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Street Occupancy Permits

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation

Street Occupancy permits are available online for residents who wish to park moving vans, moving containers or crates, dumpsters or trucks being used for construction projects on City streets and for special events or block parties. The City posts temporary no parking signs for these permits. If you see one of these signs, read it carefully to ensure that the location at which you are parking is not temporarily a no parking zone.

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Moving Van Permits

A moving van permit reserves space at a specific time and location to park a vehicle while moving materials in and out of a building. City staff will post signs at the requested location. Moving van permits can only be posted in front of your residence and cannot be posted in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, across driveways, within 10 feet of fire hydrants, or at locations posted no parking or no stopping. Permits cannot be issued on private ways or on blocks with no parking on either side.

Moving Container or Crate Permit

A Moving Container Permit reserves space at a specific time and location to park a container on a City street while moving materials in or out of a building. Containers cannot be used for construction or personal storage purposes, are limited to 12x8x8 in size and can remain at your residence for no longer than 3 days. Tractor Trailers cannot un-hitch a semi-trailer from its cab and leave it on a City street at any time.

City staff will post signs at the requested location for your container once your permit is approved and paid for. Permits can only be posted in front of your residence and cannot be posted in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, across driveways, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant or in locations posted no parking or no stopping.

Special Events

A Special Event is a large event such as a festival, road race, parade, film shoots or walkathon. Such events may feature entertainment, amusements and food and beverages.  Special events may require a number of permits from various City departments depending on the size and nature of the event. The City's Public Works Department manages the City's Special Event program. 

Once your event has been approved by the City's Special Events Committee, if it requires closing a public street or reserving spaces at meters, you will be instructed as to how to apply and pay for a Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department Special Event Permit. Cambridge residents, non-profit organizations and businesses may apply.

Dumpster Permit

A dumpster permit reserves 40 feet of space on a City street for a specific number of days to temporarily park a dumpster used during construction. City staff will post signs at the requested location for your dumpster once your permit has been approved and paid for.

Block Parties

A block party is a community-based event hosted by a group of neighbors, a not-for-profit organization or an association on a City street requiring closing of a portion of the street, a single block, for part of a day.

Tool Truck

A Tool Truck Permit reserves space for a specified length of time to park contractors' vehicles while doing construction in Cambridge. City staff will post signs at the requested location for your construction truck once your permit application has been approved and paid for. Permits can only be posted in front of your work area and cannot be posted in front of neighboring residences, in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, across driveways, within 10 feet of a fire hydrant or at locations posted no parking or no stopping. Contractors may park vehicles with commercial license plates in Permit Parking Only locations for up to three days without a permit when making a short-term repair at a resident's home. A Visitor Parking Permit is not required.

This policy is to allow a resident to get emergency, short duration repairs done easily – for example repair a broken toilet or heating system, install a washing machine, resolve an electrical malfunction, etc. Any project that will last more than three days requires a tool truck permit beginning on the first day of the project.

Last Updated: 3/5/2017 | Provide feedback on this page

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