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How to get a resident parking permit

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How to get a resident parking permit

There are a number of options when applying for a permit sticker through the Resident Permit Parking Program.

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You can apply online

Are you able to upload images? Then you can submit your application using the Parking Permit Application Form. We only accept .jpg, .jpeg, .tif,  or .tiff files.

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To apply in person, we need this info

Download, print out, and fill out the Resident Parking Permit Application and bring it with you.

You need to bring a valid Massachusetts registration that shows the car is in your name at your Boston address.

You also need to bring valid proof of your Boston residency. For more information on what valid proof is, check the Need to Know section on this page. New college students face the same requirements as new residents.

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Pick up your permit

Bring your application and your information to the Parking Clerk:

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 224
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Or Visit the City Hall to Go truck (Drop-off only):

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Pay your overdue parking tickets

If you have any overdue parking tickets with the City of Boston, you need to pay them. Here's how to pay your tickets.

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Renew your application online

Fill out and submit the Parking Permit Renewal Form.

You must renew your permit four to six weeks before its expiration. You can’t renew online if your permit has expired.

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New plates, new car, or new neighborhood?

The numbers on your resident permit sticker must match your license plates and the neighborhood where you live. You can’t take your old sticker and put it on a new car.

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Prepare for your City Hall visit

You need a valid Massachusetts car registration that has your correct Boston address and proof of your Boston residency.

  • For more information on what valid proof is, check the Need to Know section on this page.

You also need to remove and bring in your old permit, even if it’s in poor condition. If you don’t have your old permit, contact the Parking Clerk.

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Go to the Parking Clerk

1 City Hall Square
Room 224
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Monday: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
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Before you get started

We only issue rental car permits for a maximum of 30 days.

You can’t use the online system on weekends. If you pick up your rental after 3 p.m., you will have to wait until the next business day to apply online.

You can dispute Resident Parking Only tickets issued after the close of business. You need to show the Parking Clerk current proof of your Boston residency and a copy of your rental agreement. 

  • For more information on what valid proof is, check the Need to Know section on this page.
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If you can fax, you can apply online

Fill out and submit the Resident Parking Rental Permit application online.

Fax a copy of your rental car agreement to the Parking Clerk at this number: 617-635-2104.

  • If you don’t already have a resident permit sticker, you need to fax proof of your Boston residency.
  • If your fax is sent and we approve it before the close of the business day, you will get the permit the same day. Otherwise, you will get your permit on the next business day.

We will email you a link that lets you print your permit and display it in your rental car. The permit should be placed in the right rear window on the passenger side.

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Or you can apply in person

Go to the Office of the Parking Clerk:

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 224
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You need to bring your rental agreement.

If don’t already have a permit sticker, you must bring proof of your Boston residency. For more information on what valid proof is, check the Need to Know section on this page.

A bill that shows proof of your residency needs to have the same name and address as your rental agreement.

Need to Know:
PROOF OF BOSTON RESIDENCY

There are a couple of different options to prove your residency, but whatever you use needs to have your name and Boston address.

If you use a bill, it must be current (postmarked or dated within the last 30 days) and have the same name that appears on your car registration.

You can bring one of the following:

  • a gas, electric, or telephone bill
  • a cable television bill
  • a monthly bank statement (excluding a mortgage)
  • a credit card bill
  • a water and sewer bill, or
  • an apartment lease signed by you and the property owner within the last 30 days.
Want resident parking in your neighborhood?

Learn how to petition for the program.

Contact:
Parking Clerk
617-635-4410
1 City Hall Square
Room 224
Boston, MA 02201-2007
United States

Keep in mind

  • Many of the City’s residential streets are now “Resident Parking Only.” If you live in one of these neighborhoods, you need a permit to avoid getting a ticket.
  • You need to pay all of your overdue parking tickets before applying for or renewing a permit.
  • You need to place the permit sticker in the rear window of your car on the passenger side. If your window is tinted, display your sticker on the side window of the front passenger side.
  • There is no charge for Resident Parking permits.