Cars parked in open air lot

Apply for an Open Air Parking License


Open Air Parking Licenses are issued by the Cambridge License Commission pursuant to and in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws c. 148, § 56, the Special Acts of 1930, c. 121. It takes approximately four to six weeks for an application to be processed and a license to be issued, if approved.

How to Start

Step 1:

Obtain zoning sign off from Inspectional Services Department and sign off from Traffic, Parking and Transportation.

Step 2:

Complete the Open Air Parking License Application and submit it to the License Commission with the sign-offs from ISD and TPT and a plan with the following information clearly indicated:

  • street name
  • number of entrances and exits
  • number of parking spaces
  • location of lights, if any
  • whether spaces are marked or numbered

If a corporation, you must also submit the Article of Incorporation or Business Certificate from the Clerk's Office.  There is a $175 hearing and advertising fee.

Step 3:

When the advertisement runs, the applicant must copy it and serve it upon all legal abutters.  At or prior to the hearing, the applicant must submit to the License Commission an Affidavit of Notice to Abutters. You must appear at the hearing.

Step 4:

If approved, provide any further documents requested and pay the annual fee.  Thereafter, the license will issue.



  • $175 hearing and advertising fee
  • $12.10 per parking space
Page was last modified on 6/17/2019 2:23 PM
Provide Feedback

Got feedback?

Please provide your feedback below: