HARVARD ANNUAL PARKING PERMITS & COVID-19

HARVARD ANNUAL PARKING PERMITS & COVID-19

FY22 Annual Parking Permit Renewal (May 6, 2021)

Harvard’s Cambridge and Allston regular parking permit program will return on September 1, 2021. The online permit renewal system will open for commuters mid-June. We will send you an email when the site is available. 

You can only renew your permit online if:

  • You extended your permit in 2020, have been driving to campus weekly, and wish to maintain the same permit type and privileges. The 3.5 months of parking credits from 2020 have covered the reduced cost of your parking for this academic year. Your current hang tag will be valid through August 31, 2021. Payroll deductions will resume in September 2021.

You cannot renew your permit online if:

  • You extended your permit and wish to switch to another type of permit such as the flexible 3-day option. You will need to notify the Campus Service Center at your earliest convenience. Find available parking facilites that offer 3-day permits here. Please note that some smaller parking facilities do not provide 3-day parking. If your existing lot does not accommodate this permit type, we will offer you the closest available garage or lot.

Also, if you extended your permit and are leaving the University, please notify the Campus Service Center at parkingrenewal@harvard.edu at least two weeks before your departure. Refunds to individuals terminating employment will be processed if applicable.
 

FY22 Annual Parking Permit Rates (April 27, 2021)

Harvard’s Cambridge and Allston annual parking permit program will return on September 1, 2021, in accordance with our regulatory agreements with the Cities of Cambridge and Boston. Please note that parking rates and policies are different in the Longwood Medical Area and information can be found on the Harvard Medical School Parking website.

Permit Type

Annual Fee (10 Months)

Sept '21-Jun '22

Monthly Fee

Reserved Garage

$3,960

$396

Reserved Surface

$3,730

$373

Unreserved Garage

$2,110

$211

Unreserved Surface

$1,970

$197

3-Day Unreserved Garage

$1,200

$120

3-Day Unreserved Surface

$1,150

$115

FY22 Online Daily Parking Permit Rates

Online daily parking permit rates for Harvard faculty, staff, and students will remain at $10 through the end of December 2021. Rates for contractors, vendors, visitors, and guests will return to $20 on September 1, 2021.

For more information on renewing your annual parking permit, please visit Harvard’s Parking website.

Important Information About Annual 3‐Day and Online One Day Permits

If you choose a 3‐Day annual permit in FY22, you’ll have the flexibility to park any three days of the week you choose. Find available parking facilites that offer 3-day permits here. If your current parking location does not offer 3‐Day permits, we will suggest the closest available location.

Online daily permits, which can be purchased up to 14 days in advance, are subject to facility availability. Some locations could sell out of permits on any given day. If this happens, the system will automatically prompt you to the closest location with availability.

Improving the User Experience

Transportation Services has introduced a new pre‐tax debit card (coming soon!) for staff who wish to alternate between parking or transit through Edenred, our current T‐Pass provider. This allows staff to purchase both daily transit (not subsidized) and daily parking on a pre‐tax basis.

Beginning July 1, 2021, we will also introduce our new Zip‐By App which uses Bluetooth technology on your phone to purchase daily parking at the 52 Oxford St and Soldiers Field Park Garages. More information will be posted soon on Harvard’s Parking website.

 

Previous Permit Updates:

March 23, 2020

May 28, 2020

July 20, 2020

August 13, 2020

November 2, 2020

March 4, 2021

April 27, 2021

 

FAQs

Q: The annual parking permit renewal season typically begins in April each year. Will the renewal season get pushed out?

A: Yes.  The annual parking permit renewal season for commuters will begin mid-June 2021.

 

Q: I extended my annual parking permit but will be working remotely until September 2021. Will I still receive a credit?

A: If you extended your permit in 2020, have not returned to campus except for an occasional trip (a few times a month), and will not be back on a regular basis until August or later, you should be eligible for a 3.5 months parking credit. Please complete this online form by May 19, 2021. Then, contact the Campus Service Center at parkingrenewal@harvard.edu at least two weeks before you return to campus to renew your permit. You are still guaranteed your designated parking location.

 

Q: I cancelled my Harvard parking permit but need to resume parking. What should I do?

A: If you cancelled your annual parking permit, deductions have been stopped and refunds have been issued, if applicable. Parking facility access has been turned off. You will need to reapply for a parking permit when you return to campus. Please submit your request to parking@harvard.edu a minimum of two weeks prior to your return date if you wish to have your new hang tag mailed to your home address.

 

Q: If I cancel my permit and reapply when I return, will I be assigned my current parking location?

A: Parking Services will do our best to accommodate parkers when normal University operations resume, but we cannot guarantee availability at your existing parking location.

 

Q: If I cancel my permit and wish to renew, will I be able to use the online system?

A: No. Only current permit holders, which includes people who chose the extended permit option, will be able to renew using the online system.  People who cancel or want to switch to another permit type will need to fill out an application.

 

QIf I cancel parking, how long can I expect to wait for a credit or refund?

A: The length of time will depend on your method of payment (payroll deductions, credit cards, checks, etc.) We will do our best to process in an efficient manner however some refunds could take several weeks.

Q: How do I use the flexible pre-tax debit card?

A: The pre-tax debit card allows staff to purchase daily transit (not subsidized) and daily parking on a pre-tax basis and more easily switch modes of transportation. For more information, including how to sign up for the debit card and a list of eligible transit and parking expenses visit transportation.harvard.edu/flexible.

 

Q: I’m an employee and would like to start driving to work instead of taking public transit. Can I cancel my MBTA pass and get a parking permit?

A: If you currently have a transit order and would like to switch to an annual parking permit, please follow these simple steps.