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 three distinct winter parking restrictions that apply to streets:

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 subject to towing and impounding. Vehicles 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:

  • 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) at anytime, 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

Streets with No Parking-Snow Route signs

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 area clearly marked wtih 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

Streets outside downtown

Parking on the street is permitted, unless signage indicates otherwise, until the on-street parking ban is in effect which usually occurs on the first Wednesday after New Year's Day, however it can be implemented earlier if conditions warrant. 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 dates the on-street parking ban begins and ends will be posted on our website, and promoted on our social media and through local media.

Streets inside the designated downtown area

More information about downtown 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

Outside of Water and Duckworth streets, 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


NEW in 2018, the City introduced a pilot project parking restriction on Water Street (Prescot to Waldegrave) and Duckworth Street (Cochrane to New Gower) from 3:30 to 6:30 a.m. daily, and in effect the same dates as the Winter On-Street Parking Ban. The parking restriction area is marked with signs attached to nearby poles and those parked in violation will be towed (see Towing and Impounding above).