Back to top

Reserve a parking spot for your moving truck

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

Last updated: 1/18/19
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 four weeks away.

You can check to see if the space you want is available. Search our database of Street Occupancy Permits before coming to City Hall.

Please note:
  • 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.
  • From August 31 to September 2, some common moving locations are blocked off to allow for moving truck dropoffs. They don't require a permit.
  • If you want a permit in the North End from June 1 - August 31, you must have permission from the City before applying online. Please call the Boston Transportation Department at 617-635-2560.
  • You must come in person for permits for overnight storage or moving containers. You also need to give us a letter of authorization from the company that owns those containers. The company must hold a bond with the City.
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. You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, 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 flier 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 flier one day before your move.

Make sure to clean up any debris left behind and remove any signs or fliers after your move. If you have questions about your application, please email movingtrucks@boston.gov or call the Office of the Parking Clerk at 617-635-2560.

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 three days away, but no more than four weeks away, you can apply in person. You can apply for a permit for up to five days in a row

Do you need a permit for more than five days? After that first five-day period, we require a 48-hour break where the public can use the space again. After that, we are able to issue another permit for up to five days.

Please note:
  • From August 31 to September 2, some common moving locations are blocked off to allow for moving truck dropoffs. They don't require a permit.
  • You must come in person for permits for overnight storage or moving containers. You also need to give us a letter of authorization from the company that owns those containers. The company must hold a bond with the City.
  • You can check to see if the space you want is available. Search our database of Street Occupancy Permits before coming to City Hall.
Step
2

Apply for and pick up your permit

Moving truck permits can be purchased at the Office of the Parking Clerk, on the second floor of City Hall. The windows are to the far left. The Parking Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The street space you want to reserve must be an actual parking space. This space 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.

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.

Payment options:

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

If you use a credit card or pinless debit card, there is a non-refundable service fee of 2.5% of the total payment, with a $1 minimum. This fee is paid to the card processor and not kept by the City.

PLEASE NOTE:

If your debit card requires you to enter your pin to process a payment, you CANNOT use it to pay your fee.

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 flier 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 flier one day before your move.

You are responsible for removing any posted signs or fliers after they are no longer needed. You also must clean up any debris from your move. If you have any questions, please email movingtrucks@boston.gov or call the Parking Clerk's Office at 617-635-2560.

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

If you have any questions, please email movingtrucks@boston.gov or call the Parking Clerk's Office at 617-635-2560.

Suggested Content

We're testing out suggested content on Boston.gov below. If you see anything out of place, let us know at feedback@boston.gov