Citywide odd/even winter parking ban in effect Dec. 1

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Overnight parking is banned during a winter storm emergency.
Overnight parking is banned during a winter storm emergency.

MANCHESTER – The City of Manchester’s overnight winter on-street odd/even parking ordinance went into effect at 1 a.m. on December 1, 2014. Although it was lifted for the Christmas holiday until De.c. 26, remember that it goes back into effect on Dec. 27.

Where parking is normally allowed on a street, the ordinance permits vehicles to be parked only on the odd-numbered side of a street on odd-numbered calendar days, and only on the even-numbered side of a street on even-numbered calendar days beginning after 1 –  6 a.m. 

This means that when you park your car in the evening of an odd-numbered day, it should be parked on the even side of the street because it will be an even day as of 1 a.m.

If parking is presently allowed on only one side of the street during the day, parking will be permitted on that side of the street every night. Those in violation of this ordinance will be subject to a $25 fine.

Snow Emergency Notifications

Snow Emergencies take effect from the time determined by the Director. Typically, this will be from 10 p.m. on the start date to 6 a.m. on the end date. Earlier start times and later end times may be set during unusually heavy storms.

No vehicles will be allowed to park on city streets during this time.

In the event of an impending snowstorm, the Public Works Director will call a Snow Emergency which will be in effect during the dates and times listed on one of the ‘Notification Options’ listed below. No vehicles are allowed to park on City streets during a Snow Emergency. Any vehicle parked in violation of a Snow Emergency Declaration will be removed and impounded. Vehicles removed from the streets will be stored in Derryfield Park off Bridge Street. In order to recover an impounded vehicle, the owner will be required to present proof of ownership and to make a payment of $110 in cash only. This must be done within 24 hours of the time when the vehicle was towed. Vehicles not recovered within 24 hours, will be subject to additional towing and storage charges.

Where to park

The City Parking Authority has two locations available for parking during snow emergencies. The first location is the Victory Parking Garage located at Chestnut and Amherst Street. During snow emergencies, City residents that do not have off street parking can park for free in the garage from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available for snow emergency parking in the garage. The second location is the Pearl Street Parking Lot. This lot is open for Snow Emergency parking from 5:30 PM to 8:00 AM. A Snow Emergency is called to allow City crews to plow the full width of the streets, therefore allowing access for emergency vehicles as well as parking once the Snow Emergency has ended.

Many automobiles are needlessly towed off of City streets at a great cost to the owners because they are in violation of the City’s Snow Emergency Parking Ban. We can automatically notify you, by way of email, or text message when there will be a snow emergency in place. Simply request automatic email notification of parking bans or follow us on Twitter in order to receive text messages on your cell phone.

The Public Works Department cannot guarantee notification on snow emergencies. Email must travel through many servers and there is a risk that the email will not be delivered, or will not be delivered in a timely fashion. Similar conditions apply for text messaging. Should you choose to subscribe with Twitter for mobile text message updates you agree to Twitter’s terms and conditions as well as any possible text message charges that may apply. The City of Manchester is not responsible for any issues, unsent text messages or costs resulting from your interaction with or

Notification Options:

  • Local Radio
  • Local News TV
  • Call the Public Works Department at 603-624-6444
  • White strobe lights activated at key intersections
  • Email (mentioned above)
  • Text Messaging (mentioned above)
  • Monitor the city web site home page under “In the News”
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