During the winter months, the City's snow-clearing teams are working to keep your roads safe and clear for motorists, public transit, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Sign up for Winter Parking e-Alerts to receive e-mail notification of overnight parking bans.
- Follow the City of Ottawa Winter Parking Alerts on Twitter (@ottawacity)
- You can also find out if a winter overnight parking restriction is currently in effect by:
- Going to the City's online newsroom for special advisories about on-street parking restrictions
- Calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401)
- Tuning in to local media for announcements about overnight parking restrictions
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Winter overnight parking regulations
Winter overnight parking regulations are in effect throughout the city from November 15 to April 1. There is no parking on city streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. when 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow of more than 7 cm (for example, 5 to 10 cm). Vehicles that remain parked on the street during an overnight parking restriction will be ticketed and could be fined. On-street parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted at any time in City of Ottawa facility parking lots.
To inform residents and motorists, a special advisory is issued to the local media announcing that an overnight parking restriction is in effect. All special advisories are posted online in the City's newsroom. Enforcement of winter overnight parking restrictions will continue each evening until snow clearing is completed and the City issues a special advisory indicating that the overnight parking restriction has been lifted.
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Planned snow removal parking restrictions
Throughout the winter, snow removal may be planned during the day or night even when no snowfall is forecast. When crews plan to remove snow, they will post temporary "no parking" snow removal signs ahead of time alerting motorists that snow removal is planned. Do not park where you see temporary "no parking" snow removal signs posted or your vehicle will be ticketed with a fine and towed to a nearby street. This restriction applies to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted at any time in City of Ottawa facility parking lots.
“No Parking” Snow Removal Signs:
How to find your car if you’ve been ticketed and towed
Towed vehicles are usually moved a few blocks to a nearby street where snow removal has already taken place.
If you are unable to find your vehicle on your own, call the Ottawa Police Service at 613-230-6211 (TTY: 613-232-1123).
All towed vehicles are logged and Ottawa Police Services will be able to tell you the location of your vehicle.
Street Parking Tip
Keep in mind parking is prohibited in excess of three hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week unless otherwise posted.
The City of Ottawa's Traffic and Parking By-Law No. 2003-530 has information about On-Street Parking restrictions, and other regulations to be in the know to avoid the ticket and tow.
If you’ve already been ticketed and towed, see Parking Ticket Payment Options
On-street parking permit holders and winter
If you have an on-street parking permit, your vehicle is exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions.
During planned overnight snow removal, temporary "no parking" snow removal signs will be posted along streets to be cleared. This parking restriction applies to all vehicles, including vehicles with on-street parking permits. If you park your vehicle overnight on a street with temporary "no parking" snow removal signs, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted at any time in City of Ottawa facility parking lots.
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For more information about winter overnight parking restrictions and planned snow removal, call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).