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George Rheault

Jan 24, 2023, 9:52:23 AMJan 24
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As part of PBPAC's ongoing learning about winter operations, it would be great to understand how much money is involved with Yellow Ban maneuvers (see below).  City workers are involved no doubt but also contractors (mostly dump truck haulers I believe who receive the snow loads and then cart them off to various places like the Western Waterfront's Snow Mountain).  

Two relatively big snow dumps within 4 days makes this operation more efficient than if it was just being done for one stand-alone storm, but one does wonder what kinds of savings could be achieved by just leaving the snow where it is (which of course is understandably not always a preferred option for reasons that have to do as much with city parking revenue as safety and well-being of area users - both walkers and drivers).

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From: City of Portland <ale...@civicready.com>
Date: Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 8:58 AM
Subject: City of Portland Alert: Yellow Zone Parking Ban Declared 10PM Tues, Jan 24 Through 6AM Wed, Jan 25
To: <george....@gmail.com>

Alert Sent On: 01/24/2023 08:55:41 AM EST

Yellow Zone Parking Ban Declared Tuesday, January 24 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, January 25 


A Yellow Zone Parking Ban has been declared beginning at 10:00 PM Tuesday, January 24 through 6:00 AM Wednesday, January 25. Vehicles left on city streets within the yellow zone after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense.

The Yellow Zone snow ban is used to allow crews to perform snow hauling following major snow storms as it is important to clear the narrow downtown streets. 

The Yellow Zone includes the downtown district bounded by Cumberland Avenue, Franklin Street, Commercial Street, and State Street. Click here for a map of the Yellow Zone.

It's imperative that people comply with parking bans so that plow trucks can properly clear the streets, remove snow, and bring back parking spaces that people rely on. When compliance isn't great, it not only is not fair for those who do move, but it creates messier streets, more work for plow truck crews, and leads to the need for more parking bans. Additionally, our crews need to be able to clean up snow ban parking lots following the end of a parking ban, so we appreciate compliance with leaving these lots on time.


The City offers numerous free options for parking during a snow ban. These lots are available after 5:00 PM on weekdays on the day a ban is called unless otherwise posted. School lots and unrestricted parking areas can be accessed earlier on weekends/when school is not in session. 

All vehicle owners must remove their vehicles from these designated areas listed below by 7:00 AM (except for school lots, which are 6:30 AM and by 8:00 AM for the Promenades, State St Ext., and Marginal Way) the morning the ban is removed. 

The City may tow, at the owner's expense, any vehicle which has not been removed by the deadline:

  • Deering Oaks - on the Tennis Court Road only - only on the left side of the road. No parking on the right side.
  • Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot - this is the lot behind the Ice Arena. Do not park adjacent to the Ice Arena.

  • Hadlock Field parking lot

  • All Portland Public School parking lots except the Reiche School lots that abut the school and playgrounds/soccer field and pool on Clark St AND Brackett Street. *Must be out by 6:30 AM.

  • No parking at Longfellow School on Stevens Avenue due to construction. 

  • Cutter St. lots (off the Eastern Prom)

  • Beach St. lot accessible from Commercial St. after 8 PM.

  • City lot at the corner of Park and Commercial Streets across the street from the IMT (International Marine Terminal) AKA Angelo's Acre, 441 Commercial St.

  • On Peaks Island, snow ban parking is available at the Welch St. parking lot

  • Western Prom - The entire waterside of the Western Prom

  • Eastern Prom - Turner to East End School property light pole 33 (waterside)

  • Marginal Way - Plowman to just before the entrance area to the East End Wastewater treatment Plant (waterside) ** Please do not park on Marginal Way if there is flooding or standing water. **Parking is not allowed in the Maine DOT park and ride lot.

  • Preble Street Extension Parking Lot (Across from Hannaford) - adhere to the spaces that are designated for snow ban parking.

  • State Street Extension - Parking is available on State St Ext between Forest Ave &  Park Ave across from the entrance to Deering Oaks Park. Left side of the road only where parking is typically available. Adhere to any no parking signs closest to Forest Ave. 


Most parking garages will be available during official snow bans at reduced rates. Please check with the individual garages to understand their rules. 

Vehicles must be out of these alternate parking lots by 7:00 AM (unless otherwise noted) the morning the ban is lifted.

Public Works Customer Service: 207-874-8493 

Parking Ban Hotline: 207-879-0300

Snow Ban Info

Winter Operations Reminders


  • The City’s sidewalk snow removal ordinance requires business owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their property 12 hours following a winter storm, and residential owners to clear snow and ice abutting their property 18 hours following the end of a storm or when the City finishes snow removal operations, whichever is later.  

  • Business owners who fail to remove snow and ice within these time frames risk facing a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second offense within the same winter season and $1,000 for any subsequent offense within the same winter season. Additionally, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

  • Residential owners can be fined $75 for the first offense, $125 for the second offense in the same winter season and $250 for any subsequent offense in the same winter season. Like business owners, should the city have to remove the snow and ice or arrange for its removal, the property owner will be charged for the cost of removal plus a 10% charge for administration. 

  • Click here to see which sidewalks the City clears. Note:  The map has been updated since last winter.

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