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Winter Parking

Parking During a Snow Storm

In the event of a snow storm, remember these general on-street parking guidelines:

  • Always park at least 20 feet from the street corner. Parking this far away from the corner improves visibility and safety year-round and ensures compliance with the Cambridge Traffic Regulations, but in the winter it also allows plows to push snow away from crosswalks.
  • Think safety! Please do your part and dig out fire hydrants and street drains while digging out your car.
  • When digging out your car, think about how you pile snow; don't create new problems in the street or on sidewalks.
  • Please don't take it personally if Public Works plows push snow back into your driveway or parked car. It’s sometimes unavoidable in order to keep streets as passable as possible during all stages of the storm.

Parking During a Snow Emergency

It's important for the city to keep main roads clear for plows and emergency vehicles during extreme weather. You will be subject to ticketing and towing if you park on a a posted snow emergency route during a declared snow emergency.

Space Savers

It is illegal to ‘reserve’ cleared parking spaces. Objects left in on-street parking spaces may be removed when crews are available after a snow event or when a snow emergency has been lifted.

Winter Parking

Snow Emergency Parking Ban Information

During substantial storms, the City may declare a Snow Emergency Parking Ban which prohibits parking on streets signed “No Parking during Snow Emergency.” When a snow emergency is declared, information is made available at 617-349-4700, the City's homepage and snow center, and on 22-CityView. To receive notifications about snow emergencies via e-mail, text message, and/or phone announcement (for any landline or cell phone in the city or elsewhere), sign up for Code Red through the Cambridge Alert Network. Every effort is made to give residents as much advance notice as possible of an impending snow emergency.

Approximately 100 streets in the City are signed "No Parking during Snow Emergency." When a snow emergency is declared, parking is restricted on these streets. Vehicles should not be parked at these locations and those that are will be ticketed and subject to being towed. Some streets are restricted on one side only and some on both sides. The City's tow priorities will be based on access needs, especially for emergency vehicles, and the type and duration of the storm.

Snow Emergency Off-Street Parking for Residents

During a declared snow emergency, Cambridge residents are responsible for moving their cars off of streets signed "No Parking during Snow Emergency." To assist residents in parking their vehicles, free parking is provided in the following facilities as indicated below. If an announced snow emergency will be in effect overnight and begins after 6PM and before 7AM, the designated parking facilities will be free starting at 6PM rather than at the start of the snow emergency. This free parking program is available only to Cambridge residents with Resident Parking Permits issued by the Department of Traffic, Parking and Transportation.

Snow Emergency Off-Street Parking Locations

  • Galleria Mall - Enter on Cambridgeside Place, Between P.F Chang’s and The Cheesecake Factory Entrance. Residents of Cambridge can park for free in the Cambridgeside Galleria Garage from the time the declared snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted.
  • First Street Garage - Enter on Spring Street. Parking is free if you have a Cambridge resident parking permit from the time the declared snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted.
  • Green Street Garage, Central Square - Parking is free if you have a Cambridge resident parking permit from the time the declared snow emergency is in effect until 2 hours after it is lifted.
  • 52 Oxford Garage - This is a Harvard owned and operated garage. When a Snow Emergency is declared it is open to City residents with a resident parking permit on a space available basis for no fee from the time the declared snow emergency is in effect until two hours after the snow emergency is lifted. Important -- vehicles parked in this garage must exit no later than two hours after the ban is lifted. Space is limited, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. The University reserves the right to cease admittance due to capacity limitations and operation issues.
  • 65 Waverly Street - This is an MIT owned surface lot at the corner of Sidney, Waverly and Erie adjacent to Fort Washington Park. Parking is free with a resident permit from the start of the snow emergency until 2 hours after it has been lifted.
  • One Kendall Square Garage - This is a privately owned garage next to the Kendall Square Cinema. Parking is free during snow emergencies for Cambridge residents with a resident parking permit on their vehicle from the time the City’s declared snow emergency is in effect until two hours after it is lifted. The garage entrance is at 389 Binney Street.

Parking Maps

Snow Emergency Off-Street Parking Map

This map is designed to show Snow Emergency Off Street Parking Locations in Cambridge. Enter an address to find the closest garage near you. Click on the icon to get more information on that location and see the Snow Emergency Off Street Parking for Residents page for more details.

Snow Emergency Parking Restrictions Map

Parking is not allowed during a snow emergency on the streets highlighted on the map below. Enter an address in the box in the top of the map to get a close-up view indicating if parking is banned during a snow emergency at that location. You may also use your mouse to move the map and scroll in or out.