Crane and Boom Permit Application


A Crane, Boom and Pump Truck permit is required if you are using a crane, boom truck, boom lift, man lift, lull, scissor lift or pump truck on a City of Cambridge right-of way.  Please be sure to understand amd meet all of the permit requirements before starting the application process as permits will not be issued until all requirements are met.

Please note: Permit only valid from Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm. Work outside these hours, including weekend work, requires special permission. If permission is granted, the contractor will be required to pay overtime costs for inspections. If work runs into a new week, a new permit is required.

NEW The Public Works Department now offers the purchase of permits online.  View online permit application instructions for complete details.  Please note that PIN numbers are required for contractors (see instructions).

NOTICE  Methods of payment include: Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards.  Visa or MasterCard debit cards or Electronic checks (E-check).  A convenience fee will be charged for each purchase: 2.5% for Visa, MasterCard or Discover and a $2.00 flat fee for payments made by E-check.  Learn more about online payments and convenience fees. You will be taken to a secure third party payment processor, Velocity Payment Systems to submit payment online.

You can still download a paper application and return it to the Public Works office at 147 Hampshire Street.  If you have any questions, please call the Permit Administrator at 617.349.4833 or email:


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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-12 noon
24 Hour emergency 617.349.4860


Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

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