Resident Parking Permit

To help mitigate the effect of COVID-19, the City of Cambridge has closed all municipal buildings and asked non-essential staff not to report to the office beginning Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. During this time, parking meter payments will not be required. Additionally, we will continue to honor 2019 Resident and Visitor Parking Permits. All previously scheduled parking ticket hearings have been cancelled. Once City buildings are re-opened, we will begin processing 2020 Parking Permit applications, scheduling parking ticket hearings, and processing ticket disputes.


2020 Parking Permit Renewal Season

We encourage residents to apply online, through our Parking Permit Renewal Website, by March 31. We will continue to honor 2019 permits beyond March 31 so that there is time for 2020 permits to be processed and mailed. Online applications take 3 to 5 weeks to process.

Visit the Parking Permit Renewal Website

General Information

Resident Parking Permits allow Cambridge residents to park their vehicles, including motorcycles, in locations throughout the City posted "Parking by Permit Only".

The purpose of the City's Resident Parking regulation is to maximize the availability of parking for Cambridge residents while discouraging long-term parking on residential streets near commercially zoned areas or transportation access points.

Each Cambridge household is also eligible to receive one Visitor Parking Permit. A Visitor Parking Permit is provided to the first person who applies for a Resident Parking Permit from that household.

If no one in your household owns a vehicle, you can find information about applying for a Visitor Parking Permit only here.

The rules on the back of the Visitor Parking Permit are strictly enforced, be sure to read and understand the rules to comply with the permit. 

The City of Cambridge does not provide short-term parking permits for summer school students or sub-letters. Individuals seeking on-street parking permits must meet the eligibility requirements for a Resident Parking Permit outlined below.


To be eligible for a Resident Parking Permit: 

  • You must be a Cambridge resident. 
  • All outstanding parking tickets in your name must be paid prior to receiving any on-street Resident or Visitor Parking Permits. 
  • Additionally, except for the specific situations described below, your vehicle must be registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in your name at your Cambridge address with the garage code being Cambridge.
  • Fulfill the proof of residency requirements here.

We periodically compare our vehicle records with the RMV's list of principal garaging (garage code). We cancel permits for cars that are no longer garaged in Cambridge according to the RMV.

We make exceptions to these requirements for residents in the process of moving into Cambridge, for residents renting vehicles in their names, and residents in the military on active duty with orders to work or study in Cambridge or nearby.

If you purchase a new vehicle you must apply for a new Resident Parking Permit. If you move within Cambridge, you must contact us and the RMV, or your insurance company, to update our records and exchange your Visitor Parking Permit. You must prove your residency each time you obtain a Resident Parking Permit. 

How to Apply

Both Residential and Visitor Parking Permits expire on March 31st, and can be renewed starting in the preceding January.

Residents who have previously applied for and received either a Resident Parking Permit or Visitor Parking Permit have the option of renewing their permit(s) online for 2019! Renew online via our RPP renewal website

New Resident Parking Permits may be obtained by mail or in person at our office at 344 Broadway. When submitting your application, include or bring with you a copy of your vehicle registration, proof of residency, payment (as required, see fee information below). Additionally, if the vehicle is an employer-owned vehicle, you will need a letter from your employer and the vehicle registration needs to be in your employer's name. If you are mailing in the application, you will need to pay by check/money order and include an application form, which can be found here. Do not mail cash!


  • $25.00 for the initial Resident Parking Permit. This cost includes one Visitor Parking Permit per household.
  • $25.00 per vehicle for any additional Resident Parking Permits in the household.
  • There is no fee for senior citizens (65 years and above) or persons with disabilities. If you are a senior citizen, the fee can be waived if you include proof of age with your application. If you are a person with a disability, include a copy of the front and back of your parking placard unless you have a persons with disabilities license plate.
  • $25.00 per vehicle for each new vehicle purchased during the permit year. This fee can be waived it the old sticker is returned, even if it is ripped. 
  • $20.00 per week for a temporary Resident Parking Permit unless you already have a Resident or Visitor Parking Permit (Restrictions apply).

Mail-in applications must include a check covering the appropriate fee. Do not mail cash! Write checks out to the City of Cambridge.

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