Parking FAQ

Parking FAQ
  • How much does it cost to park at a meter?

    All on-street meters in the City of Cambridge take U.S. Quarters only.  Other coins deposited will not give any time on the meter.  See the parking meter rates below:

    • Low Demand Meters: $1.00 per hour, 15 minutes per quarter
    • Citywide Meter Base Rate:  $1.25 per hour, 12 minutes per quarter
    • High Demand Harvard Square Meters:  $1.50 per hour, 10 minutes per quarter
    • All 30-Minute Maximum Allowable Time Meters:  10 minutes per quarter

    Click here for more information about paring meters in the City of Cambridge.  The fees for parking in a City of Cambridge parking lot vary by lot and time of day. Please click here to see the cost of parking in a City lot.

  • How long may I park at a parking meter on a City street?

    Parking time limits, and parking meter zone numbers, are posted on signs in the vicinity of meters. Vehicles may be parked up to the maximum allowable time that is posted for that parking meter zone, whether you deposit more money after your time has run out or not. Vehicles that exceed the time limit are subject to being ticketed for overtime parking if parked longer than the maximum time allowed. In order to avoid an overtime parking ticket, you must move your vehicle from your current parking meter zone, to a different parking meter zone before you exceed the posted time limit. For more information on how to park in PassportParking Zones, click here.

  • What days and hours do I have to pay to park at a parking meter?

    The days and hours that parking meters must be paid vary by location and are indicated on the street sign at or near each parking meter. Please note that some meters are in effect until 8 PM and that parking must be paid for in most City owned lots until 10 PM. Parking meter payments are not required on Sundays and Massachusetts state holidays.

  • How long may I park in a City of Cambridge parking lot?

    Parking time limits vary by lot and time of day. Please click here for time limits for each lot. Vehicles may may only be parked up to the maximum allowable time whether you deposit more money after your time has run out or not.  Vehicles that exceed the maximum allowable time limit are subject to being ticketed for overtime parking if parked longer than the time allowed. In order to avoid an overtime parking ticket in a City lot, you must move your vehicle out of the parking lot before you exceed the posted maximum allowable time limit.
  • How do the City's parking meter pay stations work?

    The City has both pay by space and pay and display machines. Please click here for information about these pay stations.
  • How do I find out when street cleaning will take place on a particular City street so I won't get ticketed or towed?

    Street Cleaning takes place from April 1 to December 31 each year. All vehicles illegally parked at locations where street cleaning is scheduled will be towed. Please click here for the City’s street cleaning schedule. Residents and people who work in and visit Cambridge can sign up for street cleaning reminders through the Cambridge E-line email notification system. E-line is a component of the City's CodeRed system. Click here to sign up for E-line street cleaning notifications through the Cambridge Alert Network.

  • The streets were just cleaned can I park now?

    Street sweepers sometimes clean streets more than once. You should observe the street cleaning no parking restrictions posted on the sign and should not park until scheduled street cleaning hours are over.