New rules: Monthly even/odd parking system begins Dec. 1

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Where not to park, how much it costs to get your car out of the impound lot and everything else you need to know to survive the Overnight Winter Parking Ban.

MANCHESTER, NH — Snow or no snow, the City of Manchester’s overnight winter on-street, odd/even parking ban goes into effect on the morning December 1 at 1 a.m., and will run through April 15. Overnight parking restrictions remain in effect from 1 to 6 a.m. and last through the end of March.  Please note the following new rules:

  • Where parking is normally allowed on both sides of the street, parking is permitted only on the even-numbered side of the street during even-numbered months (i.e., December and February, April) and only on the odd-numbered side of the street during odd-numbered months (i.e., January and March)
  • Where parking is normally allowed only on one side of the street, parking continues to be allowed on that side every night (i.e., there are no overnight restrictions)

If parking is presently allowed on only one side of the street during the day, then parking will be permitted on that side of the street every night. No overnight parking is permitted on the circular portion of dead-end cul-de-sacs. Fines for Overnight Winter Parking Violations are $25 (after 30 days, fine increases to $50).

Snow Emergency Notifications

Snow Emergencies take effect from the time determined by the Public Works 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.

Winter Emergency
Flashing light means no street parking.

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 p.m. to 8 a.m. 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. You can receive notification by way of email or text message whenever there will be a snow emergency in place. Simply request automatic email notification of parking bans or follow the city’s Snow Emergency Twitter account 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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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!