Do I Need A Parking Permit?

Parking permits for moving equipment

Parking permits are usually one of the most overlooked details when preparing a long-distance move, but they’re also one of the most important. And because planning and packing can be hectic, you don’t want the added worry of wondering whether or not parking is available at your new residence. Save yourself some time and stress by determining if you’ll need permission to park the moving equipment and then arranging for it in advance.  

Image showing streets of Boston, a place where you need a permit to park a moving truck.


FAQs about temporary parking permits 

What is a parking permit?

A parking permit is a document issued by a city that gives you permission to park on the street for a certain period of time. In some locations, it’s a temporary sign that you or the city places in the parking area. It reserves the space from being used by others and lets the city know that the truck, trailer or container is allowed to be there.  

Do I need one?​

Whether you’re driving a rental truck or are having a moving service like U-Pack® drive for you, a permit may be necessary if you plan to park the equipment:

  • At an apartment complex or storage facility
  • On the street
  • On a private driveway intersected by a public sidewalk
  • In a residential area with a Home Owners Association (HOA)

Because parking regulations differ in all locations, you’ll want to determine if a permit is needed prior to moving day. A quick online search can help you find this information, or just contact the correct department or personnel. This could be the street department, licensing and permitting department, police department or department of temporary signs. Or you may need to just simply ask your HOA, facility manager or landlord.  

How do I get a parking permit?

After determining if a parking permit is necessary, you’ll need to apply for one either in person, online or by phone at your city’s designated office. Most towns will require you to get a permit a few days up to a few weeks in advance — so don’t wait until the last minute. This allows you enough time to post the signs so that others know when it’s unavailable. Even if one isn’t needed, we recommend letting your neighbors know when the equipment is coming as a courtesy. If you’re moving long distance, be sure to ask about how to reserve the spot before you arrive. 

What are the benefits?

Obtaining a parking permit for the moving equipment has many benefits. The document:  

  • Ensures the trailer or container has a guaranteed place to park on moving day
  • Keeps you from getting tickets or paying fines (including towing)
  • Ensures you have a safe, clear area for loading and unloading
  • Ensures you have easy access to your new home or building
  • Notifies others not to park there during the posted times

What is the cost?

Prices vary depending on where you’re moving to and from. While some cities may not charge anything, others may charge a couple hundred dollars. Rates can be found online or by calling the city office that issues the permits.

Major cities and their parking regulations

Parking a moving truck or container in rural areas or small towns is usually easy. But, when it comes to major cities where daily parking is already limited, a parking permit is typically required. Below is a list of the 10 largest U.S. cities by population and their parking regulations:

  • New York City 
    If you’re moving to the Big Apple, permits are not required for the actual move, but could be required for parking the equipment. Contact the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT). 

  • Los Angeles
    Only certain zip codes in LA require a parking permit, so be sure to contact the DOT

  • Phoenix
    Requirements vary based on location. Contact the City of Phoenix

  • Chicago
    A parking permit is required anytime a vehicle larger than 16 feet in length will be parked on a city street for more than one hour. Contact the City of Chicago for additional information. 

  • Houston
    You’ll need to check with the Parking Management for your specific location.

  • Philadelphia
    If the equipment will be parked on a city street, Philadelphia requires you to fill out a permit application

  • San Antonio
    Permits are required in the downtown area only. Contact the Right-of-Way Management Division to ask about your location and request a temporary parking permit. 

  • San Diego
    Contact the City of San Diego to determine whether or not a parking permit is needed. 

  • Dallas
    Check with Dallas Parking Enforcement and Management

  • San Jose 
    Call the San Jose DOT to inquire about whether or not a parking permit is necessary for your location.

U-Pack parking rules

Parking permit needs can also depend on which moving service you use and the equipment they offer. If you’re moving with U-Pack, you’ll have two equipment options — a moving trailer or a ReloCube®.  Here are the parking requirements of each:  

Trailer. The moving trailer is 28’ long and comes with a 14’ ramp. You will need at least 40’ (or 3-4 parking spaces) for loading/unloading.  Learn more about trailer parking.

ReloCube. The CubeTM is 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH) and only requires one standard-size parking space. This is an ideal option for moves to bigger cities where parking is limited. Learn more about ReloCube parking.   

With either option, you’ll have three days to load and then three days to unload. If your location doesn’t allow overnight parking, U-Pack offers these alternative solutions:

  • Live load. A scenario where the driver stays with the equipment until it’s fully loaded or loaded.

  • Same-day drop-off and pick-up. A situation where the equipment is dropped off that morning and picked up that evening.  

  • Terminal-to-terminal. This option is where you load or unload your items at a local terminal. And though it may take a little more time and effort, it can save you up to $300 on your U-Pack move.

For more information about these options and how parking with U-Pack works, call a moving specialist at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.  

Have other questions?

If you have additional questions or concerns about parking permits for moving equipment where you live, leave a comment below and we’ll answer shortly. We’re always happy to help!