Moving in Boston? Here’s how to reserve a parking spot for your moving truck on move day in Boston.

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Before You Apply

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.

Apply Online

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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 Online Here

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.

Apply In Person

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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.

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. To get approval, you need to tell us:

  • the date of your move
  • the address you will park in front of
  • if there is metered parking

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

Post Your Signs

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You or someone you know must post your permit signs at least two days before your moving day. You will also be provided 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.

Move Day

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.

Post 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 [email protected] or call the Office of the Parking Clerk at 617-635-3146.

For move information: https://www.boston.gov/how-reserve-parking-spot-your-moving-truck#apply-in-person

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Don’t want to deal with the hassle of obtaining parking permits for your move? Relax! Humboldt can take care of the process for you. Ask your move consultant today for more information! 

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