Do I Need A Parking Permit?

Check on parking for moving day

If you’re moving and plan on parking the moving equipment anywhere except your private driveway, you’ll need to see if your city or neighborhood requires a permit. Take a look at the reasons you might need a parking permit, then find out how to get one and what to do if you can’t find a parking solution.

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


What is a parking permit?

Parking permits are documents that allow parking on the street or other restricted area for a certain time period. They keep you from getting ticketed or towed and can ensure you have a safe, clear area for loading or unloading. In some circumstances, you simply keep a copy to prove you’ve gotten permission, but in others you, the landlord or the city will place a sign in the parking area to reserve the space ahead of time.

When would I need one?

Whether you’re driving a rental truck or using a service like U-Pack®, a permit may be necessary if you plan on parking the equipment:

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

Regulations can vary by city and neighborhood, so be sure to think about needs on both ends of your move!

How to get a permit and reserve parking for moving day

Check the rules for your move

A quick online search can often tell you if a permit is required (search your city + parking permits), or you might need to call the street department, licensing and permitting department, police department or department of temporary signs. If you won't be parking on city property, check with your HOA, facility manager or landlord.

Not sure where to start? We’ve included information about who to contact in major cities at the bottom of this post.

Know how much space and time you’ll need

Before you apply, figure out how much space you’ll need for parking. If you’re moving with U-Pack, we have a guide to help you plan for parking, or check the dimensions of whatever equipment you’re using. This will help the city determine how much space you’ll need. Don’t forget to plan for overnight parking or multiple days’ use, if applicable.

Apply for any permits

After determining if a parking permit is necessary, you’ll need to apply for one either in person, online or over the phone at your city’s designated office. The process and price will vary depending on where you’re moving to and from. Rates are usually determined by the space and time needed, so contact the city office to determine what yours will cost.

Save the space

If your permit allows you to save parking spaces, pay close attention to the timeline. You may be required to put up the signs as early as 72 hours in advance.

Need alternatives to street parking?

If your location doesn’t allow for ample space or overnight parking, U-Pack has alternatives that might work:

  • Live load. In areas where parking is an issue, the driver can stay with the equipment for a window of time (2 or 4 hours, typically) while you load or unload.
  • Same-day drop-off and pickup. We can arrange drop-off in the morning and pick up that evening in some locations (with prior approval from the service center).
  • Service center loading or unloading. Don’t worry about parking at all. Instead, bring your items to a service center and load (or unload) them there, saving you lots of money.

Learn more about our alternative delivery options to see if one might work for your situation. If you’d like to find out what’s available in your location, call one of our moving specialists at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.

Who to contact in some of the major cities

If you’re moving from one of the largest cities in the U.S. or a city that often requires a permit, here are some contacts to get you started:

  • Atlanta, GA: Check with the Atlanta Office of Transportation Parking Services Team to find out if you need a permit at your location.
  • Boise, ID: Contact the Department of Finance and Administration to see if a permit is required at your address.
  • Boston, MA: You can apply online for one-day parking permits, but you must go to the Office of the Parking Clerk for overnight permits. Note that their office hours may be limited due to the pandemic, and some areas in the city designated for outdoor dining may be off-limits.
  • Charleston, SC: According to the regulations, you can apply via email or fax with the Department of Traffic and Transportation due to limited in-person business. Call them to get started.  
  • Chicago, IL: Depending on the part of the city, you may need a permit or may be able to purchase signs to reserve spaces. Contact the City of Chicago to find out if you need one in your area.
  • Dallas, TX: Check with Dallas Parking Enforcement and Management.
  • Denver, CO: If you’re blocking the street or sidewalk, you’ll need a permit from the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Des Moines, IA: Check with City Hall to determine if you need a permit for your location and equipment.
  • Detroit, MI: Find out if you need a permit by contacting the Department of Public Works.
  • Houston, TX: You’ll need to check with the Parking Management for your specific location.
  • Los Angeles, CA: Certain zip codes may need a permit — contact the DOT to verify requirements for your address.  
  • Nashville, TN: Check with the Department of Public Works to find out if you need a permit to reserve spaces or park the moving equipment.
  • New York City, NY: Permits may be required to park the equipment or save spaces. Contact the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT).
  • Orlando, FL: You may need a permit to park storage containers. Check with the Orange County Zoning Division.
  • Philadelphia, PA: If the equipment will be parked on a city street, Philadelphia requires you to fill out a permit application.
  • Phoenix, AZ: Requirements vary based on location. Contact the City of Phoenix Streets Department. 
  • Portland, OR: You can apply online to reserve parking in a non-metered area.
  • Salt Lake City, UT: Apply for permits online with the Transportation Department.
  • San Antonio, TX: 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, CA: Contact the City of San Diego to determine whether a parking permit is needed. 
  • San Francisco, CA: Apply for temporary signage to reserve spaces with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
  • San Jose, CA: Call the San Jose DOT to see if a parking permit is necessary for your location.
  • Santa Monica, CA: Some areas require parking permits. Check your address with the City of Santa Monica.
  • Seattle, WA: While offices are closed to in-person visits, you can apply online.
  • Washington, D.C.: Use this guide for step-by-step instructions for applying for a parking permit with the DC DOT.
  • West Hollywood, CA: Permits may be required for trucks over 24’, and they allow you to reserve spaces. Contact the City of West Hollywood to apply.

Have questions about parking permits?

If you have concerns about parking the moving equipment or applying for permits, leave a comment below, and we’ll be happy to help.