Who wouldn’t want to move to Somerville? It’s a city with a lot of charm and character with easy access to Boston. The better question is, “how do I make my move to Somerville bearable?” One of the biggest stresses when you move is finding parking space for the moving truck. Although in general finding parking in Somerville is not nearly as difficult as it is in parts of Boston like the North End and Beacon Hill, parking in certain parts of Somerville can be a real nightmare. There are two major reasons to think about getting what the city calls a “Moving Van / No Parking Sign” for your move. Most moving companies performing a local move in Somerville or the vicinity charge based on an hourly rate. Therefore getting a parking spot for the moving truck near your building is vital in reducing the amount of hours 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.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you want avoid this time consuming process, DN Van Lines, a local Somerville moving company, can obtain and post the parking permits for you for a reasonable cost. Since we perform moves in Somerville on a daily basis, we know what we’re doing when it comes to Somerville moving truck parking permits.
Still, if you decide to it on your own, below is all the information you need to know on how to obtain a Parking Permit in the City of Somerville:
Where to Obtain Somverville Permit:
City of Somerville MA
Department of Traffic and Parking
133 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02143
The Dept of Traffic and Parking in Somerville is not as swanky as that of other cities around Boston. It is a single level brick building next to a playground with an overhead rolling gate on the front door. It does have a large sign on it letting you know you’re at the right place. To avoid any possible confusion take a look at the picture of the front of the building.
There is one major difference between Somerville and Boston when it comes to acquiring move day parking permits. You don’t actually have to go in person. The City allows you to fill out an application form and send it to the address above along with payment to acquire the parking permits via snail mail. A copy of the Somverville moving van parking permit application can be found here.
When to Obtain the Move Day Permit:
If you’re going to purchase the move day parking permit in the mail it must reach the Traffic and Parking department at least 4 days prior to when you what the parking reserved. They recommend sending out the application at least 2 weeks in advance of your move date. If you decide to apply early, permits requested by mail will be available for pickup within ten days after the application is received.
In order to avoid the common excuse of “the paperwork must have been lost in the mail” and the chaos that is sure to follow, we strongly suggest getting applying for the parking permit in person. Parking permits which are applied for in person are processed and produced immediately meaning you don’t have to wait! The city requires you to post signs at least 48 hours prior to your move date so plan on going to get the move day permits at least 3 days in advance. The Somerville Traffic and Parking department keeps the following hours:
Mon, Tue, Wed: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Fridays: 9:00 AM to Noon
How Much a Somverville Parking Permit Costs:
Somerville charges a minimum permit for of $40 per day. If you need parking space for you moving truck for more than a day, you will have to pay $40 for each day. The “Moving Van / No Parking” signs themselves cost $5.00 a piece. The city requires one sign for each 10 feet you are reserving. Most moving trucks are 20 to 30 feet so plan on getting at least 2 signs, but most likely 3.
If you are going to reserve space in front of a parking meter space prepare for some steep additional fees. Each meter you take up with your reserved parking will cost you $35 per day. In addition to this you will have to pay a onetime $35 meter bagging fee (regardless of how many meters). Given all of this you can spend well over $100 getting a parking permit for your move. Although this seems like a lot, it is still worth it and will save you money in the long run.
Other Things to Know Before Your Move:
Just like in Boston, you must post the Somerville parking permit signs at least 48 hours in advance of your move. If you do not, then vehicles parked in your reserved parking will not be towed. You can only reserve legal parking spaces for your move, not just any space where a moving truck can park. Certain narrow streets that will not have 12 feet of passage space if a moving truck is parked on them are barred from move day parking permit parking. If a tractor-trailer is being used on your move, the trailer must remain attached to the tractor to avoid violating the city’s “Unattached Trailer Ordinance.”
On The Day of your Somerville 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. If you find vehicles parked there when your moving truck arrives you should call the Somerville Police Non-Emergency Hotline at 617-625-1212 and give them your information and they will dispatch an officer. Keep in mind that the officer will attempt to contact the vehicle owner first to give them a chance to move their vehicle. If he 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:
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 City of Somerville.