Parking Snow Bans

During winter months, the City of Portland implements citywide parking bans for snow plowing and or snow removal. When necessary, the City may call a limited parking ban for the peninsula zone, which covers the entire peninsula east and south of I-295 or the yellow zone, which covers the Portland Downtown, Arts, and Entertainment District.  

Snow / parking bans go into effect at 10 PM and continue in effect until 6 AM the following morning. However, under extreme conditions, the hours may be changed or extended.

All vehicles left on the street during a snow parking ban will be towed at the owner’s expense.

PARKING Snow Ban Towing

All vehicles left on city streets during the parking ban times will be towed at the owner's expense. All vehicles removed from the streets during a citywide parking ban or a peninsula zone ban are towed to the city's impound lot. This is located at the Ocean Gateway Marine Terminal next to the Maine State Pier at 40 Commercial Street.- The telephone number to the snow impound lot is 207-774-3025. The impound lot is open throughout the parking ban and remains open until 7 p.m.  At some point unclaimed vehicles are retowed to the towing company's individual impound lots.

 For information on retrieving your vehicle call the snow impound lot at 207-774-3025, or the Parking Division Office at 207-874-8443.

No checks accepted. Only cash, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card will be accepted, :
  • Tow Fee: $100
  • Impound Fee: $35
  • Ticket Fee: $35
  • All unpaid tickets must be paid.
If your car was towed during a YELLOW ZONE PARKING BANplease call 207-874-8575 or 207-874-8443. Vehicles towed during YELLOW bans are brought to the towing company's individual impound lots. The towing fee is $100. After 24 hours of impoundment the storage fee is an additional $30 per day, and a $30 after hours pick up fee is charged between 7:00PM and 7:00AM and all day Sunday and City observed Holidays. 

Is a PARKING Snow Ban In Effect?

The city offers several convenient ways to make it easy for you to find out if a city snow ban is in effect:
  • You may sign up to receive email or text notification.
  • The city website will display alerts on each page when a ban is in effect. Additionally, items will be active in the alert section and news section.
  • Please Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for the latest news and alerts.
  • Call the winter parking ban telephone number at 207-879-0300
  • Look at the "Time and Temperature Sign" which will flash "Park Ban"
  • View several illuminated "Parking Ban In Effect" signs located at several intersections leading into the city
  • Listen to radio and television broadcasts

Where to Park During a PARKING Snow Ban

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 - Parking on the Tennis Court Road Only **Park only on the left side of the road**     **No parking on the right side*
  • Fitzpatrick Stadium Parking Lot – **Please park behind the Ice Arena. Do not park adjacent to the Ice Arena**
  • Hadlock Field Parking Lot
  • All Portland Public School Parking lots **Except Reiche School Lots that abut the School and Playgrounds/Soccer Field & Pool on Clark St & Brackett St. **Must be out by 6:30 AM. **
  • Longfellow School Lot **Closed for snow ban parking**  
  • Presumpscot School Lot  **Extremely limited parking due to ongoing construction** 
  • Cutter St. Lots (off the Eastern Prom) **Eastern Prom Cutter St Middle Lot is closed** **Do Not Park on the East End Boat Ramps**
  • 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 St. to the 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 Only) ** **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. **Please be aware with ongoing construction in this area.**
  • 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. For a complete list of city-owned and privately operated parking garages, visit the city’s website at

**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

Static map of the above locations

map of the above locations

Parking at Elm St. & Spring St. Garages

The snow ban rate is $3.00 in after 5:00 PM out by 8:00 AM Before 5:00 PM the hourly rate for parking is $3.00. After 8:00 AM the hourly rate is $3.00. Vehicles removed before 6am will be charged the normal hourly rate of $3 per hour.