Traffic and Parking
Street parking in our neighborhood is free to residents who have resident parking stickers. Many of the parking spaces in the South End are regulated as “Resident Parking Only”, and a smaller number of spaces are posted as “Visitor Parking” for guests of neighborhoods’ residents.

Resident Parking Stickers: a properly displayed resident parking permit is required to park in a “Resident Parking Only” space.  Residents, including students, can get a parking permit for the first time by appearing in person between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Office of the Parking Clerk, Room 224, Boston City Hall. Parking permits are issued at no charge, and are valid for two years; thereafter they may be renewed online.

To obtain a permit you must present the following information/documentation:

  • A valid Massachusetts auto registration indicating that your car is registered and principally garaged in your name at your current South End address.
  •  A proof of residency, such as a current utility bill, credit card statement, lease agreement, or monthly bank statement bearing your name and Beacon Hill address.  The proof of residency must be postmarked or signed within the past 30 days.
  • *Also, any and all outstanding tickets must be paid.

For more information, including information regarding rental cars, handicap parking, or to renew online; visit The City of Boston here.

Visitor Parking: 2 hour free South End Visitor parking spaces are located at the ends of most side streets. Vehicles without South End Resident Stickers may park here for up to 2 hours on Monday-Friday between 8AM and 4PM. Non-residents may park in these spaces for free between 4PM-8AM on Monday-Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Residents may park in these spaces as well, but must adhere to the time restrictions in order to avoid being ticketed.
Metered Parking: Parking Meter Spaces are available on Tremont Street and Columbus Avenue between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Vehicles may park for up to two hours without incurring a violation.  Between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., metered spaces revert to free parking unless a sign indicates otherwise.

Unfortunately, at some point a resident, or a resident’s guest or contractor, is likely to receive a parking ticket. For information on fines and how to deal with them, visit The City of Boston here.