Snow Related Impacts

Snow Impacts

There are currently no snow impact notices.


  1. Sign Up for Smart911. Receive automated alerts via text*, voicemail, or email. The City encourages all residents to sign up for the Smart911 messaging system to assist you in staying informed of snow-related emergencies.
    *Messaging and data rates from your carrier may apply. 

  2. Call the Snow Phone Hotline: 603.766.7669





Snow Ban Off-Street Parking Areas


Snow Emergency Parking Bans apply to the entire City (all streets within red outline below) except for the Downtown Business Area (red downtown area below) at the time of declaration. 

When necessary, a Parking Ban in the Downtown Business Area is enforced from 1 am to 9 am.

Snowban parking area in downtown PortsmouthThe Downtown Business Area includes the following streets:

* State Street (Middle to Marcy)

* Chestnut Street

* Porter Street

* Fleet Street

* Court Place

* Church Street

* Pleasant Street (Court to Congress)

* Penhallow Street

* Custom House Lane

* Sheafe Street

* Chapel Street

* Daniel Street

* Congress Street

* Market Street (Congress to Deer)

* Ladd Street

* High Street

* Hanover Street (Bridge to Market)

* Islington Street (Maplewood to Brewster)

Under a Declared Parking Ban, residents are encouraged to park in the green areas marked below or to take advantage of Flat Rate** Parking at Hanover Garage ($5 per exit) and Foundry Garage (also $5 per exit), good from the time an Advanced Warning is announced until 2 hours after the Ban Cancellation is issued.

**To receive the Flat Rate, Residents must bring proof of residency and payment (cash or credit) to the attendant at the parking booth before retrieving their vehicle.  Automated devices (pay in lane and pay-on-foot) are not equipped to vet residency and apply reduced rates.  Residents seeking the flat rate must see the cashier.  

If you car is parked on ANY CITY STREET within the defined parking ban times during a declared snow ban, your car will be towed. 



Snow Loadout Operations


When there is heavy snow accumulation Public Works crews will conduct snow load out in order to clear streets and improve safety. These operations continue throughout the night into early the following morning. Therefore, all vehicles must be removed from the posted downtown City streets prior to the times displayed per area on the map below. (For a larger map, click here.) This map indicates the planned routes crews will be addressing in phases throughout the evening. Residents are encouraged to park in the City garages where flat parking fees apply ($5 Foundry, $5 Hanover), starting at 5:30 pm on the scheduled Load Out day until 10 am - 2 hours after the loadout parking ban is scheduled to be lifted at 8 am. For a larger PDF of this map/schedule, click here.

Load Out Map



How to Unsubscribe from the Smart911 System

To unsubscribe from snow ban notifications from Smart911 login using the credentials used to opt-in, you can update your preferences or unsubscribe.

City staff is unable to make changes in Smart911 subscriptions because some of the information (and some of the subscriber lists) include confidential information supplied for the use of the Fire and Police Departments. In addition to snow parking alerts, the Smart911 system is tied into the dispatch system for the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Foundry Place parking rates?

The Foundry Place Garage (600 spaces) is open 24/7.  Rates are $1.00 per hour; Max Rate: $20.00; Lost ticket: $20.00; Free All day parking on Sunday for Portsmouth Residents.  Residents must show driver’s license for proof of Portsmouth Residency.

How can I obtain a monthly parking pass at Foundry Place?

If you are interested in obtaining a monthly parking pass at the new garage, please do the following at your earliest convenience:

Current Hanover pass holders and new customers should contact the Parking Clerk’s office at City Hall in person to put down a deposit of the first month’s payment to secure your pass.

  • Card deposits will transfer from Hanover to the Foundry
  • Payments made for parking at Hanover will be applied to your new Foundry account

Interested parties can also secure a Foundry account by stopping by the Parking Attendant Booth at the Hanover Parking Garage. You will need to provide contact information and a check deposit to secure your space. 

How can I pay to park at Foundry Place?

Take your ticket with you when you park. There will be pay stations located in the elevator bay (cash and credit cards accepted) and in the west stairwell near Rock Street (credit card only). Patrons will pay at the paystation upon returning to the garage, and prior to retrieving their vehicle. Once payment is made, patrons will retrieve their vehicle and proceed to the exit station, insert their paid ticket, and the gate will allow exit. There is also the ability to pay at the exit stations (credit card only). The EZPark system and the Park Mobile app cannot be used to pay for parking at the Foundry Garage. 

Are there electric vehicle charging stations at Foundry Place?

Yes, there are three charging stations at Foundry Garage; two plugs on the first level and one plug on the second level.

Is there public art at this facility?

The Foundry Place Garage, in accordance with chapter 1, Article XVII. Section 1.1702 Percent for arts, includes $150,000 in the project budget to solicit artists for artwork to be included as part of the project. The Foundry Place Project Planning Committee received six proposals as finalists for the Percent for Art public art at the new Garage. These proposals represented a wide range of conceptual ideas, materials, and uses for the space inside and outside of the new garage. Two projects were chosen, the "Etched Glass Concept" and the "Hammer Concept," shown below.