Price List

The following items can be purchased from the Department of Public Works located at 147 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139. Hours of operation:

Monday 8:30am-8:00pm Tuesday-Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm Friday 8:30am-noon

Appliance Permits for non senior citizen $ 25.00 each
Appliance Permits for senior citizens $ 20.00 each
Tree Planting client tree $140.00 each
Tree Planting commemorative tree $200.00 each
Copies maps & other documents prices vary
Special Events park & public area use permits $ 25.00 additional fees may apply

Permits for the use of athletic fields are administered by the Department of Human Services.

The Department also administers the following business and construction permits:

Crane, Boom Truck/Pump Truck $200.00 per day
Discharge and Dewatering $100.00
Sewer Inspection Fee $150.00
Sidewalk Business Use (SBU) $ 75.00 per year
Sidewalk Obstruction Permit $100.00 plus $2.00 per sq. foot must be renewed monthly
Stormwater Control Permit $ 0.01 per sq/ft of gross floor area $500.00 minimum
Street Excavation Permit $100.00 sewer inspection fee may apply
Street Preservation Offset Fee $ 11.00 per sq. foot for streets up to 100 sq. feet (*SPOF)
Temporary Construction Access $100.00 per month
Trench Excavation $ 50.00 on private property

*See regulation for additional pricing here. The City has instituted a $25.00 fee for all returned checks effective January 1. 2010.

Effective July 1, 2012 Public Works is pleased to offer a variety of new services online and bringing our credit card policies in line with City policies regarding credit cards and convenience fees that went into effect during FY12. Please see the FAQ page for questions.
The City of Cambridge accepts the following debit/credit cards:

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Dept of Public Works

147 Hampshire St
Cambridge MA 02139


Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm
24 hour emergency
telephone 617.349.4862