traffic parking and transportation department

Dumpster Permit


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
344 Broadway
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. Payment Method


  • 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.

    Fill in:
  • Name
  • 24 Hr. Contact
  • Fax Number
  • Permit/Location Address
  • 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

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Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA, 02139
Ph: 617-349-4000
TTY: 617-349-4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager