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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT


A Citywide Parking Ban has been declared beginning TONIGHT, Monday, February 1 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 3. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. 

Portland is expected to receive 8-12 inches of snow with Nor’easter conditions during this storm, with precipitation expected to start falling this afternoon around 4:00 PM, and the heaviest snowfall between 9:00 PM tonight through tomorrow afternoon. Dangerous driving conditions are expected and people are encouraged to stay off the roads. 

Because of this, it will be crucial for residents to have cars off the street and in designated parking ban lots in order for plow crews to keep streets clear, and easiest for residents to go into those lots tonight so they don’t have to dig their cars out from snow to get into those lots. This is why the City has decided to call a citywide parking ban for both Monday and Tuesday nights. Should a citywide ban not be needed on Tuesday night, the City will update residents tomorrow. 

We encourage residents in snow ban lots to stay through Wednesday morning given the weather conditions so you don't have to move while it's snowing tomorrow or dig out twice.

That said, parking on the street tomorrow during the day is allowed, if necessary. Towing only occurs between 10 PM and 6 AM.  

TRASH & RECYCLING ALERT:  Because of the weather conditions expected, Tuesday’s (Feb 2) solid waste collection has been cancelled. Collection will resume next week for those with Tuesday service. 

CITY HALL CLOSURE:  City Hall and City buildings will be closed on Tuesday, February 2. Staff who can work remotely will continue to do so. Anyone with an appointment for vehicle registration will be contacted to reschedule. 

SHELTER SERVICES:  The City is working with several area social service providers today to encourage unhoused individuals to seek shelter tonight in advance of the storm. 


The City offers numerous free options for parking on the peninsula during a snow ban. These lots are available after 5:00 PM on weekdays on the day a ban is called unless otherwise posted. School lots and unrestricted parking areas can be accessed earlier on weekends/when school is not in session. 

All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7:00 AM (except for school lots, which are 6:30 AM and by 8:00 AM for the Promenades, State St Ext., and Marginal Way) the morning the ban is removed. 

The City may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the deadline:

  • Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only - only on the left side of the road. No parking on the right side.
  • Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot - this is the lot behind the Ice Arena. Do not park adjacent to the Ice Arena.
  • Hadlock Field parking lot
  • All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lots that abut the school and playgrounds/soccer field and pool on Clark St AND Brackett Street. *Must be out by 6:30 AM.
  • Cutter St. lots (off the Eastern Prom)
  • Beach St. lot accessible from Commercial St. after 8 PM.
  • City lot at the corner of Park and Commercial Streets across the street from the IMT (International Marine Terminal) AKA Angelo's Acre, 441 Commercial St.
  • On Peaks Island, snow ban parking is available at the Welch St. parking lot
  • Western Prom - The entire waterside of the Western Prom
  • Eastern Prom - Turner to East End School property light pole 33 (waterside)
  • Marginal Way - Plowman to just before the entrance area to the East End Wastewater treatment Plant (waterside) ** Please do not park on Marginal Way if there is flooding or standing water. **Parking is not allowed in the Maine DOT park and ride lot.
  • Preble Street Extension Parking Lot (Across from Hannaford) - adhere to the spaces that are designated for snow ban parking.
  • State Street Extension - Parking is available on State St Ext between Forest Ave &  Park Ave across from the entrance to Deering Oaks Park. Left side of the road only where parking is typically available. Adhere to any no parking signs closest to Forest Ave.

 Most parking garages will be available during snow bans at reduced rates.

Vehicles must be out of these alternate parking lots by 7:00 AM (unless otherwise noted) the morning the ban is lifted.

Public Works Customer Service: 207-874-8493 

Parking Ban Hotline: 207-879-0300

Snow Ban Info

Winter Operations Reminders


The City’s sidewalk snow removal ordinance requires business owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property 12 hours following a winter storm, and residential owners to clear snow and ice abutting their property 18 hours following the end of a storm or when the City finishes snow removal operations, whichever is later.  

 Business owners who fail to remove snow and ice within these time frames risk facing a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second offense within the same winter season and $1,000 for any subsequent offense within the same winter season. Additionally, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

 Residential owners can be fined $75 for the first offense, $125 for the second offense in the same winter season and $250 for any subsequent offense in the same winter season. Like business owners, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

 Click here to see which sidewalks the City clears. Note:  The map has been updated for the 2020-2021 winter season.

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