Rules & Regulations

The following rules and regulations shall apply:

  • Parking spaces in Winthrop are at a premium and use of all driveways is encouraged.
  • Handicapped reserved parking spaces are not exempt from snow emergency parking regulations.
  • A doctor's letter must accompany all applications and must state the nature and severity of the disability.  The letter must be dated within six months of the application date.
  • A copy of the Handicapped Placard and a copy of the applicant's Massachusetts registration must accompany the application.
  • Winthrop Shore Drive is under the jurisdiction of the DCR (formerly MDC).
  • Winthrop Housing Authority has their own set of rules and the Town may not grant reserved spaces on their property.
  • Single family dwellings with a driveway will not qualify for a Handicapped reserved space in front of their home, unless there is some obstacle that would prohibit use by the disabled party (i.e. extreme slope, etc.)
  • Two and three family dwellings are encouraged to make full use of all available parking spaces.  If a space is requested, a letter from the owner of the property giving permission, to the tenant, for a reserved space must accompany the application.
  • If the dwelling in question is on a corner of two intersecting streets and the requested spot is not abutting their property, a letter from the abutting owner must accompany the application.
  • If a spot is requested in front of someone else's property for any reason (i.e. parking is allowed only on one side of the street) a letter from the owner of the property where the spot is to be designated must accompany the application.
  • As with all rules and regulations, there may be exceptions.  These exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis.
  • All reserved spaces are approved for two (2) years.  After that time, they will be reviewed.
  • If a resident moves, and no longer requires the designated spot, it is expected that you will notify the Town of Winthrop, that the spot is no longer needed and the signage should be removed.
  • Reserved Handicapped Parking Spots are non-transferable between individuals.  A new application must be submitted.
  • Reserved parking spots are for the permanently disabled, a temporary request will only be accepted if the applicant agrees to pay the full cost of setup and removal of the sign.