Downtown Boston parking can seem a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of things, it’s quite simple. The city uses various colored parking meters/curbs to mark all the parking zones in downtown. Parking in the wrong spot can lead to being towed, fined, or experiencing other unpleasant consequences, so it’s important to know what each color means. Below is some information you need to know about the yellow curb areas you’ll see as you search for a parking spot in Beacon Hill, brought to you by the downtown Boston real estate experts at Ford Realty

What Does a Yellow Curb Mean?

A yellow curb means the parking area in front of the curb is a commercial loading zone. It’s intended for use by the companies situated near the curb, and it helps them have a space free to load and unload vehicles that are working with the company. Commercial vehicles can park in this area for up to 20 minutes to transport items/ goods into Beacon Hill real estate buildings

Can You Park in a Yellow Cap Parking Meter?

If you’re driving a vehicle registered as a commercial vehicle with the state of Massachusetts, you can park in a yellow cap parking mete at any time. Noncommercial vehicles can also stop in this zone for no more than three minutes to drop off or pick up a passenger. Those who don’t have any commercial loading business shouldn’t park in the zones during regular business hours. However, you can park there if it’s Saturday, Sunday, or a city holiday. You can also park in commercial loading zones in the evening as long as it’s after 6pm and before 6am in Beacon Hill, Back Bay and other downtown Boston real estate neighborhoods.

What Happens if You Park at a Yellow Curb/Parking Meter at the Wrong Time?

If you park in a loading zone during a time you’re not allowed to park, you’ll have to pay fines. These fines usually start at around $50, but they may increase if you have multiple offenses or don’t pay the fine on time. You do have the option of appealing the fine or asking for a deferred payment plan, but the city doesn’t always accommodate this request. In addition to this fine, you run the risk of being towed.

Where Can You Find Yellow Curb Zones?

Many yellow curbs in Beacon Hill and the North End are situated areas with restaurants and stores, though you can find them throughout the city. These curbs are often by spots with street parking, but sometimes they may be along an alley. There are quite a few yellow curb areas around Boston Midtown the Seaport District , and other areas where parking is tight. As long as you’re visiting these spots in the evening or on the weekends, a yellow curb can provide much-needed parking as you explore downtown Boston real estate for sale

Luckily, most of the condos, penthouses, and lofts in the Boston Midtown and Seaport District have assigned parking spots. Unfortunately, Beacon Hill condos for sale usually don’t come with parking. If you want to find your Beacon Hill dream home, and part of that dream includes guaranteed parking, make sure to connect with the trusted agents at Ford Realty at 617-595-3712.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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