Welcome to ParkSomerville!
Parking is an important part of living in Somerville. The Parking Department works with other departments in the City to make sure that all public roads are safe and accessible. On this page, you’ll find helpful information about parking tickets, permits, street sweeping, and more.
Our department enforces parking and traffic regulations through road signage, parking meters, and other methods. We help departments like Planning, Public Works, and Police and Fire on all matters related to traffic and parking. Working with the City’s Traffic Commission, we also help create rules and regulations for using the City’s roads.
If you’re new to Somerville, visit our New Residents 101 Guide to find information on getting settled.
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Parking Tickets, Booting, & Towing
Permits: Resident, Visitor, Business, & More
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Parking Tickets, Booting, & Towing
Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England. There are more cars per square mile in Somerville than there are in Boston and Cambridge. To be exact, there is one vehicle for every 1.6 Somerville residents. As you can imagine, we take our parking policies and regulations seriously. The sections below will help you figure out what to do if you get a ticket.
Pay a Parking Ticket
Online: Before you use the online system to pay your ticket, there are a few things you need to know:
- You’ll need your ticket or license plate number and a valid credit card to pay online. We accept Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.
- Don’t include spaces or hyphens when you enter the ticket number. You must include the two-letter prefix before the ticket number (e.g. ‘SX’ or ‘SO’) without spaces. Example: ‘SX123456789′
- Include your email address on the form if you want payment confirmation. Or, you can print the confirmation screen by hitting the print button on your browser.
- If you think the ticket was issued in error, you can appeal your ticket (see the next section), but paying a ticket waives your right to an appeal. Once paid, you cannot request a refund or appeal.
- If you need additional help, call us at 311 (or 617-666-3311 from outside of Somerville).
By Mail: You can pay by mail using a check or money order. Include your vehicle license plate number and violation number in the memo field. Make checks payable to ‘Somerville Parking Clerk’, and mail payments to:
City of Somerville
PO Box 9102
Somerville, MA 02143-9102
By Phone: Call 1-844-807-9069 to pay your parking ticket by phone using a credit or debit card.
In Person: Visit the Parking Department to pay with cash, check, money order, credit card, or debit card:
133 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144
Office Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Please note: Handwritten tickets issued by Somerville Police may not be available for payment online or by phone but can always be paid by mail or in person. Contact 311 with any questions.
Appeal a Parking Ticket
You can appeal a ticket quickly and easily online! Here are a few tips:
- You can upload up to 3 documents to support your appeal.
- If you decide you want to pay your ticket online instead, you’ll be given a link to do so.
- If you don’t pay or appeal a parking ticket within 21 days…
- Late fees may be added to the ticket amount.
- We will schedule an in-person appeal hearing for you automatically.
- You’ll receive a late notice and appeal date in the mail approximately 45 days after the ticket was issued.
Please note: Handwritten tickets issued by Somerville Police may not be available for appeal online or by phone but can always be appealed by mail or in person. Contact 311 with any questions.
You can also appeal your ticket by mail. Send a copy of the ticket (along with a signed operator statement and any supporting documents) to Parking Department, 133 Holland Street, Somerville, MA 02144. A decision will be mailed to you within 4 to 6 weeks.
If you choose to appeal your ticket by mail or online, there will be no further right of appeal unless you have additional evidence to produce within 10 days of the hearing decision. If you wish to speak to a hearing officer in person, please wait for a hearing notice to be generated. As long as you attend your hearing, you will not be responsible for any late fees incurred. Once you receive your hearing date, if you are not able to attend, please call 311 to reschedule.
Booting and Towing
Your vehicle may be booted if you have 5 or more unpaid parking tickets that have gone past their hearing dates. Here’s what you can do:
- You’ll need to pay the entire balance on the booted vehicle as well as any other vehicle registered to the same owner to get a release. You may pay the balance(s) in full at the Traffic & Parking Department (no personal checks), online, or over the phone (1-844-807-9069).
- Once we process your payment, you’ll need to visit our office to pick up a vehicle release form.
- After you get the release form, contact Pat’s Towing (617-776-5810) to have an employee meet you at your vehicle to remove the boot. You’ll need to pay a boot removal fee of $97.00 in cash.
- If you don’t get the boot removed within 48 hours, your vehicle will be towed. The towing fee is $104.00, and the storage fee is $35.00 per day. Both are payable to Pat’s Towing.