Moving Later in the Day? Keep your Boston Moving Permits Valid until 8pm!

Boston Moving Permits: Two Options for Times

As we’ve mentioned before, Boston Moving Permits are helpful no matter where in Boston your move takes place. However, if you decide to get moving permits on your own, whether at City Hall or by using the City’s website, you’ll usually get permits valid from 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

While that might work for most moves, sometimes you want to be safe beyond the 5:00 p.m. cutoff. For example, let’s say your moving company is scheduled to arrive at your origin location some time between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Well, if their first move runs a little long, they might not get to you until just before 4:00. At this point, it’s unlikely that you’ll get to your unload before 5:00 p.m. And at that point the meters will be off.

What to do?

Request Boston Moving Permits for 12:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.

Technically, when requesting Boston Moving Permits, you have two options for when they will be valid. The first option is the default one: 7:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. on the day of the move. This is the most common, and many people don’t realize it’s not the only option.

If you’re moving in the afternoon and want a little more protection in case your movers might not show up until after 5:00, you can ask City Hall to have your permits enforceable from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (But remember — if you want the later permits, you must request them in person. This option is not currently available online.)

Basically, if you expect to start your move after 2:00 p.m. or so, we recommend the later permit times. Because once those permits stop being valid, anybody can come home for work and take the spots you paid to reserve. Now you’re stuck with a double-parked moving truck and you’re losing light. Do yourself a favor and make sure your Boston Moving Permits fit the move you’ve booked.

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