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Cambridge Highlands Resident Parking Survey Open Until April 30

A "Parking by Permit Only" sign and "Tow Zone: No Parking Sign", side by side

The City of Cambridge is conducting a survey to gauge neighborhood interest in adding "Parking by Permit Only" signs to streets in the Cambridge Highlands. Neighborhood residents should take the survey by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 30 to weigh in. 

Take the survey

How to weigh in

  • Take the quick survey at camb.ma/highlands-parking, or
  • Email trafficengineering@cambridgema.gov. Include your name, street address, and whether you support the change. 

Who should take the survey?

Residents of the Cambridge Highlands living on the following streets should take the survey: 

  • Blanchard Road
  • Griswold Street
  • Loomis Street
  • Normandy Avenue
  • Normandy Terrace 
  • South Normandy Avenue
  • Sunset Road

What will change? 

Map of Cambridge, highlighting the Cambridge Highlands area in northwest Cambridge where the Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department is conducting a resident parking survey. If there is resident support, the City will add parking by permit only signs to Normandy Avenue, South Normandy Avenue, Normandy Terrace, Griswold Street, Sunset Road, and Loomis Street.If approved, the City will add "Parking by Permit Only" signs to several streets, including Griswold Street, Loomis Street, Normandy Avenue, Normandy Terrace, South Normandy Avenue, and Sunset Road. Click here for a high-res version of the map.

If we make this change, all residents who park on the street will need to display Resident Parking Permits and visitors will generally need to use Visitor Parking Permits. We do not require parking permits to park on Sundays. Click here to learn more about the rules related to Resident and Visitor Parking Permits

Other parking options that residents and visitors may use will include:

  • Contractors may park vehicles with commercial license plates in "Parking by Permit Only" locations for up to three days without a permit. A Visitor Parking Permit is not required. Anyone working for more than three days should apply for a Street Occupancy Permit.
  • If you are hosting a one-day event at your home, you can submit a Parking Consideration Application requesting that guests be able to park near your home.
  • Non-Resident Parking Permits are available for people who regularly provide services to Cambridge residents at their homes, such as healthcare or childcare providers. Learn more here
  • We issue temporary parking permits, extended visitor parking permits, permits for rental vehicles, permits for moving trucks, and more. Learn more about these options under "Unique Circumstances" on the Parking Permits webpage. 


In early April, City staff delivered flyers door-to-door in the neighborhood and posted laminated signs with information about the survey. Click here to see the flyer

The Cambridge Traffic, Parking, + Transportation Department  (TP+T) recently received a petition from Cambridge Highlands residents requesting this change. The City last surveyed the neighborhood about resident parking regulations in 2018. At that time, the percentage of residents who supported the change was not high enough to make changes. 

Next Steps

The City plans to evaluate the responses later this spring. TP+T will announce the decision with another flyer, posters on the street, an email notification to respondents who provide an email address, and a news update at www.cambridgema.gov/traffic.

Contact Us

Please email trafficengineering@cambridgema.gov with comments and questions. 

Take the survey

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