Winter parking bans

Five winter parking bans can be declared to support snow clearing operations in Winnipeg.

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban

In effect from December 1 to March 1 every year, vehicles may not park on designated snow routes between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Snow routes are clearly marked with signs like this:

Vehicles parked in violation of the annual snow route parking ban will receive a $100 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

Find out whether a property is on a snow route by using the interactive snow route map

Extended Snow Route Parking Ban

This ban may be declared following snow events or significant snow accumulation when additional overnight plowing is required on snow routes. When declared, this extends the annual snow route parking ban by two hours, so it’s in effect from midnight to 7 a.m.

Vehicles parked in violation of the extended snow route parking ban will receive a $100 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

Residential Parking Ban

A residential parking ban is called to facilitate the City’s snow clearing operations on residential streets. All residential streets have been assigned a snow zone, identified by a letter of the alphabet. It’s important that you familiarize yourself, and Know Your Zone by downloading the app, using our address lookup tool, or by contacting 311. The City will announce when the snow zone plow schedule is available prior to a residential plow operation.

Zones are plowed in 12 hour shifts:

  • Day Shift: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Night Shift: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Under normal conditions, it takes approximately five shifts to complete the plowing operation city-wide.

Vehicles parked in violation of the residential parking ban will receive a $150 ticket ($112.50 if paid early), and may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed or that has already been cleared.

If your vehicle has been towed, please contact 311 for its location.

Snow Emergency Parking Ban

The Mayor may declare a snow emergency at any time. This prompts a snow emergency parking ban that prohibits parking on snow routes at all times.

No tickets are issued under this ban; however, vehicles will be towed out of the way of snow plows to nearby locations. Vehicle owners can contact 311 to find out the location of their vehicle.

Temporary No Parking

Occasionally, individual streets may require additional snow removal work.

Temporary “No Parking” signs are posted when a street requires snow removal.

Vehicles parked in violation may be ticketed and towed.

Learn more through the Parking ban FAQ