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Resident Parking Program
Changes to the Resident Permit Program

On March 3, the Town Council voted to make changes to the resident parking ordinance.  Due to these changes, applications for permit renewal were not enclosed with this year’s excise tax bill.  Going forward, the permits will no longer expire at the end of the fiscal year, and instead will expire at the end of the calendar year.  The following is a brief outline of the changes affecting the annual permit renewal process:

  • All permits with an expiration date of June 30, 2015 will instead expire on December 31, 2015.
  • The annual renewal period will begin on October 1.
  • Permits will begin to be mailed to residents on December 1.
  • Residents will be able to apply for permits online.  Implementation of this program is beginning, and is expected to be complete in October.
Most other aspects of the resident parking program remain the same.  Complete information about the actions taken by the council regarding the ordinance will be posted on the town website once the meeting minutes have been approved.  To review the complete, updated ordinance, please click here.  To review the complete fee schedule, please click here.

If you do not currently have a blue permit with a printed expiration date of June 30, 2015, and you need a permit, please apply in person at Town Hall.


Effective March 3, 2015 the fees for resident permits are:

Resident Parking Sticker (online)
Resident Parking Sticker (by mail or in person)
Visitor Placard
Temporary Placard (Treasurer Issued)
Temporary Placard (Police Issued)
Temporary Placard (Harbormaster Issued)
Special Consideration Placard (Police Issued)
There is no charge for a resident sticker, visitor placard, or temporary placard for residents age 65 or older or to residents who have been issued a valid handicapped placard or plate by the Massachusetts RMV.
The fee for a Resident Parking Sticker or Visitor Placard will be half of the fee listed if the application is filed between October 1 and December 1.  Applicants will need to reapply for the next year's sticker at the full fee.
There will be no charge for a Resident Parking Sticker if the applicant previously paid for and received a temporary placard as a new resident, and the temporary placard is returned, prior to expiration, with the sticker application.

To qualify for a resident parking sticker, you must be a resident of Winthrop.  Payment of all fees, fines, parking tickets and taxes, including excise tax, owed to the Town must be up to date.  Vehicles with commercial plates do not qualify for resident parking stickers.  Repair plates, dealer plates, taxis and liveries are considered to be commercial vehicles.  Buses and campers over 25 feet in length are also excluded.

A LEASED VEHICLE’s registration must indicate that the vehicle is registered in Massachusetts and principally garaged in Winthrop.  

A COMPANY VEHICLE’s registration must indicate that the vehicle is registered in Massachusetts and principally garaged in Winthrop

If you are planning an event and are expecting more overnight parking than is permitted by your visitor permit, you may request consideration.  Consideration simply means that the resident parking restriction will not be enforced on the night of your event.  Consideration requests must be submitted in writing, either by letter, online or fax.  Requests must include the applicant’s name, telephone number, reason for the request, location, dates, and registration numbers for those vehicles for which you are asking consideration.  

Consideration requests must be submitted to the Police Department at least one full business day prior to the dates of consideration and must be approved by the Chief of Police.

Consideration only applies to a waiver of the resident parking sticker.  All other restrictions will continue to be enforced.

In order to apply for a Resident Parking Sticker and/or Visitor Permit, fill out the application and follow the directions on the reverse side.  If you are a new resident, your insurance company should change the “principal place of garaging” to Winthrop.  Apply early!  Please note:  All stickers will be mailed the first week in December.

Enforcement of residential parking regulations commenced town wide on July 1, 2005.

To download an application for a resident parking permit which covers
July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015, click here:

The application for a Temporary Placard is now the same as above.

The online application for 2016 resident parking permits is now available at the link below.
There is no fee for your permit if you apply online, but the fee for a visitor placard will still apply.

To download an application for a resident permit which covers January 1 through December 31, 2016,
to SUBMIT BY MAIL ONLY Click here:
When applying by mail, there is a $5.00 fee per permit as well as the fee for one visitor placard per houshold if desired.
Applications by mail must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

In-person applications are not accepted until December 1.
The in-person application will be available for download shortly before this date.

For Special Considerations, you must put your request in
writing and submit it to the Chief of Police for his review.
There is no downloadable form for a Special Consideration.

Winthrop Town Hall 1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
Phone: 617.846.1852
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