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Winter: Snow and Parking
DuriSnowshoer in Actionng the winter months, being prepared for inclement conditions is very important, and the Lewiston Public Works Department is committed to providing the best winter travel possible during that season.

The City of Lewiston no longer exercises a City-wide overnight winter-long parking ban. On September 4, 2012, the City Council adopted a City-wide emergency parking ban system to be utilized as needed on a storm-by-storm basis.  Vehicle owners parking on any City street when a ban is declared will receive a $30 fine and towing at their expense.

If You Know of Residents Who Do Not Have Internet Access for Information on Parking Alternatives/Towing, Please Direct Them to Our "Emergency Winter Parking Ban Informational Phone Line" at 513-3141 (this is an informational resource--not a ban announcement phone line).

How Can I Find Out if a Winter Parking Ban Has Been Declared?
  • Be sure you're signed up for Alert Center at "Notify Me" at to receive  Emergency Alert notifications through e-mail, text, or both (your choice).  PLEASE NOTE:  Once you've subscribed, you will receive an email with instructions as to how to "activate" your notification sign-up.
  • Visit; an emergency drop-down banner will be visible on the home page
  • Connect with the City's Facebook page - "Official City of Lewiston, Maine"
  • Listen to radio & television broadcasts
  • View electronic message boards within the City of Lewiston; several will have parking ban info

Where Can I Park When a Winter Parking Ban Has Been Declared?
Alternate Parking Locations   Parking pre-planning is encouraged regarding winter storms.  Municipal lots (not schools) and parking garages are free to use from 6 p.m. or after until the following morning at 6 a.m. on weekdays and are free to use on weekends beginning 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday. 

Parking Garage Locations and Times When Parking is FREE


Please note that if you park in a Lewiston parking garage during a winter parking ban, some of the time utilized may be free; other time will not be.  For instance, if you enter the parking garage after 6 p.m. and you remove your vehicle by 6 a.m. the next morning, your stay will be free.  However, should your vehicle remain there longer, you will be charged regular garage use parking fees of $1.00 per hour. If your car is there several days in a row, you will be charged the $1.00 per hour up to the daily max of $6.00 for the day, and the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. aspect of your stay will continue to be free.  (Exception:  Weekends are free from 6 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday) 

If My Vehicle is Towed, How Can I Find Out Where It Is?
To locate a vehicle, the owner may call 784-6421 to find out which towing company has removed the vehicle and where it has been placed.

*In addition to any fine/towing expense incurred, no vehicle will be released until all unpaid tickets are paid in full .

How Do I Know if a Warming Site/Shelter Has Been Set Up?  To find out this information, the Androscoggin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) encourages individuals to call 2-1-1 Maine.  The 2-1-1 Maine Resource Line would have a list of any such sites in the local area. EMA would also release such inform to the local media/public access television.

Other Parking Restrictions

  • Although there is no longer a winter-long overnight parking ban, there are still some streets within the City of Lewiston that do have parking restrictions in effect 24 hours a day from December 1st through March 30th.  
  • Occasionally, streets will be posted for snow removal.  Notification is typically posted in a snowbank, and parking is prohibited in the marked area.  Parking restrictions for snow removal will be posted at various times; typical times are midnight to 6 a.m. OR 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • The City of Lewiston also has other posted parking restrictions to include "No Parking" zones, "Loading" zones, etc.

                                                        Information on Sidewalk Plowing

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