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Residential Parking Ban Frequently Asked Questions

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How many times per winter is the residential parking ban put in place?

On average, the residential parking ban is declared two to three times per winter when snow clearing of residential streets is required due to heavy snowfall.

Will my car be towed away if it is in violation of the residential parking ban?

Vehicles that are not in compliance with the parking ban are likely to be towed and relocated to a nearby street. As such, vehicles will not be towed to the towing company's compound. The location of these relocated vehicles can be found by contacting 311.

Will my residential street always have the same snow zone letter of the alphabet?

Your residential street will have the same snow zone letter designation from the alphabet all this winter. Next year your letter may change, and you will need to check your snow zone letter again next winter. Zone letters are not assigned to streets that are not designated residential streets or streets where parking ban is not in effect.

Is it possible that my snow zone will be scheduled for more than one 12-hour shift of snow clearing?

It is possible that your snow zone may need to be scheduled for more than a single 12-hour shift. This could occur when the progress of the snow clearing operation is delayed due to heavy accumulations of snow and ice or when plowing is required during extreme cold temperatures. If this were to occur updates would be provided through the media, knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca, 311, and through email and Twitter notifications.

My street wasn't scheduled to be plowed last night, but snow clearing equipment came down the street anyway. How come?

The scheduling of snow clearing progress is based on the City's best estimate of the snow clearing conditions that may be encountered, but they are very dependent upon weather conditions. There will be occasions where the crews are able to proceed faster than expected and, on those occasions, they may move into areas that have not been identified for plowing. In those instances the plowing crews will be clearing the non-parking side of the street only. The parking side of the street would then be scheduled for clearing the next shift when the cars could be removed.

How are residential streets prioritized for plowing?

Residential street snow zones are prioritized for snow clearing based on recycling/garbage day.

The street was not cleared as scheduled. When will it be cleared?

If a residential street was not cleared as scheduled, it will be cleared after plowing has been completed city-wide.

  • You won't be notified directly about the snow clearing.
  • Watch for temporary no parking signs that may be placed on your street.
  • Vehicles parked in violation of temporary no parking signs may be ticketed and towed.
When I checked Knowyourzone, my address was not assigned a snow zone. What should I do?

This means the street is not a residential street, and the residential parking ban doesn't apply.

  • Your street might be a Priority 1 or Priority 2 street, or your street may be in a rural area where parking bans are not required.
  • Many Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets are marked with snow routes signs. Check for these signs on your street and be advised:
    • In the winter (December 1 and March 1), parking is restricted on snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. nightly.
    • Vehicles parked in violation of the annual snow route parking ban will receive a ticket in the amount of $100 ($50 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company's compound.
I live on a road in a rural location in Winnipeg which is prone to drifting snow. Do I have a snow zone and am I plowed as a residential street?

No, Snow zones do not apply to the street and the street is not part of the residential parking ban.

  • Clearing will be undertaken at a separate time with no additional parking restrictions.
I work on a street in an industrial area of Winnipeg. Is it assigned a snow zone?

No, Snow zones do not apply to this street and the street is not part of the residential snow clearing operation.

  • Clearing will be undertaken at a separate time with no additional parking restrictions.
I live at a location that has a front street address, but with no front street access, only rear access. Do I have a snow zone and am I plowed as a residential street?

No, the street is cleared as a back lane and Snow zones do not apply.

  • Back lane snow clearing is not done as part of the residential parking ban.
  • Clearing will be undertaken at a separate time with no additional parking restrictions.
I live on a service road adjacent to a main route/bus route. When will my street be cleared?

Service Roads are cleared as part of the residential street snow clearing operation and as such are assigned a snow zone letter of the alphabet. The residential parking ban applies to service roads so motorists are advised to move their vehicle to an appropriate off-street parking location when their snow zone is scheduled. For some locations temporary no parking signs will be placed on the service road to aid snow clearing at a later time.

Last update: October 27, 2017