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NOTICE: The Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department will be open to members of the public, by appointment only, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., for select services. Details about how to access these services online or book an in-person appointment are available on our street occupancy permit (moving vans, moving crates, and tool trucks), parking ticket, and parking permit (residents and visitors) pages. Call 617-349-4700 (voice), 711 (relay), or email tpt@cambridgema.gov for assistance.

Street Occupancy Permits

General Information

We offer different types of Street Occupancy Permits, which allow you to reserve space on the street for various reasons. You may apply for each of these permits online. If you need in-person assistance, including to make a payment by cash or check, you must make an appointment before coming to our office. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

Use the links below to get more detailed information about how to apply for each type of Street Occupancy Permit.

Block Party Permit

A block party is a community event hosted on a City street by a group of neighbors, a non-profit organization, or an association. During a block party, a portion a single block is closed to through traffic.

Apply for a Block Party Permit

Dumpster Permit

A Dumpster Permit allows you to reserve curb space for the purpose of temporarily placing a dumpster on a City street for moving debris or garbage from a construction site. Dumpster permits are issued for a maximum of two spaces.

Apply for a Dumpster Permit

Funeral/Wake Parking Permit

A Funeral/Wake Parking Permit is for funeral homes to reserve parking spaces to provide on-street parking for wake and funeral service attendees.

Apply for a Funeral/Wake Parking Permit

Moving Container or Crate Permit

A Moving Container/Crate Permit allows you to reserve curb space for the purpose of placing a crate or container on a City street while moving goods in or out of a building. These permits are issued for two consecutive days.

Apply for a Moving Container or Crate Permit

Moving Van

A Moving Van Permit allows you to reserve curb space for the purpose of parking a vehicle on a City street while moving goods in or out of a building. Moving Van Permits can be issued for a maximum of three consecutive days.

Apply for a Moving Van Permit

Tool Truck

A Tool Truck Permit reserves space for a specified length of time to park contractor’s vehicles while doing construction in Cambridge. Permits can only be posted in front of your work area and cannot be posted in front of neighboring residences, in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, across driveways, within ten feet of a fire hydrant or locations posted no parking or no stopping.

Apply for a Tool Truck Permit

Traffic Clearance Permit

A Traffic Clearance Permit temporarily restricts parking for a specified length of time to provide the proper space needed for the turning radius of construction vehicles accessing a job site. This permit is also issued to provide space for re-routing traffic from a travel lane and into a parking lane associated with large construction jobs.

Apply for a Traffic Clearance Permit

Traffic Special Event Permit

The Traffic Special Event Permit is reserved for the following events: Parking for a Festival, Parade, Processional, Public Safety Events, Road Race, University Events including Move-in/move-out, Walkathons, and other large events. Special events may require a number of permits from various City departments depending on the size and nature of the event. The Traffic Special Event permit only covers the use of the street. Cambridge residents, non-profit organizations, and businesses may apply.

Apply for a Traffic Special Even Permit

Other Street Occupancy Parking Permit

The Other Street Occupancy Parking Permit type allows companies/organizations to reserve curb space for the purpose of parking their service vehicle on a City street.

Apply for an Other Street Occupancy Permit

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