A dumpster permit reserves 40 feet of space on a City street for a specific number of days to temporarily park a dumpster used during construction. City staff will post signs at the requested location for your dumpster once your permit has been approved and paid for. 


Any Cambridge property owner is eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted by the property owner or the contractor. Applicants must meet the requirements of the City's ordinance (Chapter 8.25 of the Cambridge Municipal Code) regarding the licensing of dumpsters. Prior to obtaining a dumpster permit, you must obtain a dumpster license from the City of Cambridge Inspectional Services Department. Click here for information on Dumpster Licensing.

How to Apply

Permit applications must be submitted and paid for at least 7 calendar days (one week) before the installation date. For example, an application for a Tuesday permit must be submitted and paid for by 11:59 pm on the previous Tuesday. This requirement allows time to approve the application and post signs 48 hours in advance so that people can move vehicles parked at permitted locations. To apply, please click on the link at the bottom of this page for the online application form or stop by our office at 344 Broadway.

  • To reserve space at a metered location, you must select the meter numbers from the dropdown on the permit application. To see the specific location of meters on a map click here.
  • When applying online, after clicking the submit permit application button, you should be prompted to pay for your permit. If you do not see the payment screen or you cannot complete your payment, please call our office at (617) 349-4721. Your application will not be processed by our staff until payment is received. 
  • Once approved, we will email your permit to you. In some instances emails will end up in spam or junk folders. Please check all email folders for your permit. If you do not receive your permit please contact our office.


  • Application fee: $100.00
  • Weekly fee: $75 for the first week, $100/week thereafter, plus meter fee ($10/day/meter) if applicable.

Each permit is issued for 40 feet of space to ensure companies have sufficient space to install and remove dumpsters.

Dumpster permits cannot be paid for online. You must call (617) 349-4721 to pay by credit card or come to our office to pay by credit card, check or cash.

Other Information

  • Dumpsters left on the street illegally will be removed at the owner's and applicant's expense.
  • Dumpsters must be moved to accommodate street cleaning and snow emergencies.
  • The area around the dumpster must always be kept clean.
  • Dumpsters must be emptied regularly and covered with a tarp each night and when full.
  • If a vehicle is parked in the space posted for your dumpster, please contact the Cambridge Police Department by following the instructions on your permit.
  • You must make provisions for pedestrian safety and/or emergency vehicles when necessary.

Permits cannot be modified after signs have been posted unless due to extreme weather conditions. If you need to request a posting modification after signs are posted, the City cannot provide a refund and you must reapply and pay for a new permit.

The City of Cambridge retains the right to revoke or deny street occupancy permits at any time for reasons including, but not limited to the following: non-compliance of any state law, City Ordinance, failure to comply with the above guidelines or failure to make payments.

All City permits are subject to review and can be revoked at any time per order of the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Director.