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Do I Need a Boston Moving Permit?

Any move, whether to the next city over or across states, requires a good deal of planning. Moving to Boston is no different. So, do you need a Boston moving permit? Well, the short answer is that it depends. You’re not legally required to have a moving parking permit, however, certain neighborhoods can require moving day parking permits.

Boston is a densely-populated city with limited parking and space in many areas (especially the city center). If you want your moving day to go as smooth as possible and avoid getting parking citations or having your moving company make long trips between the residence and truck, it’s best to make all of the necessary arrangements so that you can secure a spot without any trouble.

As you’re planning your move, get familiar with the neighborhood that you’ll be moving to. If you’re moving to an area that’s more on the outside of the city where there is a bit more space, you may not even need to reserve a parking spot. However, if you’re not sure, it’s best to ask your Boston moving company to confirm, as they know the areas well and can tell you if that neighborhood will need a permit.

If you’ve determined that you will need a permit, we’ll go over the steps you need to take to get everything ready to go before moving day.

How to Get a Parking Permit for Your Boston Move

You can reserve a parking permit for your move either online or in person. A standard moving permit allows you to reserve two parking spaces between the hours 7 AM and 5 PM for one day. 

If your move will take more than a day, you can reserve up to five days in a row. After five days, you’ll need to allow for a 48-hour break so that the space can be used again. After the two-day break, the space can be reserved again.

The permit can be used for residential, commercial, or metered spots. However, it’s important to note that even if you have a permit, there are certain parking spots that are always off-limits for parking.

You can apply online if you’re applying for the permit at least two weeks before your moving day (and no more than four weeks in advance). Make sure to check if the parking area you’re looking to use is not already being used by the city for programs or events, like The City of Boston’s 2021 Outdoor Dining Program.

Once your permit is approved, you’ll receive it by mail within 10 days to the address that you provide.

You can apply in person if you’re applying for the permit at least three days before your moving day (and no more than four weeks in advance). To purchase the permit, visit the Office of the Parking Clerk at City Hall on the second floor.

To check fees and other important details, make sure to check The City of Boston’s online portal for the most up-to-date information.

What to Do Next After Reserving Your Parking Spaces

You’ll need to purchase signs from The City of Boston so that you can let your neighbors know ahead of time that you will be using those parking spots. These should be placed on the street of your reserved parking spots at least two days before the start time of your permit. 

The city will also provide you with a flier that you’ll need to make copies of and post on cars within half a block of the reserved spaces (and in doorways). However, if you’re using parking spaces that are metered, you can post the fliers one day before the moving day.

We’ll Help You Have an Easy Move to Boston

Getting the permit is just half of the process; you’ll also want to hire the right moving company to make everything happen.

Moving can be stressful, but working with a professional moving service can make the process easier and less frustrating, especially when it comes to moving to Boston. Isaac’s Moving and Storage is headquartered in Boston and we understand the work that needs to be done regarding reserving parking spaces and getting the job done quickly and efficiently.

Whether you’re moving locally or long distance, we have over 25 years of moving experience with offices and facilities around the country and are ready to help you move to your new home. Our team is properly licensed, internationally certified, and values our customer’s experience.

Ready to get started? Contact us today for a free estimate. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about moving to the Boston area, getting moving permits, and anything else you need to know about the moving process.

If you’re interested in learning more about the services we offer, including storage and packing/unpacking, visit our homepage.

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