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Apply for a Resident Parking Permit

Traffic, Parking, and Transportation

Many areas in Cambridge are designated "Parking by Permit Only." Resident Parking Permits allow Cambridge residents to park their vehicles, including motorcycles, in these areas.

We also offer visitor permits, which are available to all residents even if they don't own a vehicle.

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. As of 2019, all permits expire on March 31.

2020 Parking Permit Renewal Season

The 2020 Resident and Visitor Parking Permit renewal season will run from January 2, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

As in previous years, we will also accept applications through our Parking Permit Renewal Website. We are piloting an early application period. The website will open on December 15, 2019. However, we will not process any applications or mail any permits before January 2. Online applications take 3 to 5 weeks to process.

How to Start

Current Permit Holders:

  • Residents who have previously applied for and received either a Resident Parking Permit or Visitor Parking Permit have the option of renewing their permit(s) online

First Time Permit Applications:

  • New Resident Parking Permits may be obtained by mail or in person at our office at 344 Broadway. 
  • When submitting your application, please include or bring with you:
    •  a copy of your vehicle registration 
    • proof of residency (view requirements)
    • fee payment 
Additionally, if the vehicle is an employer-owned vehicle, you will need a letter from your employer.


  • $25.00 for the initial Resident Parking Permit. This cost includes one Visitor Parking Permit per household.
  • $25.00 per vehicle for any additional RPPs in the household.


  • To be eligible for a Resident Parking Permit you must be a Cambridge resident. 
  • All outstanding parking tickets in your name must be paid prior to receiving any on-street parking or visitor permits.
  • Vehicle must be registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in your name at your Cambridge address with the garage code being Cambridge.
  • Vehicle must weigh less than 2.5 tons.

Additional Information

Resident Parking Permit Photo Contest

Every year, TP+T holds a Resident Permit Photo Contest, accepting digital photographs of City buildings, landmarks, or other images that show the beauty of Cambridge. The winning photo is displayed on the following year’s resident permit. You can send photos to at any time. The deadline for consideration on the 2020 permit is Sunday, September 15, 2019.

2019 Contest Album           2018 Contest Album

Visitor Parking Permit:

Each Cambridge household is eligible to receive one Visitor Parking Permit. A Visitor Parking Permit is provided to the first person who applies for a Resident Parking Permit from that household.

RMV Review:

TP+T periodically compare our vehicle records with the RMV's list of principal garaging (garage code). TP+T cancels permits for vehicles that are no longer garaged in Cambridge according to the RMV.


TP+T makes exceptions to requirements for residents in the process of moving into Cambridge, for residents renting vehicles in their names, and residents in the military on active duty with orders to work or study in Cambridge or nearby.

If you purchase a new vehicle you must apply for a new resident parking permit. If you move within Cambridge, you must contact TP+T and the RMV or your insurance company to update our records and exchange your visitor parking permit.

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