Overnight Parking

How can I find out if there is an overnight parking ban in effect?

Sign up to receive e-mail or Twitter notifications of overnight parking restrictions at ottawa.ca/winterparking. This service is free and you can unsubscribe anytime. Call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). Listen to local media for special advisories about on-street parking.

How do I sign up to receive e-Alerts or Twitter notifications of overnight parking restrictions?

Twitter and e-Alerts are free. Start by visiting the web page Ottawa.ca/winterparking. Locate the “Sign Up” box on the right-hand side of the screen.

For e-Alerts, click the link “Sign up for Winter Parking e-Alerts.” Next, follow the instructions provided, entering your name, e-mail address and mail preferences. Once you hit “submit,” you will receive an e-mail asking that you confirm the subscription. Sign-up is completed once sent this confirmation.

For Twitter, you must first have a Twitter account. If you don’t have an account, simply visit Twitter.com and click on the “Sign Up Now” link located at the right-hand side of the screen. Follow the Twitter instructions. Next, go back to ottawa.ca/winterparking and within the “Sign Up” box on the right-hand side of the screen, click the link “Winter Parking Alerts on Twitter. On the next page, click the link twitter.com/ottawaparking. Sign into your Twitter account and click “follow.” Alternatively, within Twitter, click “Find People” at the top of the screen. Type “ottawaparking.” Search and click “Follow.”

How do I receive Twitter notifications on my cell phone?

While logged into your Twitter account, go to “Settings.” Click on the tab named “Mobile.” Read the information on the right-hand of the screen and enter the required information. Now you don’t need to be near your computer to receive notification of overnight parking restrictions!

Why are there temporary no parking signs placed in snow banks?

When snow removal is planned, City staff develop a street-by-street schedule for the snow removal operation. City crews place temporary ‘No Parking’ signs along the roadside 12 hours prior to snow removal operation. Vehicles parked where temporary no-parking signs are posted will be ticketed and towed away. The residents are encouraged to park on nearby streets where no signs are posted.

When does the overnight parking ban come into effect?

Winter overnight parking regulations are in effect throughout the city from November 15 to April 1. This means that residents cannot park on city streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. when a snow accumulation of 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. On-street parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction.

These restrictions allow snow removal crews clearer access to streets, creating a faster and more efficient process.