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    Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking

    SNOW EMERGENCIES & SNOW PARKING BANS

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    As we prepare for the winter season, we would like to remind residents to check the home page of the City’s website or call 203-946-SNOW for information on parking bans, service changes and other weather-related messages during inclement weather. 

    Additionally, the City of New Haven also utilizes the 3N Emergency Notification System to communicate emergency information through automated messages to your home phone; however, residents with mobile phones, unlisted phone numbers and those who have placed their phone numbers on the national Do Not Call List will not receive a phone call in the event of a city emergency. We strongly encourage all residents to add your phone numbers to the notification system by visiting: www.cityofnewhaven.com/emergencyinfo/optin.asp

    Furthermore, to avoid fines and the potential of your car being impounded, we encourage residents to pay close attention to parking bans during inclement weather.


    Significant snow storms typically require the banning of parking downtown and on major streets.  Occasionally, the ban may be extended to some residential streets as well.  Bans are typically announced in local media and on the telephone hotline: 203-946-SNOW (7669).

    A map of the downtown and major streets normally included in a snow emergency can be found on the Snow Emergency Areas map.  Downtown areas are marked in blue and major streets are colored in red.  (With the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can zoom on areas of this map of interest to you.) 

    The Mayor issues a parking ban in order to allow the Public Works Department to efficiently plow the city streets.  Violators of the ban impede our crews’ ability to do their jobs and inconvenience city residents and visitors.  Cars parked in violation of the ban are subject to ticketing and towing.


    For more information on snow emergencies, please see the excerpt from Article IV of Chapter 29 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of New Haven below:

    It is hereby declared to be in the best interest of the public safety, convenience and welfare of the city to regulate and restrict the parking of vehicles on public highways within the control and limits of said city, during a period of snow emergencies, so as not
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