Moving van permits finally come online in Boston

Move-in day in Allston.
Move-in day in Allston.

No more standing in line at City Hall: if you need a parking permit for a moving truck in Boston, you can now get one online.

Just in time for the September 1 rush, Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Tuesday unveiled a way for city residents to get guaranteed parking permits for their moving trucks without a visit to City Hall. Other cities, including Cambridge, already offer the service, but for years, Boston residents had to get permits in person — or pay someone to do it for them.

According to the city’s website, applications are due at least two weeks before the date the permits are needed, but no sooner than a month in advance. That comes just in time for Boston’s tens of thousands of collecge students, whose vehicles pack the streets of neighborhoods such as Allston and Mission Hill at the end of every summer.

“I am committed to making accessing city services easier for Boston residents and students,” Walsh said in a statement. “We are excited to offer our residents the ability to apply for moving truck permits from anywhere and hopefully relieve some of the stress that moving brings.”