Always Check Parking Signs
Look in both directions for parking signs.
An arrow on the sign will point to the part of the street that has restricted parking.
If a sign does not have arrows or the arrows point in both directions, the restriction applies to the entire block.
Understand "No Stopping/Standing" Signs
A "No Stopping" sign means that vehicles cannot stand, park, drop-off, pick-up, or load.
A "No Standing" sign means that vehicles cannot park, but they can pick-up, drop-off or load.
Commercial vehicles cannot load or unload in a "No Standing" zone.
Be Aware of Resident Parking
Many streets in Boston neighborhoods limit parking to residents only. A "Resident Parking" sign means that you must have a resident parking permit to park.
Commercial vehicles can park for up to 3 hours on streets with resident parking.
Check Street Cleaning Schedules
Street cleaning happens in most neighborhoods from April 1 through November 30. You can check the street cleaning schedule online and sign up for reminders via email and text.
Understand Parking Meter Rules
Most meters in Boston have a two hour parking limit. After two hours, you can move your vehicle to a new meter if it's on a different block.
If a single space meter isn't working, you can park there for up to one hour for free.
During rush hour, many Downtown meter spaces become an extra travel lane. Read both the meter and signs for a schedule.
Don't Block Sidewalks, Crosswalks, or Intersections
Vehicles, including motorcycles, cannot park on any part of the sidewalk or crosswalk.
Vehicles cannot park within twenty feet of an intersection unless it is at a single space meter. Parking too close to an intersection can prevent someone with a physical disability from using the curb ramp.
Keep Your Inspection Current
In Massachusetts, driving with an expired inspection sticker is a violation of the law. Parked vehicles with expired stickers can receive tickets.
Understand Snow Emergencies and Travel Bans
You cannot park on many main streets during snow emergencies. This restriction makes streets accessible for plows, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles.