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How to apply for an accessible parking spot

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If eligible, you can apply to have an accessible parking spot on your street. You can apply in a few different ways.

Step
1

Before you get started by mail or fax

You can apply for an accessible spot whether you’re a driver or a passenger. You may be eligible for an accessible parking spot if:

  • you are a full-time, year-round resident of Boston (you can apply whether you rent or own your home)
  • you have a disability that will last at least one year and severely limits your ability to walk
  • you have a valid Disabled License Plate, Disabled Veteran Plate, or a Disabled Parking Placard from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and
  • you have a car registered at your Boston address that you use daily for personal transportation.

You CANNOT get a parking spot if:

  • you have a short-term disability that will last less than a year (you aren’t eligible if your disability doesn’t severely limit your ability to walk)
  • you don’t have a car registered at your Boston address (you can't get a space for “Pick-up and Drop-off” purposes)
  • you already have a driveway, garage, or other off-street parking that you use
  • you owe the City money for outstanding parking tickets or taxes, or
  • there are “No Parking” or “No Stopping” signs posted on your street.
Step
2

Prepare your documents

If you drive your car, even if it’s just some of the time:

  • print out and complete the driver application
  • check the box at the top of the application that says “New”
  • get your application notarized, and
  • have the medical section filled out by your doctor.

If you are only a passenger in the car (you don’t have a license, you never drive, or you you are under the age of 16):

  • print out and complete the passenger application
  • check the box at the top of the application that says “New”
  • get your application notarized, and
  • have the medical section filled out by your doctor.

You also need to give us copies of your:

  • car registration at your Boston address
  • Disabled Parking Placard showing your photo, ID number, and expiration date
  • your Massachusetts driver’s license, and
  • the doctor’s prescription for your mobility device, if you have one. Examples of mobility devices include canes and wheelchairs.

Please make sure all your forms are easy to read and your photos are clear.  Also, please don’t give us X-rays or medical records. You just need the doctor to fill out the medical section of your application.

Step
3

Send your info to Boston City Hall

Accessible Parking Space applications can be submitted by:

  • email
  • fax, or
  • mail

You can email your attached application and documents to disability@boston.gov or fax your application and documents to 617-635-2726.

You can mail your application to our office in City Hall. Mail your completed application and all forms to:

Disabilities Commission
1 City Hall Square, Room 967
Boston, MA 02201

Your application may take up to twelve (12) weeks to process. Once we've made our decision, we'll send you an approval or denial by mail.

Step
1

Before you get started in person

You can apply for an accessible spot whether you’re a driver or a passenger. You may be eligible for an accessible parking spot if:

  • you are a full-time, year-round resident of Boston (you can apply whether you rent or own your home)
  • you have a disability that will last at least one year and severely limits your ability to walk
  • you have a valid Disabled License Plate, Disabled Veteran Plate, or a Disabled Parking Placard from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and
  • you have a car registered at your Boston address that you use daily for personal transportation.

You CANNOT get a parking spot if:

  • you have a short-term disability that will last less than a year (you aren’t eligible if your disability doesn’t severely limit your ability to walk)
  • you don’t have a car registered at your Boston address (you can't get a space for “Pick-up and Drop-off” purposes)
  • you already have a driveway, garage, or other off-street parking that you use
  • you owe the City money for outstanding parking tickets or taxes, or
  • there are “No Parking” or “No Stopping” signs posted on your street.
Step
2

Prepare your documents

If you drive your car, even if it’s just some of the time:

  • print out and complete the driver application
  • check the box at the top of the application that says “New”
  • get your application notarized, and
  • have the medical section filled out by your doctor.

If you are only a passenger in the car (you don’t have a license, you never drive, or you you are under the age of 16):

  • print out and complete the passenger application
  • check the box at the top of the application that says “New”
  • get your application notarized, and
  • have the medical section filled out by your doctor.

You also need to give us copies of your:

  • car registration at your Boston address
  • Disabled Parking Placard showing your photo, ID number, and expiration date
  • your Massachusetts driver’s license, and
  • the doctor’s prescription for your mobility device, if you have one. Examples of mobility devices include canes and wheelchairs.

Please make sure all your forms are easy to read and your photos are clear.  Also, please don’t give us X-rays or medical records. You just need the doctor to fill out the medical section of your application.

Step
3

Give us your application

You can drop off your application and documents at the Disabilities Commission:

1 City Hall Square, Room 967
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5  p.m.

Your application may take up to twelve (12) weeks to process. Once we've made our decision, we'll send you an approval or denial by mail.

Keep in mind

Appealing a denial

You have 60 days to appeal to the Disabilities Commission if we deny your application. Call 617-635-3682 (TTY: 617-635-2541) for more information.

GETTING A DISABLED PLATE OR PLACARD

You need a disability plate or placard to request an accessible parking spot. Learn more about your options.

Contact:
Disabilities Commission
1 City Hall Square
Room 967
Boston, MA 02201-2041
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