Winter Parking

How do I know if there is a parking ban?

Winthrop Blue Lights

Upon announcement by the National Weather Service or local news media outlets of expected or impending snowfall, motorists must remove parked vehicles from the streets.  As a courtesy, the Town of Winthrop has strategically installed a system of blue lights throughout Winthrop that can be activated to alert residents of an impending storm.  When lit, the lights indicate that a snow ban is effect. Additionally, the town will inform residents via the official town website and social media accounts as well as WCAT.  While the town will use these methods to notify motorists, please remember that persons responsible for parking automobiles must keep informed at all times of snowstorm forecasts in order that vehicles may be properly removed from town streets.

Parking Ban

All cars must be removed from Winthrop's Public Streets, except for:

Bowdoin StreetODD Side from Buchanan St to Bates Ave
Brookfield RoadEVEN Side
Morton StreetMarsh Side
River RoadEVEN Side 
Seaview AvenueEVEN Side
Siren StreetODD Side from the Easterly property line of 19 Siren St to Triton Ave
Veterans RoadGolf Course Side
Waldemar AvenueODD Side from Wheelock St to Pleasant St
Walden StreetIngleside Park Side
Winthrop StreetODD Side from Magee's Corner to Banks St

For a map of these locations as well as municipal lots where parking is allowed during a snow event, please click here

Vehicles must be removed from these excepted streets immediately upon cessation of snow during daylight hours or, in the case of storm events occurring during the nighttime hours, by 8:00 a.m. in order to facilitate snow removal operations. Violators will be subject to ticketing or towing at the expense of the vehicle owner.

Blue Light Locations:

  • Crest Avenue & Revere Street
  • Magee's Corner (Main Street, Revere Street, & Winthrop Street)
  • Main Street & Hermon Street
  • Main Street & Pleasant Street
  • Pleasant Street & Pauline Pauline Street
  • Veterans Road & Shirley Street

When returning to the streets after a snowfall, please remember that vehicles cannot be parked more than 12 inches from the curb.  While snow removal crews try to get as close to the curb as possible when plowing, motorists may need to clear out space for their car in order to meet this requirement.  Additionally, town ordinance prohibits anyone from obstructing the public street or sidewalk without a permit from the Town Council. Therefore, any chairs, barrels, traffic cones or other objects placed in the public way to "reserve" parking spaces will be removed and disposed of immediately.

For the full text of the winter parking ordinance, please click here