Having lived in a bunch of different places as an adult, one of the things that always struck me is how differently towns handle winter parking.

Many rural towns just go with the flow, while most cities seem to have very specific rules.  For example, in Erie, Pennsylvania, parking alternated between the sides of the street.  On certain days, you could park on the side with the odd number addresses.  On other days, you were allowed to park on the even number addresses side of the street.  This was necessary because there was a lack of off-street parking.

Augusta, Maine, falls in the middle.

Occasionally, when we get a significant snowstorm, city officials enact a full parking ban.  That means that no one is allowed to parking on the street during the ban.

Most of the time, however, we deal with an overnight parking ban.  Unless you have been approved for a waiver, you are not supposed to park on the street between 10 PM and 7 AM.

Fortunately, that winter parking ban is almost over.  The ban generally starts on November 15 and runs through April 15.

If your parking situation is difficult, you can apply for a waiver that will allow you to park on the street overnight.  This is a great option for those who live in an apartment building or a rooming house.

If it becomes necessary to plow your street, law enforcement will look up your phone number and attempt to call you to get you to move your vehicle.  However, if they cannot reach you, they will have your vehicle towed.

You can get more information about applying for the permit HERE.

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