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See which Boston streets will be overrun with moving trucks

Move-in day for college students in the Allston neighborhoods.
Move-in day for college students in the Allston neighborhoods.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff, file 2013

Roughly two-thirds of leases for the more than 165,000 apartments in Boston expire as August transitions to September, officials estimate. And that means the arrival of a herd of moving trucks.

So many trucks.

The city asks movers to apply for special permits to reserve a curbside spot outside their apartment if they’re planning to use a moving truck.

City records show those permits spike dramatically each year on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

This year, according to city records as of Friday, 503 permits were set to be active citywide on Aug. 31 and another 775 on Sept. 1. It’s likely those numbers will increase as residents have until Tuesday to obtain a permit in time for Sept. 1.


Those figures don’t account for movers who won’t get a permit for their moving truck.

By comparison, on an average day in 2016, not including Aug. 31 or Sept. 1, there were about 37 moving truck permits active, city data shows.

(Fun fact: The only two days when there were no active moving truck permits last year? Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. One poor soul had a moving permit active for Thanksgiving Day.)

The chart below, based on 2015 data, shows just how dramatic the increase in trucks is on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

The map below shows how certain neighborhoods, particularly those with large concentrations of college students living off campus, are flooded with moving trucks this time of year. To see an interactive version of the map, click here.

City of Boston

If you park your car in the city, you may want to check if anyone near you has received a special permit for a moving truck, or for another reason, that may force you to move your car. You can look up permits by street name here.


If you plan to drive around certain parts of the city this week, in a moving truck or other vehicle, you’ll want to take note of the temporary traffic and parking bans in the Allston, Brighton, Fenway, Mission Hill, and Roxbury neighborhoods.

And, if you plan to drive a moving truck or any other unusually tall vehicle around the area, you’ll want to remember to avoid driving on Storrow and Memorial Drive and Soldiers Field Road. Those parkways have low-hanging overpasses that many moving trucks cannot fit under.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mrochele