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 $104.00, 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 to apply for these permits:

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 at 133 Holland St., 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. Renewals are open three months prior to the expiration of the current permits. Make sure you pay any outstanding tickets first. 
  • If you moved in the past year, you may renew your permit in person at 133 Holland St. Our hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. to 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 at 133 Holland St., 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.

Please note that because space is limited, we cannot guarantee that all permit requests can be fulfilled.

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 at 133 Holland St., 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.

Please note that because space is limited, we cannot guarantee that all permit requests can be fulfilled.

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. To get an overnight parking permit for unmarked commercial vehicles registered in Somerville, scroll down to the Residential Commercial Vehicle Overnight Permit section.

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.

Handicap Parking Spaces
Application | More Info
Drivers with disabilities who do not have access to off-street parking can get permanent Handicap Parking Spaces at no cost. To learn about how you can obtain a handicap parking placard or plate, click here

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 Caretaker Permit
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 Overnight Permit
Application | More Info
Residents driving commercial vehicles for personal use without commercial decals or markings can get a Residential Commercial Vehicle Overnight Permit (12-6 a.m.) for $25 per 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: Pay By App or Phone Call

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.

If you don't have the Parkmobile app, you can still pay by phone at any Parkmobile site by calling this number: (877) 727-5717 (877-PARK-717).

Please note: If you are parking in Somerville, MA you must use only the number listed above. If you are parking in Somerville and call the Parkmobile number for any other city or venue, the parking control officers will not see your parking payment and you may be ticketed or towed.

The credit cards accepted by the pay-by-phone system are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Users who register with Parkmobile online or through the app can also have their parking charges applied to their PayPal account or Parkmobile Wallet.

You can not stop a session once started. You must select the amount of time you want in advance and pay for that time with your credit card. If you chose more time than you needed, you will not be able to stop the session or get a refund.

You are able to extend your parking time, if you see that you need more than the amount you initially paid for, as long as you haven't already chosen the meter maximum. Example: If the meter maximum is 2 hours, and you chose 1 hour, you can then extend your session before it expires for an additional hour. Note that extensions are separate transactions, and therefore each extension carries a transaction fee as well.

There is no cost to register online or through the app, and we urge pay-by-phone customers to do so prior to parking to avoid the $5 fee that may be charged by registering with a support agent by phone.

The transaction fees for this area are as follows:

  • Basic Membership: $0.50 per transaction
  • ParkmobilePro Membership: $0.45 per transaction
  • Corporate Membership: $0.45 per transaction

Parkmobile payments do not integrate with the meters in this area. While your payment will not show on the meter, the officer will use your license plate number and zone number to view your Parkmobile payment on a handheld device. As such, please make sure to add any additional license plate numbers to your account before creating a parking session in order to make sure your parking transactions are correctly created.

Zone numbers are a critical part of your transaction and must be recorded correctly in order for your parking session to be identified correctly by the parking enforcement officers. Zone numbers can vary by street, area, or meter. You MUST identify your Parkmobile zone number from the green Parkmobile signage located in your parking area to ensure you start your session correctly.

In the parking areas in Somerville, MA zone numbers range from 1401 to 14157.

Parkmobile does not own, operate, manage or enforce the parking areas. They do not issue tickets and cannot excuse them for you. Instead, please follow the instructions below for appealing a ticket within the City of Somerville. You can log on to your Personal Pages online at www.parkmobile.com to obtain a receipt for your parking session.

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.

To dispute a citation, follow the instructions on the ticket or go to www.parksomerville.com. You can log on to your Personal Pages online at www.parkmobile.com to obtain a receipt for your parking session.

 

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!

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