Visitor Parking Permit
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Visitor Parking Permits are provided to Cambridge residents for use by their guests to park near residents' homes. When placed on the dashboard of any non-commercial vehicle, it may be used in locations signed as "Permit Parking Only" in the geographic area shown on the map on the back of the visitor permit. All permits expire each year on January 31. The City of Cambridge does not provide short-term parking permits for summer school students or sub-letters. Individuals seeking on-street parking must meet the eligibility requirements for a resident parking permit. The purpose of the City's Resident Parking regulation is to maximize the availability of parking for Cambridge residents while discouraging long-term parking on residential streets near commercially zoned areas or transportation access points. The rules on the back of the Visitor Parking Permit are strictly enforced.
Each Cambridge household is eligible to receive one Visitor Parking Permit. All outstanding parking tickets in your name must be paid prior to receiving any on-street parking or visitor permits. If you have a car you do not need to apply separately for a Visitor Parking Permit; each household will receive one with the first Resident Parking Permit provided for that household. You can find more information on Resident Parking Permits here.
How to Apply For a Visitor Parking Permit
Permits expire on January 31 and can be renewed starting in November.
Residents who have previously applied for and received either a Resident Parking Permit or Visitor Parking Permit have the option of renewing their permit(s) online for 2016! Avoid lines and apply at your own convenience.
New Visitor Parking Permits may be obtained by mail or in person at our office at 344 Broadway. When submitting your application, please include or bring with you proof of residency and payment (as required, see fee information below). If you are submitting by mail, you will need an application form which can be found here.
Please make any checks payable to the City of Cambridge.
- For households with one or more vehicles, a Visitor Parking Permit will be provided for no extra charge with the Resident Parking Permit (maximum one VPP per household).
- For household without a vehicle or those who only require a VPP, the price is $25.00.
- There is no fee for senior citizens (age 65 or older) or persons with disabilities. To waive fee, if you are a senior citizen include proof of age with your application. If you are a person with a disability include a copy of the front and back of your parking placard.
- For replacement VPP, if one is lost or stolen, the fee is $50.00. Only one replacement permit can be made per year. The resident who received the original Visitor Parking Permit is the only person that may request a replacement.
- If you move within the City, you must contact us -- a new permit will be required if you move outside of your current visitor permit area. You will need proof of residency for your new address and you must return your previously issued permit to avoid a $50.00 replacement fee when applying for a Visitor Parking Permit for your new location.
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