When might the City Declare an Emergency Snow Parking Ban?

When, and if, snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, the City of Cleveland Director of Public Safety may enact a Snow Emergency Parking Ban.

Read the “Snow Ban” policy here and see a list of “Emergency Snow Streets” that have posted signage. 


The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs.

Once the parking ban begins, it will continue until further notice. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.

Additionally, the City of Cleveland may request voluntary compliance during periods of snow from residents who are parked in areas that do not have parking bans.

This will ensure that plows can service the entire width of the street, curb-to-curb, making the street clearer and safer and eliminating snow and ice build up around parked cars.

Parking bans are designated on streets that are identified as necessary thoroughfares for the transportation of food, fuel, supplies, medical care, health emergencies, and fire and police protection.