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


CITYWIDE & PENINSULA ZONE BANS:
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.
YELLOW ZONE BANS
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 https://www.portlandmaine.gov/430/Garages-Lots

**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

Interactive 
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.