If you’re moving to or from Brookline, MA it is probably a good idea to get a parking permit for your move day. Let’s be straightforward here, parking in Brookline is not nearly as much of a mess as it is in parts of Boston like the North End and Beacon Hill, but finding a spot for a large moving truck in Brookline is by no means easy. There are two major reasons to think about getting what the town calls a “Temporary Parking Permit” for your move. Most moving companies performing a local move in Brookline charge based on time. Therefore getting a parking spot for the moving truck near your building is vital in reducing the amount of time your move takes. Secondly, if the truck has to double park or park illegally it will most likely result in a ticket which you will be left paying for. Below is all the information you need on how to obtain a Parking Permit in the Town of Brookline.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you want avoid this time consuming process, DN Van Lines a local Brookline moving company, can obtain and post the parking permits for you for a reasonable cost. As a experienced Brookline mover, this is something we handle on a daily basis.
Where to Obtain Brookline Parking Permit:
Brookline Town Hall
D.P.W. Transportation Division (4th Floor)
333 Washington Street
Brookline MA, 02445
You can’t miss the Brookline Town Hall. It looks like a huge cement cube (look right). Make your way up to the fourth floor where you will find the D.P.W. Transportation Division. Although the office is lightly staffed, we have found that the Town employees are very friendly and want to help. The Transportation Division is one stop shop for all of your parking permit needs. The entire process doesn’t take more than 15 minutes or so as long as clerk isn’t already held up with someone else.
When to Obtain Moving Parking Permit:
The office of the Transportation Division is open 9 to 5 AM on weekdays. You can get the parking permits for your move upto the day before. Make sure to get it a few days before if you are moving on a Sunday or on a holiday as the office will be closed the day prior. Unlike Boston where you are required to post signs 48 hours in advance, in Brookline you are not even allowed to post the “No Parking / Tow Zone” signs until the night before the move at 6 PM. Although it would seem that this would not be a very effective method in giving vehicle owners enough notice to move their cars, it seems to work out fairly well.
How Much Brookline Move Parking Permits Cost:
The “No Parking / Tow Zone” signs cost $5.00 a piece. If you are going to reserve a metered space then there is an additional fee of $10.00 per day per meter. The number of signs you need depends on the amount of space you want reserved which is dictated by the size of the moving truck you have coming. Here are the measurement guidelines:
20’ or Less – 1 Sign
20’ to 40’ – 2 Signs
40’ to 60’ – 3 Signs
60’ to 80’ – 4 Signs
Metered Spaces – 1 Sign per Meter Head
What to do Before your Brookline Mover Arrives:
The Town of Brookline states that you can attach the parking permit signs to only sign poles, meter heads, telephone poles, and trees. The attachment method may include tape, twine, and rope but may not include nails or staples. You must make sure that your reserved parking does not block a drive way or crosswalk. Signs may not be posted within 10’ of fire hydrants and 20’ of intersections. You are also prohibited from covering existing parking permit signs or reusing or altering signs.
On The Day of your Brookline Move:
It is smart to check the reserved parking spots early the day of your move to make sure they have are clear of vehicles. Unfortunately the Town doesn’t give vehicle owners a lot of notice to move their cars so you may need to get the vehicle blocking your spot towed. If this occurs you should contact the following numbers:
Monday through Thursday (8 AM to 5 PM) & Friday (8 AM to 12:30 PM) - 617-730-2230
All other times including weekend and holidays - 617-730-2222
Keep in mind that Brookline will attempt to contact the vehicle owner first to give them a chance to move their vehicle. If they can not reach them then a tow truck will be dispatched. This process can take an hour or more so it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of lead time.
After the Move in Brookline:
After the move is complete make sure to take down the signs you posted. They are only effective during the time you requested them. Make sure to clean the area for moving debris and trash so that you do not get fined by the Town of Brookline.
Brookline Parking Permit Contact Numbers:
Brookline D.P.W. Transportation Division