Welcome to ParkSomerville!

City of Somerville: Department of Traffic and ParkingParking is an important part of living in Somerville. The Traffic and Parking Department works with other departments in the City to make sure that all public roads are safe and accessible. On this page, you’ll find helpful information about parking tickets, permits, street sweeping, and more.

Our department enforces parking and traffic regulations through road signage, parking meters, and other methods. We help departments like Planning, Public Works, and Police and Fire on all matters related to traffic and parking. Working with the City’s Traffic Commission, we also help create rules and regulations for using the City’s roads.

If you’re new to Somerville, visit our New Residents 101 Guide to find information on getting settled.

Click here for a map of detours and construction in the City.


  • Parking Tickets, Booting, & Towing

  • Permits: Resident, Visitor, Business, & More

  • Parking Meters

  • Street Sweeping

  • Snow Emergencies

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Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England. There are more cars per square mile in Somerville than there are in Boston and Cambridge. To be exact, there is one vehicle for every 1.6 Somerville residents. As you can imagine, we take our parking policies and regulations seriously. The sections below will help you figure out what to do if you get a ticket.

Online: Before you use the online system to pay your ticket, there are a few things you need to know:

  • You’ll need your ticket or license plate number and a valid credit card to pay online. We accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.
  • Don’t include spaces or hyphens when you enter the ticket number. You must include the two-letter prefix before the ticket number (e.g. 'SX' or 'SO') without spaces. Example: 'SX123456789'
  • Include your email address on the form if you want payment confirmation. Or, you can print the confirmation screen by hitting the print button on your browser.
  • If you think the ticket was issued in error, you can appeal your ticket (see the next section), but paying a ticket waives your right to an appeal. Once paid, you cannot request a refund or appeal.
  • If you need additional help, call us at 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside of Somerville).

By Mail: You can pay by mail using a check or money order. Include your vehicle license plate number and violation number in the memo field. Make checks payable to 'Somerville Parking Clerk', and mail payments to:

City of Somerville
PO Box 9102
Somerville, MA 02143-9102

By Phone: Call 1-844-807-9069 to pay your parking ticket by phone using a credit or debit card.

In Person: Visit the Traffic and Parking Department to pay with cash, check, money order, credit card, or debit card:

Traffic and Parking Department
133 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Please note: Handwritten tickets issued by Somerville Police may not be available for payment online or by phone but can always be paid by mail or in person. Contact 311 with any questions.

You can appeal a ticket quickly and easily online! Here are a few tips:

  • You can upload up to 3 documents to support your appeal.
  • If you decide you want to pay your ticket online instead, you'll be given a link to do so.
  • If you don't pay or appeal a parking ticket within 21 days...
    • Late fees may be added to the ticket amount.
    • We will schedule an in-person appeal hearing for you automatically.
    • You'll receive a late notice and appeal date in the mail approximately 45 days after the ticket was issued.

Please note: Handwritten tickets issued by Somerville Police may not be available for appeal online or by phone but can always be appealed by mail or in person. Contact 311 with any questions.

You can also appeal your ticket by mail. Send a copy of the ticket (along with a signed operator statement and any supporting documents) to Traffic and Parking, 133 Holland Street, Somerville, MA 02144. A decision will be mailed to you within 4 to 6 weeks.

If you choose to appeal your ticket by mail or online, there will be no further right of appeal unless you have additional evidence to produce within 10 days of the hearing decision. If you wish to speak to a hearing officer in person, please wait for a hearing notice to be generated. As long as you attend your hearing, you will not be responsible for any late fees incurred. Once you receive your hearing date, if you are not able to attend, please call 311 to reschedule.

Your vehicle may be booted if you have 5 or more unpaid parking tickets that have gone past their hearing dates. Here’s what you can do:

  • You’ll need to pay the entire balance on the booted vehicle as well as any other vehicle registered to the same owner to get a release. You may pay the balance(s) in full at the Traffic & Parking Department (no personal checks), online, or over the phone (1-844-807-9069).
  • Once we process your payment, you’ll need to visit our office to pick up a vehicle release form.
  • After you get the release form, contact Pat’s Towing (617-776-5810) to have an employee meet you at your vehicle to remove the boot. You’ll need to pay a boot removal fee of $97.00 in cash.
  • If you don’t get the boot removed within 48 hours, your vehicle will be towed. The towing fee is $93.00, and the storage fee is $35.00 per day. Both are payable to Pat’s Towing. 


We work carefully to balance parking between visitors, businesses, and residents. To help make sure everyone gets a fair chance at finding a spot, we have an array of parking options and permits. The sections below will help you find the right permit for your needs.

You’ll need to get a resident parking permit for your car. New residents can get a temporary permit for free. Here’s how:

  • You can apply online here. Or, you can print out this application and bring it to the Traffic and Parking Department.
  • You’ll need a copy of your vehicle registration showing that your car is garaged in Somerville. You can find the steps to amending your registration here.
  • You’ll also need proof of residency, like a gas or electric bill. Leases only count as proof for temporary permits. Find more information about what we’ll accept as proof here.
  • The temporary permit is valid for up to 30 days. After that, you’ll need to get a resident parking permit, which costs $40. The City is divided into eight zones, and permits are valid for up to one year (depending on the date of the permit purchase and the zone's expiration date).
  • For more information, click here.

If you’re a Somerville resident, you can get up to two visitor parking passes for your guests. Here’s how:

  • You’ll need your proof of residency to apply.
  • You can apply for the guest pass online, in person, or by mail. If you plan to apply by mail or in person, you’ll need to fill out this application.
  • If you apply in person, we can process the permit right away. If you apply by mail, we’ll mail the permit to you within 10 business days of receiving your application.
  • The fee is $20 for a two-day permit and $40 for a three-day permit. Permits for seniors over 65 and for drivers with handicap plates are free.
  • The City is divided into eight zones, and permits are valid for up to one year (depending on the date of the permit purchase and the zone's expiration date).
  • Click here to learn more.
  • If you’re looking for a different type of visitor pass, like an extended pass or a healthcare professional pass, see “Other Permits” below.

Residential parking permits are valid for one year. After that, you’ll need to renew your permit. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Residential permit renewals are $40 each. Visitor permit renewals are $20 each for two-day passes and $40 each for 3-day passes. There is no charge for seniors over 65 or for vehicles with handicap plates.
  • You can renew your permit online using your previous permit number.
  • You can also renew your permit by mail. Just make sure you pay any outstanding tickets first. You’ll need to mail in your renewal application at least 21 days before the permit expires. Renewals are open three months prior to the expiration of the current permits.
  • If you moved in the past year, you may renew your permit in person at 133 Holland St. Our hours are Mon., Tue., and Wed.: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thurs.: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Fri. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Following a move, you may also renew online but you must first create a new account online. You cannot update the address of an existing account.

Somerville employers and employees can get parking passes for themselves or for nanny/childcare purposes. Since you can’t apply online, you’ll need to know a few things first:

  • You’ll need a copy of your vehicle registration (must be MA or a neighboring state), a copy of a payroll stub or letter of employment, and a check or money order if you’re paying by mail.
  • You can apply in person, by mail, or by email. You’ll need to submit this application with your other paperwork. If you apply by email, you can pay in person when you pick up the permit.  
  • The fee is $150/year for on-street parking and Magoun Square lots. The permit is valid for one year.
  • The fee for Davis Square lots is $100/month. You can buy 3, 6, and 12-month packages.
  • If shifts are longer than 10 hours, you’ll need to pay the cost for two permits.
  • Click here for more information.

You can get a business visitor pass for your clients or customers, or if you have a short-term employee. Here’s how:

  • You’ll need to prove that you’re the owner of the business. Company letterhead and business cards are acceptable forms of proof. You’ll also need a check or money order if you apply by mail.
  • You can apply in person, by mail, or by email. You’ll need to submit this application with your other paperwork. If you apply by email, you can pay in person when you pick up the permit.  
  • The fee is $200 for a one-year pass and $50 for a three-month pass.
  • If shifts are longer than 10 hours, you’ll need to pay the cost of two permits.
  • Click here for more information.

We offer a variety of parking permits for different needs. Below, you’ll find links to applications and additional information for each.

Building Contractor Permit
Application | More Info
If you’re a contractor working on a project in Somerville, you can get a Building Contractor Permit for $35 per month.

Commercial/Contractor Vehicle Permit
Application | More Info
Contractors, handymen, plumbers, electricians, and others making commercial service calls can get permits for $35 per month. Vehicles do not need to be registered in Somerville. Day use only.

Consideration Permit
Application | More Info
If you’re planning an event at your home and there isn’t enough parking on-street, you can get a Consideration Permit at no cost. A visitor pass or proof of residency is required.

Extended Visitor Permit
Apply Online | Application | More Info
Need more than a 2 or 3-day visitor permit? The cost for extended visitor permits is $25 for 3-7 days, and $35 for a 30-day permit.

Handicapped Parking Spaces
Application | More Info
Drivers with disabilities who do not have access to off-street parking can get permanent Handicapped Parking Spaces at no cost.

Health Care/Home Professional Permit
Application | More Info
If you are a home health care provider for a Somerville resident, you can get a Health Care/Home Professional Permit for $40 per year.

Landlord Permit (9 or Fewer Properties)
Application | More Info
If you’re a landlord and you live outside of Somerville, you can get a Landlord Permit for your property for $60 per year.

Landlord Permit (10 or More Properties)
Application | More Info
If you’re a landlord who lives outside of Somerville and you have 10 or more properties, you can get a Landlord Permit for all of them for $100 per year.

Landlord Viewing Permit
Application | More Info
You can get a Landlord Viewing Permit to lend to potential renters who want to see your property. The cost is $60 per year.

Loading Zone Request
Application | More Info
You can ask the City to create space for a business loading zone by filing a Loading Zone Request.

Medical Care Permits
Application | More Info
Caretakers of Somerville residents can get Medical Care Permits for $40 per year.

Military Parking Permit
Application | More Info
Military personnel on orders living in Somerville can get Military Parking Permits for free.

Moving Van or Container
Application | More Info
If you’re moving to the City, you can reserve street space for your Moving Van or Container. The cost is $40 per day for up to three days.

Private Way Petition
Application | More Info
You can authorize the City to tow any vehicles that park on your private property by filing a Private Way Petition.

Professional Artist Permit
Application | More Info
If you have a studio space in Somerville, you can get a Professional Artist Permit for $75 per year.

Residential Commercial Vehicle Permit (Day Use Only)
Application | More Info
Residents driving commercial vehicles without decals or markings can get Residential Commercial Vehicle Day Permits for $50 per year.

Realtor Permit
Application | More Info
You can get a Realtor Permit if you’re a Realtor showing properties in Somerville. The cost is $60 per year.

Religious Organizations
Application | More Info
Religious organizations can get permits for their patrons for $40 per year.

Rental Vehicle Permit
Apply Online (must have resident permit) | Application | More Info
If you’re a resident and you have a temporary rental car, you can get a Rental Vehicle Permit. The cost is $20 per year for a 30-day permit. There’s no charge if you have a resident permit and are listed as the renter.

Residential Commercial Vehicle Permit (Overnight)
Application | More Info
You can get a Residential-Commercial Vehicle Permit if you have an unmarked commercial vehicle for personal use. The cost is $25 per year.

Small Event Permits
Application | More Info
If you’re a resident and need extra parking for a special event at your home, you can get Small Event Permits for $1 per permit, per day (up to three days).

Traffic Calming Program Petition
Application | More Info

Valet Parking Permit
If your business offers valet parking, you’ll need to renew your Valet Parking Permit each year.


Meter Basics

Meters are active Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Parking is free on Sundays and all holidays. Meters cost $1 per hour; at a rate of $0.25 for 15 minutes.

To avoid getting a ticket, make sure you park in a spot that has enough time for however long you plan to stay. Generally, curbside spots in front of stores allow parking for up to two hours. You can identify these spots by looking for the yellow band on the meter post. Off-street lots allow for parking up to three hours. These meters will have an orange band on the meter post.

Remember to be considerate when parking in the City. Please park within the lines and avoid parking in handicapped spots, crosswalks, loading zones, and bus stops. Parking Control Officers and Somerville Police are always on the lookout for people violating the parking regulations.

Parking kiosks replace traditional single-space meters and serve multiple spaces. On the street, one kiosk can serve about 10 spaces. In the parking lots, kiosks can serve the whole lot. Pay digital meters/kiosks with quarters, debit or credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover) or the Parkmobile app (iOS/Android/Windows Phone.). Click here for a guide to paying at a kiosk with a credit card.

Click here to view a map of public, metered parking lots in Davis Square.

Please report vandalized or broken meters to the City. You can report a broken meter by dialing 311 or emailing [email protected]. Make sure you provide the meter location and ID number.

ParkMobile App

Drivers in Somerville can pay for parking at meters/kiosks in the city by using Parkmobile’s smartphone app available for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones, or by calling 877PARK717 (877-727-5717) toll-free from any phone (no smartphone needed).

To use Parkmobile’s mobile payment system, customers download the mobile app in their phone’s app store or register a new account at www.parkmobile.com associated with a credit card. Once registered, they may use the mobile app, internet, or a toll-free number to pay for parking.

After setting up their account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone. Each City parking meter will have a Parkmobile sticker that includes a number and a QR code. Customers either enter the number into the Parkmobile app or after calling the toll-free number, or scan the QR code with their smartphone, and choose how long they wish to park. A countdown timer in the app will show how much time is remaining on the meter and allow quick and easy extension of parking time.

In addition to the convenience of not needing to carry coins for meters, Parkmobile app users can opt to receive notifications 15 minutes prior to their session expiring, allowing them to add parking time remotely by phone and avoid potential meter violations and fines. Parkmobile’s service may be utilized at all on- and off-street public parking spaces throughout the city.


Somerville ParkCards are reloadable cards that store money for you to use at any meter that doesn't accept credit cards. They’re a convenient and cashless way to pay and can be kept in your wallet or vehicle.

You can buy a ParkCard at the Traffic and Parking Department (133 Holland St.). You can reload your card at the Traffic and Parking Department as well. You can buy and reload your card in $20 or $50 increments.

ParkCards don’t expire! You can use them as many times as you like for as long as you like, provided there’s money on the card.

Unfortunately, we can’t replace cards because we have no way of knowing how much money was on it, or if someone else is using it. The ParkCard is just like cash and should be treated that way.

You can use your card at Somerville municipal lots and any parking meters that do not accept credit cards.

If for some reason your card isn’t working at the meter, you’ll need to use another method of payment. Unfortunately, a malfunctioning ParkCard isn’t a valid reason for not paying the meter fee.

Insert your card into the meter with the chip side up to see how much money is left on your card. The meter will then automatically deduct the maximum time limit from your card.

To be refunded for unused time at the meter, simply re-insert your ParkCard, and the meter will reimburse you for unused time. Refunds are not available for coin-operated parking meters or when paying with a debit or credit card.

A meter is considered broken when no forms of payment are being accepted at the meter (S. 5-9.5 Traffic Commission Rules and Regulations). Please report broken meters to 311 (617-666-3311 from outside of the City).

About the Program

Our street cleaning program is essential to keep the City clean and reduce the risk of flooding and icing from storm drain backup. After Somerville experienced flash flooding in 2010, this program became more important than ever.

Streets signs show the time and date when there’s no parking due to street sweeping. We use a pattern to help residents plan ahead. For example, the first and third Thursday of each month etc. Street sweeping season runs from April 1st to December 31st. You can see the street sweeping schedule for your neighborhood below. You can sign up here to receive email reminders and/or emergency phone calls about your neighborhood.

Look Up Your Street's Sweeping Schedule

Find out what to do with your car during a snow emergency: Check out the Somerville Winter Guide!

A green Saab is just barely visible beneath a snow drift.