Parking and Permit Information

Students, staff and faculty must have a valid parking permit to park on campus.

Once you apply, you may pick up your permit at:

  • Campus Public Safety offices at the Downtown or South Campus
  • Downtown A205 by Financial Aid
  • Call 253.680.7111 and arrange a convenient pickup

Apply here for a parking permit.

Once you have your permit, you may park in designated areas on campus. Links to designated parking maps are below. If you are parked in an area not authorized by your permit, you may be cited or have your vehicle impounded.  If you have questions on where to park, please call Campus Public Safety at 680.7111.

Each of our three campuses have some reserved parking for visitors. Please refer to the campus maps below for designated visitor parking.

Bates has entered into partnership with several neighborhood churches around the Downtown Campus in an effort to expand general parking for staff, students and visitors at this campus. The churches have allowed Bates to use their parking lots during the work week. Occasionally, these parking lots are unavailable to us because of church functions or special events, so please be aware of this when parking in these lots.

Get directions to our three campuses.

Parking and Traffic Fees


  • No valid permit displayed: $25
  • Parking in area not authorized by permit: $25
  • *Blocking or obstructing traffic or impeding college operations: $50
  • Parking in reserved staff space without authorization: $50
  • Handicapped parking violation (RCW 46.19.050): $450
  • *Parking adjacent to fire hydrant: $25
  • *Parking in fire lane: $25
  • Parking in zone or area marked “no parking”: $25


  • Speeding: $40-$85
  • Reckless/negligent driving: $40-$100
  • First offense: parking privileges on all campuses revoked

*Fine can be reduced 50 percent if paid within five days of citation issuance.

You can receive a 50 percent reduction on most parking or traffic citation if paid within five (5) working days of the violation date. The reduction is not valid for certain violations and for damage to college property. You can pay a parking or traffic citation by check or money order made payable to Bates Technical College, or in person at the Registration Office, Downtown Campus, Room M210. Please do not send cash through the mail.

Send payment to:
Business & Finance Department
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405

Contesting a Parking or Traffic Citation

To appeal a parking and traffic citation, please submit a written appeal with specific details within five (5) working days of the violation date.

If you submit your appeal more than five (5) working days after the violation date, it will not be considered. All written appeals must be delivered to Raymond Richardson, Campus Public Safety Sergeant or they may be emailed to

If you disagree with the decision of the Campus Public Safety Sergeant, you can appeal that decision to the Director of Safety and Security, Downtown Campus, room A205. The appeal must be in writing and delivered to the Director within five days of the Sergeant’s decision. Decisions made by the Director of Safety and Security on traffic and parking citations will be final.

The following reasons are not generally considered as valid extenuating circumstances for an appeal:

  • Lack of knowledge of the regulations
  • Other vehicles were parked improperly
  • Lack of parking permit
  • Previously received a warning from campus officer for similar offenses
  • No other place to park
  • Late to work, class or appointment
  • Did not see the sign or line markings
  • A note of explanation was left on the windshield.

Send your written appeal here:

Campus Public Safety Sergeant
Campus Public Safety, Room C201
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98405


For vanpool (5-15 persons), arrange your transportation needs with the local transportation system. You can find links to help you do this below. Then, contact Campus Public Safety to register your van and obtain a special college parking permit.

For carpool (2+ persons), arrange your transportation needs with the local transportation system, fellow students, or through Campus Public Safety. Then, contact us to register your car and obtain a special parking permit.

Permit Information
Public Transportation Certified van or carpools are authorized to park in any carpool or vanpool parking space. Vanpools receive priority, and if no car or vanpool space is available, you can park in any lot.

Campus Public Safety must renew vanpool and carpool parking permits within the first two weeks of the quarter.

Reference links for van/carpools: