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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Yellow Zone Parking Ban Declared Tuesday, February 2

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The City of Portland has declared a Yellow Zone Parking Ban for Tuesday, February 2 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 3. This Yellow Zone Parking Ban replaces the Citywide Parking Ban that was originally declared for Monday and Tuesday nights. 

Vehicles left on City streets within the yellow zone after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. The Yellow Zone parking ban is used to allow crews to perform snow hauling following major snow storms as it is important to clear the narrow downtown streets. The Yellow Zone includes the downtown district bounded by Cumberland Avenue, Franklin Street, Commercial Street, and State Street. Click here for a map of the Yellow Zone.

PLEASE NOTE:  We encourage residents already in snow ban parking lots to stay through Wednesday morning given the current weather conditions so you don't have to go out and move/clean off your car while it's still snowing/sleeting. That said, if you wish to move your car during the day today, you are allowed to park on-street tonight as long as you don’t live within the yellow zone and as long as your street doesn’t have any standard overnight parking restrictions in effect. Please remember that if you are parked in a school lot, you must be out by 6:30 AM on Wednesday so the lots can be cleared and teachers can gain access.

Because of the timing of the storm and the fact that the City called a Citywide Parking Ban for Monday night, Public Works crews were able to have good access at clearing and pushing snow back to the curb line before the precipitation started to switch over. This is why a Yellow Zone ban is only required for Tuesday night. 

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 - on the Tennis Court Road only - only on the left side of the road. No parking on the right side.
  • Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot - this is the lot behind the Ice Arena. Do not park adjacent to the Ice Arena.
  • Hadlock Field parking lot
  • All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lots that abut the school and playgrounds/soccer field and pool on Clark St AND Brackett Street. *Must be out by 6:30 AM.
  • Cutter St. lots (off the Eastern Prom)
  • 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 to 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) ** 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.
  • 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.

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

Snow Ban Info

Winter Operations Reminders


The City’s sidewalk snow removal ordinance requires business owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property 12 hours following a winter storm, and residential owners to clear snow and ice abutting their property 18 hours following the end of a storm or when the City finishes snow removal operations, whichever is later.  

 Business owners who fail to remove snow and ice within these time frames risk facing a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second offense within the same winter season and $1,000 for any subsequent offense within the same winter season. Additionally, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

 Residential owners can be fined $75 for the first offense, $125 for the second offense in the same winter season and $250 for any subsequent offense in the same winter season. Like business owners, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

 Click here to see which sidewalks the City clears. Note:  The map has been updated for the 2020-2021 winter season.

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