Downtown Removal

Downtown Removal

Our iconic downtown poses some challenges when it comes to keeping roads free of snow and unobstructed for travel in the winter months. The narrow and winding streets on steep hills with tightly packed row housing and a bustling business centre means that we must conduct snow removal operations overnight.

Removals occur overnight when there is the least amount of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. If you live or work overnight in the downtown snow removal area, by 3 p.m. each day you can look up the streets we’ve scheduled for overnight snow removal at area for Parking Restrictions

NEW time: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. - On-street parking in the Downtown is occasionally restricted throughout the winter on streets which are scheduled for snow removal operations. Any vehicle impeding snow removal will be impounded at the owner’s expense. Also see our Parking Restrictions page for more information.

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
  • Check for signs placed in snowbanks at the ends of the streets

    No overnight parking snow removal sign     

Where to Park
When your street is scheduled for a snow removal, you need to move your vehicle(s) off the street for the night. But where do you park instead?
Municipal lots
If you don’t have a private driveway, we suggest you use a public parking lot. The City of St. John’s owns parking lots that are free to use from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each overnight:

  • City Hall parking garage (excluding the rooftop), 8 New Gower Street
  • Railway Coastal Museum, 495 Water Street
  • Bannerman Park parking lot, off Bannerman Road next to the pool house
  • Century Park parking lot behind the basketball court at 89 Hayward Avenue
  • Parking lot off Hutchings Street, underneath the overpass
  • Gravel parking lot across from the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road

A ticket can be issued to vehicles parked in contravention of the restriction, and any vehicle impeding snow removal may be impounded at the owner’s expense.