What is a Winter Weather Parking Ban?
Last year, the City moved to a new parking ban system that was timed to match winter weather patterns rather than set times. Between November 15 and April 1, The Director of Roads and Parking Services may declare a winter weather parking ban for inclement weather including freezing rain or when Environment Canada forecasts 7 cm or more of snow in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow more than 7 cm, including 5 to 10 cm. During a winter weather parking ban, vehicles without a residential parking permit that are parked on the street during a parking ban may be ticketed and towed.
When a winter weather parking ban is called, the City issues a special advisory to the local media and posts it on social media, sends an email to registered residents and updates the City’s App. The parking ban ends when snow clearing is completed and the City issues an advisory indicating the ban has been lifted.
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How Will Residents Know There is a Winter Weather Parking Ban in Place?
Residents are responsible for moving their vehicle during a winter weather parking ban. Residents can sign up to receive an email notice about the parking ban at Ottawa.ca. Residents can also follow the City’s Twitter, Facebook and Ottawa.ca webpage for updates. Local media will also have information about the winter weather parking ban.
Where Can Residents Park During a Winter Weather Parking Ban?
Residents are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are removed from the roadway when a winter weather parking ban is in place. Residents may wish to approach a neighbour, local business or friend to see if they can park their car at their home or workplace during a ban.
The City also offers free parking at select municipal parking facilities and four specific OC Transpo Park and Ride Locations. A list of the available locations that can be accessed during a winter parking ban is available at Ottawa.ca.
This year, with many residents working and learning from home, finding parking during a winter weather parking ban could be challenging. To support residents throughout this pandemic, the City is exploring additional parking options, including other City facilities and Park and Ride locations. Please consult the Ottawa.ca website for updates on free parking locations during a winter weather parking ban.