Visitor Parking Permit

Description and purpose

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 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.  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.  To apply for a Resident Parking Permit for your vehicle click here. 

How to Apply For a Visitor Parking Permit

Visitor Parking Permits may be obtained online, by mail or in person. To apply online please use the link at the top of this page.  If you are not eligible to apply online, click here to print out a copy of the mail in application.  When submitting your application by mail or in person include or have with you an application form (if applying by mail), proof of residency and payment if required (see fee information below).  Once complete, please mail or bring to our office.


  • Household without a vehicle - $ 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.
  • If lost or stolen one replacement only per year - $ 50.00  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.