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When and where you park in the winter can have a big impact on clearing, both on the streets and sidewalks. The municipality has enhanced enforcement in areas around hospitals and schools, bus routes and problem streets for snow equipment and emergency vehicles. Stay informed - below is more information about the municipal overnight parking ban and Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.

Also consider leaving your car at home, if possible. Try walking, carpooling or take the bus. If you need your vehicle, plan ahead and make arrangements for off-street parking when the parking ban is enforced or bad weather is in the forecast. Please, think before you park this winter. It will help make the season a little easier on everyone. Thank you!

Municipal Overnight Parking Ban

Visit our Service Updates page for the current status of the municipal overnight parking ban.

The municipal overnight winter parking ban will be in effect this season from Dec. 15, 2016, to Mar. 31, 2017. It will be enforced only during declared weather events and ongoing clearing operations. When enforced, the parking ban is in effect from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m.

The easiest way to stay informed is to register for notifications.* PLEASE NOTE: The registration page is currently not compatible with Chrome or Safari web browsers and is not accessible through your smartphone. Please sign in on a desktop computer using either Internet Explorer or FireFox as your web browser. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Subscribers will receive phone, email and/or text alerts when the overnight parking ban will be enforced. Residents have the option to provide up to two phone numbers and up to two email addresses, or a combination of both. Regular text messaging rates will apply.

For those who signed up last season, there is no need to sign up again, unless your personal information has changed. You will continue to receive notifications this season when the ban will be enforced. Residents are advised not to rely solely on these notifications for parking ban information. You can also check @hfxgov on Twitter, or call 311.

If you have questions on the municipal overnight winter parking ban or an issue submitting your information, please call 311 or email



Parking Enforcment will also be ticketing vehicles that are obstructing sidewalk clearing. Vehicles hanging out of a driveway or parked on the sidewalk are in violation of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act. During a storm, these vehicles are prone to damage by snow-clearing equipment and are a dangerous obstacle for crews. They also prevent operators from clearing the sidewalks properly, which can quickly become an issue for pedestrians, including seniors, people with mobility issues and parents pushing strollers.

Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act

Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act governs all on-street parking during snow removal operations. According to this legislation, tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time during the day or night if they are interfering with snow-clearing operations. This legislation is in effect all the time.

To help avoid a ticket and the hassle and costs of being towed, residents should ask themselves these questions when considering parking on the street this winter:

  • Is the overnight parking ban currently being enforced?
  • Is your car causing a safety issue?
  • Is it making the road impassable?
  • 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. The municipality doesn't want to ticket or tow - the objective is to keep people off the streets in the first place to facilitate efficient and safe clearing to ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic have proper access.

*In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the personal information collected on this form will only be used by CityWatch for the identified mass notification purpose, for the purpose of clarifying the information submitted, for providing updates or seeking further information on this same subject. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902.490.4390 or

The CityWatch notification system is effective and efficient, but you should not rely on it exclusively for updates. This system supplements, rather than replaces, other communication methods used to broadcast winter parking ban information, including municipal Public Service Announcements, websites and social media channels. CityWatch notifications are dependent upon external providers such as your wireless carrier or email delivery service. Halifax Regional Municipality cannot guarantee that notifications will be received by the intended recipient. Service costs from your carrier are your responsibility.