What to know
- Most leases turn over in Boston at the beginning of September.
- If you plan to hire a moving company, do your research.
- Tell those who need to know about your new address, like the U.S. Postal Service, the Parking Clerk, and utilities and banks.
- Using a moving van? You can reserve a parking spot. You need to apply at least two weeks ahead of your move.
- The default speed limit in Boston is 25 mph. If you don't see a sign, the speed limit is 25 mph.
- Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
- 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.
Moving Day parking permits
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.
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, you'll need to visit the Transportation and Public Works departments at City Hall. Learn more about the in-person permit process.
Get rid of trash
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.
Rental unit requirementsRental requirements
When a new tenant moves in, rental units must meet certain minimum requirements. If your home falls short, we can help.
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.
A rental must be free of garbage and other waste.
If the property owner doesn’t live in the building, they need to make their contact information visible.
Property owners must maintain functioning carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
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.
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.