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Media parking placard policy

Parking placards give you the ability to park in “Commercial Only” spaces in the City of Boston.

The Transportation Department has the right to deny any request. We can also revoke an issued placard if we feel it’s being misused.

Still have questions? Contact:
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026

Using the placard

Keep in mind

You can only use your parking placard for official business. You must place it on the rear bumper, next to your license plate. You CAN NOT:

  • park in the same spot for more than two hours
  • reproduce or recreate your placard, or
  • alter the placard in any way.

The Transportation Department can only issue placards. If you lose your placard, we have the right not to issue you one again.

When you can use the placard

The parking placard allows you to park in “Commercial Only” spaces. You also can only use your placard from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you receive a violation outside of these hours, will be the responsibility of the placard holder.

Issuing placards

Your parking placard expires a year from the date we issued it. DO NOT use an expired placard. If your placard is almost expired, you can get it renewed at the Transportation Department in Room 721 at Boston City Hall.

Registration numbers

Your vehicle’s registration needs to match your parking placard. You can’t transfer your placard to another vehicle. If you get a new registration number, you need to reapply for a new placard.


Were you issued a violation while using your placard? Please complete and sign a violation affidavit.

Remember to include any information that will help with the appeal process. This includes pictures, maps, and documents. We will return your form if it’s incomplete. Please give your affidavit, along with your violation ticket, to the Transportation Department’s director of community affairs.

Affidavit timeline

We must receive your affidavit within 21 days of you being issued the violation. After the 21 days, you’ll need to handle the violation outside of this program through the Parking Clerk’s Office.

If you were using a different vehicle on the day of the violation, note this in the affidavit. Please also include the reason you couldn’t use your normal vehicle.

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