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Snow route parking bans FAQ

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Background | Process | Do I live on a snow route | Parking | Exceptions | Enforcement

 

Background

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​A snow route parking ban is a temporary parking restriction on roads designated as snow routes. Parking bans allow crews to clear snow more effectively and efficiently when they don’t have to work around parked cars. Snow routes include major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes, and are marked by blue signs with a white snowflake. Check the address lookup to see if you are affected by snow route parking bans.

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​The City will call a parking ban when a significant amount of snow has fallen and / or built-up around on-street parking spots along designated snow routes.

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Process - How snow route parking bans work

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​If a snow route parking ban is necessary, The City will announce, through the media and other channels, that a parking ban will come into effect in the next one to two days. The advisory encourages Calgarians to be proactive and remove their vehicles from the street before a parking ban goes into effect. Once the parking ban is in effect, all vehicles must be moved off snow routes until the ban is lifted.

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​Snow route parking bans could be in effect for up to 72 hours. There may be times when parking bans are shortened if the work is completed in less time.

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​No, please put your blue, black and green carts on the sidewalk or boulevard next to the curb when a parking ban is in effect. If your carts are picked up from a back lane, put them in the usual place. Make sure to leave at least one metre between carts and surrounding objects such as parked cars.

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Do I live on a snow route?

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​Possibly. Snow route signs may only be posted at entry points to the route. Roads with only a few entry points will have fewer signs. It’s better to know than be towed; check the address lookup to see if you are affected by snow route parking bans.

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Parking - Where can I park during a parking ban?

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​No, not until The City announces that the parking ban has been lifted. Snow plows often return to the same locations multiple times to ensure the snow is cleared as thoroughly as possible. If you are unsure if you can park, check Snow and Ice Updates or call 311 to find out if the snow route parking ban is still in effect.

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If you live or work on a snow route, find alternate parking in a garage, underground parkade, surface lot or on a secondary side street. Calgary Parking Authority provides free overnight parking in their parkades and surface lots when a parking ban is in effect. Visit  Calgary Parking Authority for information on lot locations.

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Parking is allowed in back alleys during a snow route parking ban provided the following conditions are met:
  • The alley is wider than 6.1 metres and there are no pre-existing parking restrictions.
  • There's at least 1.5 metres of space left between the vehicle and driveway or garage.
  • The vehicle is not parked directly across from a driveway or garage.
  • There’s at least 1 metre of space left between the vehicle and closest blue, black and green carts.
  • There's at least 3 metres of clearance on either side of the vehicle to allow others to pass through unobstructed. See the traffic bylaw for more information.
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​No, parking on a lawn is prohibited under The City’s Land Use Bylaw.

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Exceptions

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​Yes. Snow routes located in Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and downtown are exempt from the snow route parking ban from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Existing parking controls remain in effect at all times. Please refer to the map for more information.

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​On-street accessible parking zones located along snow routes are excluded from parking bans at all times. If you or a household member have mobility issues, learn more about accessible parking zones and how to apply for one.

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Enforcement

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​If you have questions about parking enforcement, either during a snow route parking ban or otherwise, please contact the Calgary Parking Authority.

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​Vehicles that remain parked on snow routes during a parking ban may be ticketed and towed. See the Calgary Parking Authority website for more information.

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​Contact Calgary Parking Authority for more information on enforcement practices.

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Snow Route Map

Snow route signs are posted along all affected roadways. Check the snow route parking map to find out where snow routes are located.

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Parking Ban Email Alerts

Sign-up to receive email notifications when a Snow Route Parking Ban is coming into effect and when it's been lifted.

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Where to park during a Ban

Find an alternative parking space on a secondary road or at a designated Park Plus spot operated by the Calgary Parking Authority.

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Parking ban enforcement

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) can ticket and/or tow vehicles parked on a Snow Route. Learn more about CPA’s enforcement practices during a Snow Route parking ban.


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