Take heed: New emergency parking restrictions go into effect Thursday

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snow emergencyMANCHESTER, NH – Due to the abundant snow, Manchester Police have announced some emergency parking restrictions that go into effect Friday Feb. 20 for all city streets, except on the streets noted below.

It may seem a little confusing. Here’s the condensed version:

Starting now, it’s parking on even-side of streets only, throwing the odd-even parking rules out the window until further notice. However, if a Snow Emergency is declared, that means NO parking on ANY streets between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.


Violators will have their cars towed, so consider yourself warned.

Per City Ordinance 71.08 (B), the city’s Public Works Director has determined that the snow has piled up enough to create a real hazard to residents.

Therefore a parking will be limited to only the even numbered side of city streets, effective Friday morning, February 20, and will continue 24 hours per day until further notice. The current odd-even parking restriction is rescinded and replaced by this temporary prohibition, as per Mayor Ted Gatsas.

On streets where parking is already restricted to only one side of the street, parking will be permitted on that side of the street only. Streets exempted from this parking ban are as follows:

  • Elm Street*
  • Commercial Street
  • Pine Street
  • Chestnut Street
  • Bedford Street

*Note on Elm Street exemption: Snow removal operations will be underway on Elm Street and the adjacent side streets from  Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. until Feb. 20 at 7 a.m. All Surrounding side streets involved will be marked with “No Parking” signs prior to snow removal. Do not park here during snow removal.

Oh, and here’s how to get your towed car back

Vehicles that are impounded will be stored at the City’s Vehicle Impoundment Area, located in Derryfield Park off of Bridge Street.  In order to recover an impounded vehicle, the owner will be required to present proof of ownership and make a payment of $110 in cash.  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.

In addition, there is no overnight parking permitted on the circular portions of dead-end cul-de-sacs. Those in violation of this ordinance will be subject to a $25 fine. Upon declaration of a Snow Emergency, vehicles must be removed from both sides of all city streets. Snow Emergencies take effect from the time determined by the director, typically lasting from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Earlier start times and later end times may be set during unusually heavy storms. Any vehicle parked in violation of a Snow Emergency declaration will be removed and impounded.

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