Cambridge Street Cleaning & Parking Guide
The Division ensures clean public ways through citywide mechanical street sweeping and more intensive street sweeping, sidewalk cleaning, and litter collection in city squares. Crews conduct regular power-washing of public area trash and recycling receptacles and operate a graffiti removal program. In recent years, increasing the number of recycling bins in public areas and continuing citywide rodent control efforts have been major priorities. In addition to neighborhood sweeping, City squares are cleaned daily: on weekdays from 7 am to 3 pm, weekends and holidays from 4 am to 8 am (street sweeping) and 6 am to 10 am (hand-cleaning crew). Litter barrels in squares are emptied twice daily on weekdays and three times daily on weekends.
Street Cleaning at Parking Meters. Some meters are in street cleaning areas and will be ticketed and towed if parked at a meter during the day and time posted for street cleaning. In most cases, the street cleaning restriction at a meter is from 7am to 10am.
Resident Parking Permit
Resident Parking Permits allow Cambridge residents to park their vehicles, including motorcycles, in locations throughout the City posted "Parking by Permit Only". Visitor Parking Permits are provided to Cambridge residents for use by their guests to park near residents homes. When placed on the dashboard, it may be used in locations signed as "Parking by Permit Only"
Curb Cut Permits
A curb cut is an opening in the curb that allows a vehicle to access private property. Property owners who want to open a new curb cut or modify, expand or move an existing curb cut must apply for a permit from the city before starting construction.
A block party is a community-based event hosted by a group of neighbors, a not-for-profit organization or an association on a City street requiring closing of a portion of the street, a single block, for part of a day.
The City of Cambridge installs parking meters to provide short term parking for visitors and patrons of Cambridge businesses. Most on street meters have a two hour time limit; others have 30 or 60 minute limits. All on-street meters in Cambridge take U.S. quarters only. Other coins deposited will not give any time on the meter. The on street parking meter rates are $1.00 per hour, 15 minutes for $.25 cents. Payment at meters is not required on Commonwealth of Massachusetts holidays or on Sundays.Parking time limits are posted on signs in the vicinity of meters. These signs explain the maximum time vehicles can be parked at that meter, the hours the meter is in operation and either the days the meter is in operation or the exceptions when the meter is not in operation (i.e., 8am-6pm ex. Sunday).
Tour Bus Parking
City of Cambridge has 2 locations which are designated for tour bus drop off / pick up.
Tour Bus Drop Off / Pick Up - Harvard Square Area
Tour Bus Drop Off / Pick Up - MIT Area
Time Limited Parking
Areas where parking is permitted but limited to a specified duration.
Disability Parking Space
Any disabled person may park in any disability parking space in Cambridge as long as a Disability Plate or Placard or Cambridge Temporary Disability Parking Permit is displayed.
Cambridge residents who have a disability plate or placard may file an application for a disability space adjacent to their homes.
There are several public parking facilities in Cambridge. The Traffic and Parking Department owns and operates both surface parking lots and two parking garages. This map is designed to show you the Parking Lots and Garages as well as any metered parking spaces in the City.
Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department
344 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: 617-349-4700; Fax: 617-349-4747
Hours: Monday: 8:30am-8pm; Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm; Friday: 8:30am-12pm