and night parking. Parking permits are not transferable with the exception of carpool permits.


How to Purchase a Parking Permit:

  • Students

Buying in Person:
You can now apply, pay and receive your parking permit at the Cashiers Office on the first floor of Building 6.
Applications are available outside the Cashier's office.

As of Fall Quarter 2015, students no longer need to bring your hang tag into Building 6 for a permit sticker. After you have paid for the permit at the Cashier's Office, you will immediately recieve a new hang tag to display in your vehicle.

Buying Online (Full-time permits only):

  • Visit the Highline Bookstore website.
  • Click "Parking Permits".
  • Fill out the Your Information section and click Add to Cart.
  • Pay with a credit card (Visa, Mastercard). Note: The $47.00 price includes a $1.00 fee for processing and shipping.
  • Choose to have your permit mailed to your home address or pick it up at the Bookstore (Building 8).


  • Faculty and Staff
    • Parking permit registration occurs at the Human Resources Department and payment of the permit fee is through payroll deduction.
    • Part-time faculty and staff must bring their hang tags to the Public Safety Office when renewing their permits.
  • Carpoolers
    Students who are interested in obtaining a carpool permit will need to visit the Public Safety office on the first floor of Building 6 to apply. Below are the procedures you'll need to follow:
    1. Complete a carpool application which can be found at the Public Safety Office in Building 6 or at this link: Carpool Permit
    2.  Print a copy of each participant's schedule (or a letter from ABE/ ESL). Permit holders' schedules will need to begin and end within an hour of each other.
    3. Bring application and a copy of each participants schedule to the public saftey office for approval.
    4. Once the Carpool Permit is approved, students will be directed to pay at the Cashiers office.
    5. After paying at the Cashiers Office, return to the Public Safety Office and present your reciept to obtain the hang tag.
  • Disabled /Handicapped
    if you have a DISABLED HANDICAP placard you will not need a Highline Parking permit. Your Handicap placard is sufficient for parking on campus.
  • Visitors
    Visitors may park in any space marked “visitor” without permits for 1 hour.
    One-day visitor/guest parking permits may be requested by emailing or visiting the Public Safety Office. If you have obtained a visitor pass, but cannot find parking in the designated visitor section, you may park in any available space in the student parking lots.

Student Parking Permit Fees

Per quarter

Part-time students (registered for 0-5 credits)


Full-time students ( registered for 6 or more credits)


Motorcycles, motor bikes, scooters


First carpool permit (limit 1)


Senior citizens (registering under tuition waiver)


Special rates (summer quarter)


Additional/replacement/second car permits (limit 1)


Part-Time/Hourly Faculty and Staff


Full-Time Faculty and Staff


Reserved Parking




For additional information stop by the Highline Public Safety office located on the lower level of Building 6  (see campus map) or call (206) 592-3218.

General Regulations

Washington State law gives the Board of Trustees of Highline Community College District 9 the authority to make rules and regulations for pedestrian and vehicular traffic on property owned, operated, or maintained by the college district. Chapter 132I-116 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) explains the Colleges' traffic and parking regulations; and it is the responsibility of every parking permit holder to be familiar with them.

Examples of traffic and parking regulations include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Parking permits must be easily visible to parking enforcement officers.
  • Vehicles can be parked only in designated parking areas. These areas are marked by curbing, white lines, and/or signs.
  • Parking on or over a line is a violation.
  • Parking in an unmarked or an otherwise unidentified area is not allowed.
  • No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle in a way that obstructs traffic along or upon any street or walkway.
  • No vehicle shall be parked any place where official signs prohibit parking, within (10) feet of a fire hydrant or anywhere in a fire lane, or within (20) feet of a "No Parking" sign.

If you violate any of the traffic and parking regulations, you may be cited and required to pay a fine. Students who have unpaid fines may have a “block” placed on their records that prevents enrollment, access to transcripts, and other limitations on a student’s transaction with the College. Faculty, staff, and others who are not students at the College and who have unpaid fines may have their fines referred to a collection agency.

Available Parking

Students, staff, and faculty with parking permits may park on campus to the extent that spaces are available as follows: (See map at bottom)

  • Student parking is limited to areas designated for students with a valid "HC/CWU student" parking permit.
  • Carpool parking is limited to spaces designated for carpools with a valid "CARPOOL" parking permit.
  • Staff/Faculty daytime parking is limited to areas designated for staff/faculty parking.
  • Parking after 4:00 P.M. is on a first-come, first-served basis in the East, South and North parking areas, with the exception of disabled, carpool and visitor parking.
  • Disabled parking stalls are available throughout the campus and can be utilized only by vehicles displaying valid "STATE DISABLED" permit or "DISABLED PLATE". Vehicles with a valid "STATE DISABLED" decal or plate can also park in any available stalls, including "STAFF/FACULTY, CARPOOL, and VISITOR" parking, and do not require a HC parking permit.

Operator's Responsibility

The person to whom a permit is issued is responsible for all violations of the Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations involving the vehicle for which it is registered at the College or to which it is affixed.

Citation Appeals

How to Appeal a Citation

Pubic Safety Officers and other parking enforcement staff issue citations for traffic and parking violations. The fine for parking and traffic citations is $58 per violation with the exception of parking in a disabled parking space for which the fine is $250 per citation. If you receive a citation you must pay the fine within 20 days or you may appeal the citation. The penalties for violations are listed in WAC 132I-116-270.

All appeals are filed online. The form can be found at the Public Safety website.

Instructions for Parking Appeals

  1. Go to
  2. Open the Parking Citation Appeal form and save it to your desktop.
  3. Fill out the Parking Citation Appeal form completely and save.
  4. Email the completed form to Once the form is received please allow for 3-10 days for a response.

The following are not sufficient grounds for a citation appeal:

  • Lost citation
  • Absentmindedness
  • Forgot to display your parking permit where it can be seen
  • Failure to see the sign or pavement markings
  • Giving incorrect or invalid information, e.g., wrong license plate or parking permit number
  • Parking for “just a minute” without the correct permit or in a place where parking is prohibited

Designated Parking Areas:


Parking Information
Parking Permit Form
Print and fill out the form then turn it in at the Building 6 cashier.

The Highline Public Safety office is located on the lower level of Building 6 (see campus map) or call (206) 592-3218.

Map of designated parking areas (PDF)

Related resources

  WSDOT Traffic Cameras