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 a.m. to 4:30 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.

Business District Winter Parking Restriction

The Business District winter parking restriction was first introduced as a pilot project in winter 2018. Feedback and recommendations from the pilot have been considered and integrated into this restriction as possible.

The Business District winter parking restriction is set to begin in early January. However, due to significant snowfalls in the forecast, is implemented 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 and will be in effect for the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter season.

The ban is lifted when conditions are favourable; this often occurs in early April, but primarily depends on the amount of snow remaining and if it impedes the safe flow of traffic.

While the ban is in place, vehicles are not allowed to park in the early morning between 4 and 6 a.m., regardless of street or snow conditions, on:

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

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

 
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 $50. 

No Parking Snow Route     Snow Route map

Downtown Winter Parking Restriction

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 in the Downtown is restricted throughout the winter on streets which are scheduled for snow removel operations. 

A ticket can be issued to vehicles parked on the streets scheduled for snow removal between 12:30 and 7:30 a.m. on the date indicated. Any vehicle impeding snow removal may be impounded at the owner’s expense.

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

  • webpage map.stjohns.ca/snow
  • 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 the Downtown and Business District Winter Parking Restriction

The on-street parking ban for areas outside the Downtown and Business District was implemented 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 and remains in effect for the 2019-2020 winter season.

During the State of Emergency, imposed during a blizzard on Jan. 17-18, 2020, a 24-hour parking ban outside the Downtown and Business District area was put in place. This 24-hour parking ban was lifted on Monday, March 16, 2020.

While in effect, on-street parking outside the Downtown and Business District is not allowed between 12:30 and 7:30 a.m., regardless of snow or street conditions.

The ban is lifted when conditions are favourable; this often occurs in early April but primarily depends on the amount of snow remaining and if it impedes the safe flow of traffic. 

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