Snow Related Impacts

Snow Parking Ban Status


There is no parking ban at this time.

Snow Ban Off Street Parking Areas



Special exceptions to the parking ban may apply to the Downtown District (yellow marking), while the general parking ban applies to the entire city (marked in red and beyond).

Snow Ban Off Street Parking Areas

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

Citywide map


Snow Ban Notification Sign Up Form


The City of Portsmouth uses CodeRED for Snow Ban Parking notifications, if you would like to receive snow ban parking information via  SMS message or email, please sign up below or if you are on a mobile device click here


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the parking garage rates during snow bans?

When an advanced warning for a parking ban is declared, Portsmouth residents can park at the Hanover and Foundry Place garages at a special flat fee rate. From the time there is an advanced warning up until two hours after a parking ban has been terminated, it costs $5 to park at Hanover, and $3 to park at Foundry Place. To qualify for resident rates, residents must show a valid driver's license or vehicle registration with a valid Portsmouth address. 

What streets are included in the Downtown District?

  • State Street (Middle to Marcy)
  • Chestnut Street
  • Porter Street
  • Fleet Street
  • Court Place
  • Church Street
  • Pleasant Street (Court to Congress)
  • Penhallow Street
  • Custom House Court
  • 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 Ave to Brewster St)

How is trash and recycling collection affected during snow emergencies?

If Portsmouth schools are canceled, trash and recycling collection will be cancelled on that day and will have a rescheduled pickup on that following Saturday. Residents are also welcome to drop items off at the Recycling Center in the meantime.

Is there a phone number I can call to learn about snow bans?

Yes, residents can call our Snow Phone at 766-7669 (SNO-SNOW) to learn of the current parking ban status.

What other responsibilities should I consider during snow emergencies?

Snow clearing efforts are greatly reduced when residents clear sidewalks of debris, trash cans and recycling bins prior to a storm. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, please keep in mind that the driver has low visibility, typically 10 feet or less, and may not be able to see you. Please slow down and follow well behind the plow with your headlights on. If you must pass, please do so with extreme caution.

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