Moving to Washington, DC, frequently has its own set of obstacles, one of which is finding parking for your moving truck. Securing a parking place near your house might make the process of moving much easier. This article will guide you through the process of obtaining street parking permits for your move, allowing you to settle into your new home or workplace more easily.

Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining Parking Permits

Getting a parking permit on your moving day in Washington, DC is simple. Follow these procedures to apply for and get permits from the DC government’s TOPS (Transportation Online Permitting System) website.

Step 1: Access the TOPS Website

Begin by visiting the DC government’s TOPS website at This is the starting point for applying for your moving parking permit.

Step 2: Create an Account or Log In

If it’s your first time using the system, you’ll need to create an account. Click on the «Register» button and follow the prompts to set up your account. If you already have an account, simply log in.

When registering, the first step is to choose the «Type of Applicant». Select «Individual». If your business is moving, select the appropriate option.

After that, you fill out your personal information on the TOPS website

Step 3: Apply for a Public Space Permit

Once you have registered, log in. You will be taken to your account page. Look for the option to apply for a «Parking/Occupancy Permit» and select it. This category covers parking permits for moving trucks.

Then click on the green «Apply for Parking Signs/Temporary Occupancy Permits» link at the top of the page content. On the next page, click on the gray «Moving Truck» button.

Step 4: Fill Out the Application Form

1. On the next page, you will just need to enter the address of the place in DC where you are moving to. You will then be asked to describe the location of the move. Here you must specify whether you are moving to a private home, apartment, office, etc. Then you specify the number of moving trucks.

2. Afterwards, you will see a page asking you to choose a date and time for your move (you can be authorized for 2 full days).

3. During the application, TOPS may inquire whether you need metered or unmetered parking. For metered parking spaces, they’ll list parking meters numbers for your block, with odd and even numbers indicating opposite sides of the street. Choose meters near your desired address. Also, our article below has recommendations on how many meters you need for different moving trucks.

4. You will then need also to describe what type of street parking will be needed. If you are not sure what your street looks like, use Google Maps and Street View.

How to Reserve Street Parking for Moving DC

5. We’re almost to the end! You will now be asked if there are any conflicts with your parking permit like public works. If you don’t have the information, then just select «not sure».

6. After that, a summary with the fee will appear on the screen.

7. After clicking «Next» you will be asked to confirm your contact details again. Do not fill in «Owner Information» unless you are filling out the form for another person.

Step 5: Submit Application and Pay Fees

After completing the form, submit your application. Within one or tow business days your appeal should be considered. You will be contacted and you will have to pay the fee.

Step 6: Print Your Permit and Parking Signs

Once your application is approved and the fees are paid, you’ll be able to print your permit and parking sign. But parking signs printing is available only at Kiosks or at the permit office. There is a table with the addresses of the Kiosks at the bottom. Or you can also find out the addresses at

Waterfront Permit Office
First District Station(698-0555), 101 M St S.W
2nd District Station(715-7300), 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW
3rd District Station(673-6815), 1620 V Street, NW(Out of Service)
4th District Station(715-7400), 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW(Out of Service)
5th District Station(698-0150), 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
6th District Station(698-0880), 5002 Hayes Street NE
7th District Station(698-1500), 2455 Alabama Avenue, SE
Kiosk Locations for Printing Parking Signs. «No Parking/Reserved Parking» signs cannot be printed at home.

Tips for Navigating the Process

  • Early Application: Apply for your moving permit at least two weeks in advance to ensure you get the space and date you need.
  • Read Instructions Carefully: Each step on the TOPS website includes detailed instructions. Read them thoroughly to avoid mistakes.
  • Contact Customer Support: If you encounter any issues, the TOPS website offers customer support. Use this resource to get help.

Expert Advice on Moving Logistics

When planning a moving in Washington DC, it is essential to select the appropriate truck size and estimate the required parking space. Here’s a brief guidance from AT Movers to help you make these decisions:

Truck SizeLengthSuitable ForRequired Parking Space
Small10-12 ftStudio/1 Bedroom Apartment2-3 car lengths
Medium14-17 ft2-3 Bedroom Apartment3-4 car lengths
Large20-26 ft3-5 Bedroom House4-5 car lengths
Extra Large28+ ft5+ Bedroom House5+ car lengths
Required Parking Space depending on the size of the truck

Navigating Common Challenges in DC

  • Narrow Streets: DC’s neighborhoods often feature narrow streets that can be difficult for larger trucks to navigate. When possible, opt for a smaller truck that can maneuver these areas more easily.
  • Busy Areas: Moving in or out of areas like Capitol Hill or downtown can be tricky, especially during peak hours. Plan your move during off-peak times to minimize traffic congestion and ease the process of loading and unloading.
  • Height Restrictions: Some residential areas and apartment complexes have height restrictions for vehicles. Verify these restrictions to ensure the moving truck can access your property without issues.
  • Communicate with Your Moving Company: At AT Movers, we’re experienced in handling the unique challenges of moving in Washington, DC. Sharing details about your move allows us to plan effectively, ensuring we choose the right truck and secure adequate parking.


  • How early should I apply for a DC commercial or residential parking permit for moving?

Apply at least two weeks in advance to ensure availability for your moving date.

  • Can I reserve parking spot for a moving truck in any area of DC?

Most residential areas allow for parking reservations, but restrictions apply in certain zones. After you submit your application in TOPS, if there are any problems, you will be contacted.

  • What if I need to change my moving date after obtaining a permit?

Contact the Department of Transportation as soon as possible to adjust your permit details.

  • Do I need to be present when the movers arrive?

Yes, to ensure that the moving process aligns with your expectations and to provide access to your home.


Securing street parking for your Washington, DC move does not have to be a bother. By following the guidelines provided in this article, you will be able to get the required commercial or residential permit parking, select the appropriate truck size, and easily prepare for moving day. Remember that being organized and prepared are essential for a moving.

For any questions or to ensure a smooth moving experience, don’t hesitate to reach out to AT Movers. We’re here to help you every step of the way:

Phone: (240) 701-5507

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