Moving is a challenge no matter where you live. Before you even pack a box, let us help you plan your moving day in Boston.
What to know
- There are temporary traffic and parking restrictions in place through Sunday, September 5, 2022, in certain neighborhoods.
- Most leases turn over in Boston at the beginning of September.
- If you plan to hire a moving company, do your research.
- Tell those who need to know about your new address, like the U.S. Postal Service, the Parking Clerk, and utilities and banks.
- Using a moving van? You can reserve a parking spot. You need to apply at least two weeks ahead of your move.
- The default speed limit in Boston is 25 mph. If you don't see a sign, the speed limit is 25 mph.
- Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
- You can’t drive moving trucks on Storrow Drive due to low clearance. The height limit is 10 feet.
- If someone takes the parking spot you reserved for your moving van, call the Boston Police Department at 617-343-4911.
- Check how to get rid of your old couch, TV, moving boxes, and more with our household waste lookup.
Choosing a mover
Planning to use a moving company? You can review them through these agencies.
In Massachusetts, all moving companies must be licensed by the department.
Check whether an interstate mover is properly registered.
Search for registered movers and view a company's history of complaints.
Moving Day parking permits
DO I NEED A MOVING DAY PARKING PERMIT?
It is not legally required, but in some neighborhoods we recommend you get a permit. A one-day (7 a.m.- 5 p.m.) permit will allow you to reserve a parking space. This is a courtesy to your new neighbors. You'll also ensure that your vehicle is parked legally.
APPLICATION AND FEES
The typical fee is $80 to $120. You can pay by check, money order, or a Visa, Mastercard, or Discover debit or credit card. To apply in person, you'll need to visit the Parking Clerk's Office on the second floor of City Hall. Learn more about the in-person permit process.
Get rid of trash
Be sure to dispose of your waste properly in your new neighborhood.
Learn the rules
We have information on trash pickups, leaf and yard waste, composting, and much more. Find out everything you need to know about trash and recycling in the City of Boston through our guide:
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR OLD FUTON
Look up your item to figure out if it can be recycled, trashed, or needs a special, free pick-up by the City. Proper trash disposal eliminates waste on the streets, keeps sidewalks clear, and decreases pests.
Several Greater Boston organizations arrange a free pickup of your good-condition furniture or goods, including:
Rental unit requirementsRental requirements
What does a rental need to have?
When a new tenant moves in, rental units must meet certain minimum requirements. If your home falls short, we can help.
A rental must include heat, adequate exits, and toilets. The unit can’t have any defects that could harm renters, like fire hazards and other dangers.
A rental must be free of garbage and other waste.
If the property owner doesn’t live in the building, they need to make their contact information visible.
Property owners must maintain functioning carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
Your new neighborhood
Our tools will help you get to know your new Boston neighborhood.
LEARN ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Enter your property address to get detailed information about your community, such as the nearest library or community center. You can even find out what day we pick up your trash or where to vote.
These neighborhood contacts work to make sure you have access to the City's services. They can also connect you to the Mayor's office.