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Seasonal Parking Restrictions

The Halifax Regional Municipal overnight winter parking ban is in effect annually from December 15th to March 31st. The ban is enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. during declared weather events and snow removal operations only. Daily updates are provided throughout the winter season.

You can register for Overnight Winter Parking Ban notifications. Residents are advised not to rely solely on these notifications for parking ban information. For updates on the status of the parking ban, please visit, follow @hfxgov on Twitter, or call 311.

Provincially implemented winter parking restrictions may still exist for roads within the municipality that fall outside the municipal overnight winter parking ban enforcement boundary. Residents beyond the municipal enforcement boundary should consult the Province of Nova Scotia’s Winter Parking Ban website.

Regardless of the status of an overnight winter parking ban, or whether you have received a notification, vehicles can be ticketed or towed any time during the day or night, any day of the year, if they are interfering with snow-clearing operations, as per Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.

It might cost even more to park on the street during snowstorms and snow clearing activities this season. The average cost of a tow could increase by as much as $75 if your vehicle needs to be dug out of the snow before being towed.

To help avoid a ticket, as well as the inconvenience and cost of being towed, residents should ask themselves these four questions when considering parking on the street this winter:

1. Is the overnight parking ban currently being enforced?
2. Is your vehicle causing a safety issue?
3. Is it making the road impassable?
4. Is it impeding snow operations underway in the area?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, do not park on the street.