Which U.S. Cities Require a Moving Permit and How to Get One

Moving is anything but easy. In fact, more often than not, it’s tedious, stressful, and downright exhausting. From finding the perfect place to booking a legitimate moving company to finding time to pack — and the millions of other moving logistics we’ll refrain from mentioning — there’s a lot that goes into planning a move.

Now, imagine going through all that work, driving or flying to your new home, and then finding out that you need a moving permit.

What is a moving permit, you ask? Certain cities across the country require movers to have a permit if they plan on parking their moving truck (or even a car, in some cases) in front of an apartment building or walk-up for a move. Permits allow moving companies or individuals to legally park their truck or car in front of their new home while they unload all of their belongings.

Most cities that require these permits also require you to apply for them ahead of time. But don't worry — we’re here to help! Check out our list of the top cities that require a moving permit and where you can go to apply for one.

California

San Francisco.

Manhattan Beach.

Illinois

Chicago.

Massachusetts

Boston.

Cambridge.

Brookline.

Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Washington, D.C.

Alexandria.

Arlington.

New Jersey

Hoboken.

Oregon

Portland.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia.

Washington

Seattle.

Moving will always be a little stressful, but we’re here to make your move as smooth as possible. Remember to always check if your city requires a moving permit before the big day!


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