Parking Restrictions

Parking Restrictions

To keep our streets accessible and safe during the winter season, the City of St. John's takes an active role in the enforcement of the St. John's Snow Clearing By-Law

There are four distinct winter parking restrictions that apply to streets:

Ticketing, Towing and Impounding
Any vehicle that impedes snow clearing or snow removal operations at any time, regardless of the winter parking restrictions in effect, may be ticketed or towed and impounded. Vehicles impounded are released to the registered owner/renter when all charges are paid. If proof of registration and insurance is not provided the vehicle can only be towed, not driven, from the impound lot. 

Towing Charge: $200 + $50 administration fee
Impounding Fee: $25 per day

If your vehicle is towed, payment can be made (excluding on statutory holidays):

  • In person at City Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, by cash, credit or debit card.
  • By calling 311 or 754-CITY(2489) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., by credit card only.

Impounded vehicles can be picked up, after payment is made, by the registered owner/renter from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week at the City Depot, 25 Blackler Avenue. We require proof of ownership, such as a driver’s license or other government identification with the same name and civic address as the vehicle registration, or for rental vehicles, the name and address on government identifications matches the name and address of the rental agreement.

Downtown Early Morning Parking Ban

The Downtown Early Morning Parking Ban was lifted Monday, March 25, 2019.

While the ban is in place, vehicles are not permitted to park in the early morning between 4 and 6 a.m. on:

  • Water Street, from Waldegrave Street to Prescott Street 
  • Duckworth, from New Gower Street to Cochrane Street 

Any vehicle impeding snow removal will be impounded at the owner’s expense.

The date that the early morning parking ban ends will be posted on our website, and promoted on our social media and through local media.

The downtown early morning parking ban was first introduced as a pilot project in winter 2018. Feedback and recommendations from the pilot have been integrated into this revised parking ban.
No Parking-Snow Route

From December 1 to March 31 parking is prohibited 24 hours a day on streets designated as Snow Routes. These streets can be located anywhere in the city, not just downtown, and are clearly marked with permanent signs affixed to utility poles. These restrictions are necessary so that ice control and snow clearing equipment can safely service the streets.

Enforcement is continuous for 24 hours a day from Dec. 1 to March 31 regardless of snow or street conditions. The fine for a No Parking-Snow Route violation is $55. 

No Parking Snow Route     Snow Route map

Downtown Overnight Snow Removal

For more details about downtown winter parking restrictions, including for snow removals, go to the downtown removal page

The area we've designated as downtown for the purpose of snow removal are identified on this map.  Downtown winter parking restrictions map

On-street parking is permitted throughout the winter, unless signage indicates otherwise, except when the street is scheduled for snow removal operations. Vehicles must not be on the streets scheduled for snow removal between 12:30 and 7:30 a.m. on the date indicated. Any vehicle impeding snow removal will be impounded at the owner’s expense.

The list of downtown streets scheduled for snow removal is updated daily and is available after 3 p.m. each day:

  • webpage
  • By email. Sign up by choosing Snow Removal (Downtown) at e-updates
  • Call 311 or 576-SNOW (7669)
  • Check for signs placed in snowbanks at the ends of the streets

Outside downtown

Parking on the street is permitted, unless signage indicates otherwise, until the on-street parking ban is in effect. The ban is set to occur on the first Wednesday after New Year's Day, but this may change depending on snowfall.

The On-Street Parking Ban was lifted Monday, March 25, 2019. ​The ban is lifted when conditions are favourable which often occurs in early April, but not always.

While in effect, on-street parking is prohibited between 12:30 and 7:30 a.m. daily. Tickets will be issued continuously while the ban is in effect, regardless of snow or street conditions. The fine for this violation is $55. 

The date that the on-street parking ban ends will be posted on our website, and promoted on social media and through local media.