Apply for Tool Truck Permit

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation

A Tool Truck Permit reserves space for a specified length of time to park contractors' vehicles while doing construction in Cambridge. 

How to Start

  1. Apply for Tool Truck permit using the online application form or stop by the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department's (TP&T) office at 344 Broadway.

    • When applying online, after submitting the permit application, you should be prompted to pay for your permit. If you do not see the payment screen or you cannot complete your payment, please call our office at (617) 349-4721. Your application will not be processed by our staff until payment is received.
    • Permit applications must be submitted at least 7 calendar days (one week) before the installation date.
    • To reserve space at a metered location, you must select the meter numbers from the dropdown on the permit application. View map of meter locations.
  2. Once our staff approve your permit, we will send you a copy of your approved permit via email as a PDF attachment. 
    • In some instances emails will end up in spam or junk folders. Please check all email folders for your permit. 
    • If you do not receive this email by noon on the next business day after you have applied and paid for your permit, please contact our office to make sure that we have received your permit application and that your payment is complete
  3. City staff will post signs at the requested location for your container once your permit is approved and paid for. Permits can only be posted in front of your residence and cannot be posted in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, across driveways, within ten feet of a fire hydrants or in locations posted no parking or no stopping.


  • Application Fee: $100.00
  • Weekly Fee: $50.00 per week per 20 feet of space requested, plus meter fee ($10.00/day/meter) if applicable
  • Construction Truck permits cannot be paid for online. Call us at (617) 349-4721 to pay by credit card or come to our office to pay by credit card, check or cash.


  • You must make provisions for pedestrian safety and/or emergency vehicles when necessary.
  • If the no parking signs we have posted are torn down, please call us at (617) 349-4721 right away.
  • Vehicles cannot be left on the street overnight and must be temporarily relocated to accommodate street cleaning and plowing during declared snow emergencies.
  • Permits cannot be modified after signs have been posted unless due to extreme weather conditions. If you need to request a posting modification after signs are posted, the City cannot provide a refund and you must reapply and pay for a new permit.
  • Permit applications must be submitted and paid for at least 7 calendar days (one week) before the installation date. For example, an application for a Tuesday permit must be submitted and paid for by 11:59 pm on the previous Tuesday. This requirement allows time to approve the application and post signs 48 hours in advance so that people can move vehicles parked at permitted locations.
  • All City permits are subject to review and can be revoked at any time per order of the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Director.

Additional Information

Contractors may park vehicles with commercial license plates in Permit Parking Only locations for up to three days without a permit when making a short-term repair at a resident's home. A Visitor Parking Permit is not required.

This policy is to allow a resident to get emergency, short duration repairs done easily – for example repair a broken toilet or heating system, install a washing machine, resolve an electrical malfunction, etc. Any project that will last more than three days requires a tool truck permit beginning with the first day of the project.

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Page was last modified on 8/1/2018 10:05 PM
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