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Common permits and applications

If you need a permit to take up public space or dig up public roadways, you need to go through the Permit Division of Public Works.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

There are a range of permits that the Public Works and Transportation Departments issue for use of City streets. Here are the most common:

You can apply for all three of these permits online.

If you need to schedule an appointment to drop off a driveway permit application, to pick up an approved driveway permit, to make a sidewalk deposit, or to pick up signs, please use our online scheduler.

For any other permit questions or applications, you can contact the Public Works Department by emailing publicworks@boston.gov.

Have questions? Contact:

1 CITY HALL SQUARE, ROOM 714
BOSTON, MA 02201