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Town Provides Guidance on Declaration of Parking Bans

Posted on
January 14, 2022
Town Hall

In 2015, the Town of Winchester revised it's policy on winter weather parking bans.  Instead of a fixed start and end date for parking on the street, the Town adopted a policy of announcing a parking ban. 

In the best interest of public safety, convenience and welfare, the Town regulates and restricts the parking of vehicles and equipment on public roadways within the control and limits of the town, including state roads, so as to not impede the transportation and movement of vehicles, food, fuel, medical care, fire, health, police protection and other vital functions of the Town.  

A Parking Ban shall be declared by the Town Manager in consultation with the Chief of Police and Public Works Director before, during or after an event.  The parking ban declaration shall occur at least two (2) hours prior to enforcement actions and remain in effect until cancelled by the Town Manager or his designee.  The Town will make every effort to utilize available methods to share the declaration including, but not limited to: radio (WZBG 97.3, WAPJ 89.9), television (WFSB Channel 3), Town's website, and various social platforms (Facebook, Twitter).

During the Parking Ban, it shall be unlawful for the owner of a vehicle or person whose name it is registered to allow, permit or suffer such vehicle to stand or park in any town controlled roadway or municipal parking lots, except for 85-123 Prospect Street, in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic, or to hamper and interfere with the duties and responsibilities of Public Works or other emergency services.  Any person who shall violate any provisions of Ordinance Section 40 shall be subject to a fine of $75 for each violation, and may be subject to towing of any vehicle to a private storage facility and pay all associated costs.

Please note that the former Bank of America parking lot on Center Street and the adjacent municipal lot may be used for parking during a town-wide parking ban.