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Last updated: 1/16/19

Common permits and applications

If you need a permit to take up public space or dig up public roadways, you need to go through the Permit Division of Public Works.


In most cases, you’ll have to give your paperwork to the Transportation Department, located in Room 721 at Boston City Hall. After they approve your plans, they give us the paperwork and we collect fees and issue the permit.

The Permit Division is located in Room 715 at Boston City Hall. For payments, we take cash, a check (with a valid photo ID), money order, credit, or debit card.

Still have questions? Contact:
Public Works
1 City Hall Square
Room 714
Boston, MA 02201-2024
United States