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Ask Charles Cherney - Question #40 - How does resident street parking work in Cambridge and Somerville?

How does resident street parking
work in Cambridge and Somerville?

How does resident street parking work in Cambridge, Massachusetts?
The short answer is that you need a resident parking permit (or visitor permit)
to park on residential streets signed with Parking By Permit Only signs.

Resident Parking Permits allow Cambridge residents to park their vehicles on Cambridge streets posted "Parking by Permit Only."

Your car must be registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in your name at your Cambridge address.

All parking permits expire on January 31 of the following year. For example, a 2017 resident parking permit expires on January 31, 2018.

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.

Parking by Permit Only rules DO NOT APPLY on Sundays or holidays. This is good news if you are visiting open houses on Sundays in Cambridge and don't have a parking permit. 

Public Works mechanically sweeps each street in Cambridge once per month, April through December (weather permitting). Signs are posted on each residential street indicating the schedule. In order to ensure that streets are properly cleaned, cars must move off the side of the street being swept to avoid being ticketed and towed.

For more information from the city of Cambridge on the Resident Parking Permit, CLICK HERE.

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