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 District.
Snow / parking bans go into effect at 10 p.m. and continue in effect until 6 a.m. 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. Only cash, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card accepted. Sorry, no checks will be accepted. The snow impoundment lot can be reached at 207-774-3025.

For more information view our online section on snow ban towing and fees.

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. the next day.

Only cash, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card will be accepted, no checks will be accepted:
  • Tow Fee: $85
  • Impound Fee: $35
  • Ticket Fee: $35
All unpaid tickets must be paid.

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

If your car is towed during a yellow zone parking ban, please call 207-874-8443 or 207-874-8575. Vehicles towed during these bans are brought to the towing company's individual impoundment lots.

Is a 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.
  • Visit the city website and view the city news section or look for the alert on the top of the homepage.
  • Please Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter 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 Snow Ban
The city offers numerous free options for parking on the peninsula during a snow ban. All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7 a.m. (by 6:30 AM for school lots) the morning the ban is removed. The city may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the 7 a.m. deadline:
  • Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only
  • Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot
  • Hadlock Field parking lot
  • All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lot which abuts the school and playground *Must be out by 6:30 AM.
  • Cutter St. lots (off the Eastern Prom)
  • Beach St. lot accessible from Commercial St. after 8 p.m.
  • City lot at the corner of Park and Commercial streets across the street from the IMT (International Marine Terminal)
  • Parking lot on Munjoy St. at the former Adams School site
  • On Peaks Island, snow ban parking is available at the Welch St. parking lot
  • Western Prom - Bowdoin to West Street (waterside)
  • 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 Waste Water treatment Plant (waterside)
  • Most parking garages, including Maine Medical Center will be available during snow bans at reduced rates
  • For a map of the above locations
Parking at Elm St. & Spring St. Garages
The snow ban rate is $3 in after 5 p.m. out by 8 a.m. Before 5 p.m. the hourly rate for parking is $1.75. After 8 a.m. the hourly rate is $1.75.