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Last updated: 10/24/19

Resident Parking permits

The program gives Boston residents preferential access to on-street parking spaces in City neighborhoods.

“Resident Parking Only” parking restrictions are in place on multiple streets in most neighborhoods of Boston. The program prevents long-term parking by non-residents on residential streets.

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About the program

When you need a permit

Resident parking restrictions apply to all vehicles not registered in the neighborhood. These include:

  • vehicles that belong to friends and family of local residents, and
  • vehicles owned by residents, but registered to an address outside of the neighborhood. 

A small number of “Visitor Parking” spaces with short-term time limits exist. But, the vast majority of parking spaces are reserved for residents.

For streets with restrictions, you can only park when the restrictions are active if you have a valid Resident Parking Permit. Each sign will have the neighborhood across the top. Any vehicle parked must have a valid Resident Parking Permit for the same neighborhood. If you park on the street without a valid permit, we will ticket you.

For Example:

Let’s say you see a sign that says, “Resident Permit Parking, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. to Fri.” That means that, Monday through Friday, only vehicles with a valid permit can park between the hours of 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Signs that do not have time restrictions mean they are in effect all day and night. Signs that do not have day restrictions mean they are in effect seven days a week.

VISITOR PARKING

All areas with “Resident Parking Only” restrictions also have visitor parking spaces. There are two types of visitor parking:

  1. Two Hour Limit: You can only park for two hours during specific hours. There is no parking limit before or after the times posted on the sign. Restrictions apply to both visitor cars and vehicles displaying resident permits.
  2. Two Hour Limit Except Resident Sticker: You can only parking for two hours during specific hours. There is no parking limit before or after the times posted on the sign. This restriction does not apply to if you have a valid Resident Parking Permit.

Business vehicles meeting our commercial vehicle criteria can park in “Resident Parking” or “Visitor Parking” zones. But, they must be performing legitimate work in a local building for a limited time.

Keep in mind:
  • There is no charge for Resident Parking permits.
  • 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.
  • New college students face the same requirements as new residents.

Proof of Boston residency

To get a resident parking permit, you'll need to prove you're a Boston resident. 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.

BRING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
  • a gas, electric, or telephone bill
  • a cable television bill
  • a monthly bank statement
  • a mortgage payment
  • a credit card bill
  • a water and sewer bill, or
  • an apartment lease signed by you and the property owner within 30 days of your move-in date.
IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE PAPER BILLS

Do you use paperless billing? The Parking Clerk's Office does not accept screenshots of bills as proof of your Boston residency. Please download and print the PDF version of your bill.