Mobile Parking Permit

Mobile Parking Permit

The demand for parking at Harvard University is at a very high level.  We understand that work responsibilities sometimes require Harvard employees to travel to different locations across campus.  The MOBL (mobile) parking permit authorizes parking in many unreserved parking locations throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses, including parking at any of our staffed facilities. 

Your MOBL permit is printed with a designation for your primary location.  You must park in this area as much as possible to allow space in small, high demand areas and for others who may require emergency access.  In order to keep parking areas open for regular permit holders, we ask that MOBL permit holders ensure that there are at least two open spaces in a lot before you park and limit parking to two hours or less in non-primary locations. If a MOBL permit holder is parked in restricted areas during non-MOBL times, they are subject to having their vehicle ticketed and/or towed, regardless if it is a personal or departmental vehicle.  

To accommodate the logistic demands of the House Renewal project in the River Area, vehicles with MOBL permits will not be allowed to park weekdays between 8:00AM and 5:00PM in the Eliot Triangle or the Malkin parking lots. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed. Exceptions must be preapproved by Parking Services.

Since MOBL permit holders can access both garages and surface lots, all unreserved MOBL permit holders will be paying the unreserved garage rate, regardless of their primary location.

Preferred MOBL Locations

MOBL permit holders are strongly encouraged to utilize the following locations whenever possible:

  • Broadway Garage
  • Harvard Business School Lot
  • Observatory Lot
  • One Western Avenue Garage
  • Peabody Terrace Garage
  • Soldiers Field Park Garage
  • Webster Field Lot in Athletics
  • 10 Akron Street Garage
  • 10 Everett Street Garage
  • 175 North Harvard Street Lot
  • 28 Travis Street Lot
  • 5 Cowperthwaite Street Garage
  • 52 Oxford Street Garage

LIMITED Utilization Lots for MOBL Locations

In addition to the locations listed above, MOBL permit holders may utilize the following locations on a limited basis.  Please note that MOBL permits are not allowed in these lots between the listed hours:

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

  • Francis Avenue Lot
  • William James Hall Lot
  • Littauer Lot
  • Perkins Lot
  • Malkin Lot
  • 1033 Massachusetts Avenue Lot
  • Eliot Triangle Lot              
  • College Dining Hall Lot (80 JFK St.)
  • 7 Ware Street Lot
  • 15 Ware Street Lot           

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

  • SEAS Lot
  • 16 Prescott Street
  • Mill Street Lot

NO MOBL Locations

Certain designated locations remain posted as NO MOBL areas. These areas are restricted from use by MOBL permit holders on a 24-hour basis: 

  • 8 Prescott Street Lot
  • Barker Center Lot
  • South Street Lot
  • 20 Mellon Street Lot

If you must deliver materials or equipment to one of the restricted MOBL locations during unauthorized hours, please display flashing hazard lights and strictly limit your time to fifteen minutes while unloading. Once you have completed the delivery, please move your vehicle to the nearest unreserved area.

To apply for a MOBL permit, please provide documentation of business necessity.  The number of MOBL permits issued by Parking Services is strictly limited due to capacity issues.

All MOBL locations are subject to change based on availability.  Parking Services will update these locations on our web site and notify MOBL permit holders of any change.

    Visiting the Parking Office

    For information about visiting the parking office, click here.