Police Department

Winter Parking

Parking Bans

Burlington maintains a warning system of yellow lights mounted on utility poles throughout the city. These lights are activated when a snow parking ban is declared. Parking bans must be declared by 3:00pm and take effect at 10:00pm that night. When the lights are on, parking is prohibited on any street in the residential areas from 10:00pm to 7:00am and in the downtown/Church Street Marketplace areas from 12:00 midnight to 6:00am. This prohibition allows snow removal crews to effectively clear city streets of snow and restore them to operating efficiently. Vehicles found on the street will be issued a $125.00 parking ticket and towed to the nearest street the Public Works Department designates as a drop-off point. This would be a street that has been cleared of snow. Vehicles found with more than $75.00 in outstanding fines or previous winter tow tickets will be towed to a designated garage until payment is made. During parking bans, free parking is available in the City owned parking garages.



The Burlington Police Department is a member of NIXLE, a trusted messaging system with partners such as National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems, the US Conference of Mayors, the Council of State Governments, the Police Executive Research Forum, and a host of others. Members of NIXLE will receive messages from the Burlington Police Department regarding PARKING BAN NOTIFICATIONS.

VERMONT ALERT is another great resource for broader state announcemets, including weather related updates and advisories.

Local television and radio stations are notified of parking bans and asked to announce to listeners. Updates are also available by calling (802) 658-SNOW (7669) where you will hear an automated message with any parking bans in effect.