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Moving

Last updated 8/11/16

Moving is a challenge no matter where you live. Before you even pack a box, let us help you plan your moving day in Boston.

What to know

BE PREPARED
Moving Day
  • You can’t drive moving trucks on Storrow Drive due to low clearance.
  • To help alleviate traffic on September 1, we close several streets and parking is restricted.
  • If someone takes the parking spot you reserved for your moving van, call the Boston Police Department at 617-343-4911.
  • Check how to get rid of your old couch, TV, moving boxes, and more with our household waste lookup.
Choosing a mover

Moving Day parking permits

Contact: Public Works
DO I NEED A MOVING DAY PARKING PERMIT?

Yes, if you plan to use a moving truck or a van, we recommend getting the one-day (7 a.m.- 5 p.m.) permit. It’s a courtesy to your new neighbors, you avoid parking tickets, and you're guaranteed a parking spot.

Get a permit

APPLICATION AND FEES

The typical fee is $80 to $120. You can pay by check, money order, or a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover debit or credit card. To apply in person, visit Public Works in Room 721 at City Hall, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Picking up trash in Boston

Get rid of trash

Contact: Public Works

Be sure to dispose of your waste properly in your new neighborhood.

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR OLD FUTON

Look up your item to figure out if it can be recycled, trashed, or needs a special, free pick-up by the City. Proper trash disposal eliminates waste on the streets, keeps sidewalks clear, and decreases pests.

RECYCLING AND TRASH lookup

CONSIDER DONATING

Several Greater Boston organizations arrange a free pickup of your good-condition furniture or goods, including:

Rental unit requirements

Rental requirements
What does a rental need to have?

When a new tenant moves in, rental units must meet certain minimum requirements. If your home falls short, we can help.

Learn more

Safe

A rental must include heat, adequate exits, and toilets. The unit can’t have any defects that could harm renters, like fire hazards and other dangers.

CLEAN AND SANITARY

A rental must be free of garbage and other waste.

Ownership information

If the property owner doesn’t live in the building, they need to make their contact information visible.

DETECTORS

Property owners must maintain functioning carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Your new neighborhood

Your new neighborhood

Our tools will help you get to know your new Boston neighborhood.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Enter your property address to get detailed information about your community, such as the nearest library or community center. You can even find out what day we pick up your trash or where to vote.

Find your neighborhood

GET THE DATA ON YOUR BLOCK

Explore your neighborhood using the latest census data available.

NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATORS

These neighborhood contacts work to make sure you have access to the City's services. They can also connect you to the Mayor's office.