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How to apply for a parking freeze permit

How to apply for a parking freeze permit

Whether you apply for a new or modified parking freeze permit, it’s the same process:

Last updated: 8/8/17
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Who needs to apply

Please note

Right now, we only have information on how to apply for a South Boston parking freeze permit. We'll have more information about how to apply for a Downtown Boston permit in the near future.


There are three zones covered by the South Boston Parking Freeze area:

You MUST apply for a permit through the Air Pollution Control Commission if:

  • you want to increase the number of non-residential spaces on a property in the Piers zone or Commercial and Industrial zone
  • you want to create non-residential off-street parking in the Piers zone or the Commercial and Industrial zone
  • you want to change the location of the entrance or exit, or
  • you want to change the layout of parking spaces.

If the ratio of parking to housing units is one to one (1:1) or less, you do not need to get a permit. If the ratio is more than that amount, you'll need to apply for a permit.

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Who doesn't need to apply

You do NOT need to apply for a South Boston parking freeze permit if:

  • you want to create new commercial parking spaces in the residential zone, and the spaces are for a business in that zone.

You can call the commission at 617-635-3850 if you're still unsure.

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1

Fill out your application

There are two ways for you to fill out an application:

Below are some key terms you’ll come across when completing your application:

Written Proof
You must be the owner or owner's agent for the land. You'll need to give us written proof of ownership. We'll accept:

  • a copy of last year's bill from the Assessing Department
  • a statement from the owner, or
  • another written document proving ownership or authorization.

Parcel ID
We need the Parcel ID number assigned to the land by the Assessing Department. You can find this number on your most recent property tax return or on the Assessing Department's tax parcel viewer.

Appendix A
This “Statement of Need” tells us about why you need the parking spots and how they will serve your patrons.

  • Please give us a general description of the facility and parking needs. Please include any supporting items you might have, like letters from neighborhood associations or local businesses.
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2

Get your documents together

Before you submit your application, make sure you have the following:

  • Your completed application. If a section of the application doesn't apply, be sure to write “N/A.” If you chose to complete a downloaded application, the preferred method of submission for your application is through an email to haidee.janak@boston.gov and APCC@boston.gov.
  • Written proof of ownership or authorization and written proof that supports Appendix A of the application, as described in step 1.
  • A site plan for the proposed facility and a locus map, showing the location of the proposed parking and the general area.
  • A check or money order made payable to the City of Boston, Air Pollution Control Commission. The fee is $10 per parking space. Application and renewal fees only currently apply to locations within the South Boston Parking Freeze Zones.
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3

Submit your application

If you chose the online option, you can just submit everything online. If you downloaded a print application, you can email your application and documents to haidee.janak@boston.gov and APCC@boston.gov. You can come to City Hall or mail your payment to our office.

If you don't want to use email, you can come to City Hall or mail your application, documents, and payment to:

Air Pollution Control Commission, Environment Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 709
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please keep in mind:

You'll need to give us, at most, six paper copies of your application at least two weeks before your hearing date. We give these applications to commissioners at your hearing. Do not deliver them to us too far in advance in case there are any changes. You can bring in or mail these applications to the address above.

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We'll get in touch

If you filed a new or modified application, you'll need to go to a public hearing with the Air Pollution Control Commission. Once we get your application, you will receive a confirmation email and we'll let you know the date of your hearing. You will also receive a hearing timeline and Joint Staff Report template to complete:

  • If you filed at least 60 days before the next hearing date, you will attend that one. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until the following public hearing.
  • You'll need to publish a public notice in a major or local newspaper, or both, 28-35 days before your hearing date.
  • You'll need to notify any abutters of your proposed parking changes 21-28 days before your hearing date. An abutter is the owner of a property within 300 feet of the proposed parking facility, and must be notified. You can contact the City's Assessing Department or use the City's Abutter Map to obtain a list of abutters. 
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2

Get ready for the hearing

Please keep in mind:

You'll need to give us, at most, six paper copies of your application at least two weeks before your hearing date. We give these applications to commissioners at your hearing. Do not deliver them to us too far in advance in case there are any changes. You can bring in or mail these applications to the address below:

Air Pollution Control Commission, Environment Department
1 City Hall Square, Room 709
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Step
3

Attend a Hearing

The Air Pollution Control Commission holds hearings on a quarterly basis. We will post hearing information on our commission page. Detailed hearing information will appear on the City's public notices page.

Payment Info:
VIOLATIONS AND FEES
  • If you don’t follow the Parking Freeze regulations, or violate the terms of your permit, you may get a violation and fine.
  • We consider each day that you violate the permit or regulations a separate violation.
Contact:
Environment
1 City Hall Square
Room 709
Boston, MA 02201-2031
United States