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Rules for the accessible space program

Applying for an accessible parking spot on your street? Learn the rules and regulations first.


If you do get a parking space, other vehicles with a disabled plate or placard are allowed to park there too, including cars from other states.

You still need to follow street cleaning schedules, snow emergencies, and other parking restrictions. You also can’t abandon a car in an accessible parking spot (parking for more than 72 hours).

A driver with a disabled license plate or disabled parking placard can park in an accessible parking spot even if there is a “Residents Only” restriction. However, they still need to get a “Residents Only” permit if they want to park in other spots in the neighborhood. How to get a resident parking permit.


You must renew the accessible parking spot every two years. If you don’t renew your parking spot, we will remove it.

You need to tell us if there is a change in your disability, address, or eligibility. If you are no longer eligible for the spot, we will remove it.


Accessible parking signs are the property of the City. You can’t install or remove signs, or paint the curb or poles to mark off a spot.

If you try to change the signs or paint on the street, or misuse the parking spot in any way, we will immediately remove the signs.

This program isn’t governed by any federal or state laws. It's managed by the Disabilities Commission and the Transportation Department. The Disabilities Commission has the right to approve or deny any applications.

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