Contractors Doing Work at Residents Homes

We allow contractors doing work for Cambridge residents to park near residents' homes in the following situations:

Contractors may park vehicles with Massachusetts commercial license plates in Permit Parking Only locations for up to three consecutive days without a permit when making a short-term repair at a resident's home. A Visitor Parking Permit is not required. This policy is to allow residents to get emergency, short duration repairs done easily – for example to repair a broken toilet or heating system, install a washing machine, resolve an electrical malfunction, etc.

Any project that will last more than three consecutive days requires a tool truck permit beginning with the first day of the project to reserve space to park vehicles by the resident's home for the length of the project. Vehicles parked in these spaces must have commercial license plates. City staff will post signs at the requested location of your move. Permits can only be posted in front of your residence and cannot be posted in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, across driveways, within ten feet of a fire hydrants or in locations posted no parking or no stopping.

You must apply for your permit at least four business days in advance of the permit start date. This advance notice is necessary to allow the City time to review and approve your application and prepare and post signs at least 48 hours before your move to allow people time to move vehicles parked at the permitted location.

Information about how to apply and fees is available at the Tool Truck Permit page of our website or call at (617) 349-4721.