Prior to applying for a Dumpster permit, you must obtain a license from Inspectional Services Department. Please visit "A Guide to Dumpster Licensing".
Dumpster Permits are issued by Traffic, Parking & Transportation. To obtain a Dumpster Permit, complete application, submit on-line or print and deliver in person 4 business days prior to date dumpster is to be placed on street.
After submitting your application on-line you must call 617-349-4721 and give your credit card information. Your application will not be processed before the payment information is received. Payment will be accepted by credit or debit card only.
Modification of date, time or location to permits will not be accepted after signs have been posted unless due to extreme weather conditions. In the event that an applicant requests a posting modification after signs are posted, there will be no refund and applicant's must re-apply and pay for a new permit.
For other information regarding Street Occupancy permits call 617-349-4721 or 617-349-4714.
City of Cambridge
Traffic, Parking & Transportation Dept.
Street Occupancy Permit Division
Cambridge, MA 02139
Permit Hours and Fees:
Permit Hours: Monday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 - Noon
The Permit Division closes at noon (12:00pm) on Fridays. Any applications submitted after 11:30am on Fridays will not be processed until the following Monday (Tuesday when Monday is a holiday).
Permit Fee: Application Fee 100.00
Weekly Fee 75.00
Meter Fee 10.00/day
Fee must be sent when approved.
Method of Payment
On-line applications is credit/debit card only
Walk-in or by mail is Cash, Check or Credit
The Permit Division closes at noon (12:00pm) on Fridays. Any applications submitted after 11:30am on Fridays will not be processed until the following Monday.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS THAT WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED:
After work is completed each day, dumpster must be covered with a mechanism such as a tarp, to help ensure public safety during non-working hours.
Dumpster must be temporarily relocated to accommodate street cleaning and plowing during a declared snow emergency.
Debris Shafts are prohibited. Use of one will result in the permit being revoked and all fees forfeited.
24 Hr. Contact
Start Date (dumpster placement)
End Date (dumpster removal)
Length of dumpster (# of feet required)
Type of parking that will be restricted
If it is metered parking, you will need the meters numbers that will be effected
Dumpster company name
Dumpster company contact person
Dumpster company contact number