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How to reserve a parking spot for your moving truck

How to reserve a parking spot for your moving truck

A permit for your moving truck is not required by the City of Boston, but it guarantees you a parking spot to avoid parking tickets. You have two options:

Last updated: 8/18/17
Step
1

Before you apply online

A standard moving permit reserves two parking spaces for one day from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can only apply online if your moving date is at least two weeks away, and no more than a month away. Otherwise, you must come in person at least three days before your move.

Keep in mind:

You or someone you know needs to post signs on the street at least 48 hours before the start time of your permit (7 a.m.). We recommend posting these signs three days before your move.

The street space you want to reserve needs to be an actual parking spot. The spot can be residential, commercial, metered, or something else, but it must be legal to park a vehicle there.

Please note:
  • If you want a permit in the North End from June 1 - August 31, you can't apply online. Please call Patricia Papa, Special Events Liaison, at 617-828-2509.
  • You must come in person for permits for overnight storage or moving containers.
Step
2

Apply online

A one-day permit for a moving truck for two non-metered spaces costs $69 and includes two signs. One-day permits for two metered spaces cost an additional $40. A full breakdown of prices and fees is below.

    You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or a debit card.

     Apply for a one-day permit

    Timeline

    After your application is submitted and approved, we will mail you your permit through the US Postal Service. We mail the permit to the address you provide when you create your account. Please note: this address may be different than your billing address, or the permitted address.

    You should receive your permit within 10 days of it being approved.

    Step
    3

    Post your signs

    You or someone you know needs to post signs on the street at least 48 hours before the start time of the permit (7 a.m.). We recommend posting these signs three days before your move.

    We also give you a flyer to alert your neighbors. Please make copies and place them in doorways and on cars within a half-block of the parking spaces you are using. You need to do this every day for at least two days before your move. If the spaces are metered, you only need to flyer one day before your move.

    Make sure to clean up any debris left behind and remove any signs or flyers after your move. If you have questions about your application, please email movingtrucks@boston.gov or call the Office of the Parking Clerk at 617-635-3146.

    Step
    1

    Before you apply in person

    A standard moving permit reserves two parking spaces for one day from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.  If your moving day is at least two weeks away, but no more than a month away, you can apply online. Otherwise, you must come in person at least three days before your move.

    Curious if the space you want is available? You can search our database of Street Occupancy Permits before coming to City Hall.

    Look up a location

    Please note:

    You must come in person for permits for overnight storage or moving containers.

    Step
    2

    Apply for and pick up your permit

    Get traffic approval

    You need to bring your information to the Transportation Department in Room 721 at Boston City Hall for traffic approval. The street space you want to reserve must be an actual parking spot. This spot can be residential, commercial, metered, or something else, as long as it is legal to park a vehicle there. To get approval, you need to tell us:

    • the date of your move
    • the address you will park in front of, and
    • if there is metered parking.
    Pick up your permit and signs

    After you get approval from the Transportation Department, bring your receipt and payment to Public Works in Room 715 at City Hall.

    A one-day permit for a moving truck for two non-metered spaces costs $69 and includes two signs. One-day permits for two metered spaces cost an additional $40. A full breakdown of prices and fees is below.

      You can pay with cash, a check (with a valid photo ID), money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or a debit card.

      Step
      3

      Post your signs

      You or someone you know needs to post signs on the street at least 48 hours before the start time of the permit (7 a.m.). We recommend posting these signs three days before your move.

      We also give you a flyer to alert your neighbors. Please make copies and place them in doorways and on cars within a half-block of the parking spaces you are using. You need to do this every day for at least two days before your move. If the spaces are metered, you only need to flyer one day before your move.

      Make sure to clean up any debris left behind and remove any signs or flyers after your move. If you have any questions, please call Public Works at 617-635-4911.

      Need to Know:
      September 1 moving permits
      • The last day to apply online for a September 1 moving permit is August 18.
      • The last day to apply in person for a September 1 moving permit is August 29.
      • If you're applying in person, we encourage you to come well ahead of the deadline to avoid long lines at City Hall. Applying early helps your chance of getting a good space. We issue moving permits on a first-come, first-served basis.

      Student move-in 2017

      We have information on parking and traffic restrictions in the City.

      Student move-in information

      Keep in mind

      How the fee system works

      A one-day permit for a moving truck that needs two metered spaces would be about $110. Here’s how the money breaks down:

      • Base fee: $50
      • $1 per square foot per month fee: $11 (40 feet x 8 feet x one day)
      • Signs: $8 for two signs at $4 a sign
      • Metered spaces: $40 for taking up two metered spaces at $20 a meter.
      Getting a car towed

      If a car is parked at your reserved spot, call the Boston police at 617-343-4911. Let them know it’s not an emergency and give them the plate number. If the police can’t reach the car owner, they will arrange for a tow.

      Street Occupancy Permit Lookup

      For questions about traffic approval, scheduling, parking meters, or signage, contact Transportation at 617-635-4675.