In order to make parking available to residents and people visiting, doing business in and working in Cambridge, the City operates:

  • Two municipal garages, one in East Cambridge (1100 spaces) and another in Central Square (280 spaces).


Since the demand for parking in Cambridge exceeds the available supply of spaces, the City encourages turnover of parking spaces with parking meterspay stations and garage fees and Parking Control Officers monitor all areas to enforce the City's Traffic Regulations.  

Residents may park in resident permit parking areas with a resident parking permit.  Visitors may park in the resident parking permit area where the house of the Cambridge resident they are visiting is located with the resident's visitor parking permit.  Metered parking is found in business areas.

Permits are available for residents who wish to park moving vansmoving containers or cratesdumpsters or trucks being used for construction projects on City streets and for special events or block parties.

View all of the Traffic and Parking Maps in our Interactive Map Gallery.