Salem's Snow Emergency Parking Rules
The information below identifies allowable snow parking locations during a snow emergency in the City of Salem. Please note that most Salem Public School lots are NOT allowable off-street winter snow emergency parking. On-street parking on several streets and other sites that have been identified as wide enough to enable parking during snow emergencies is permitted, as well as parking in other City lots and garages, as indicated on the map and table below.
The activation of the blue snow emergency lights at key intersections around the City is a signal that residents should visit www.salem.com for additional information and not a representation that a snow emergency parking ban is necessarily in effect at that precise time. Snow emergency parking rates in the City garages go into effect two hours before the declared start of the snow emergency and not when the blue snow emergency lights are activated. Vehicles parked in the garages before the snow emergency will be charged the regular parking rate.
Again, Salem Public School lots are not allowable as snow emergency parking locations, except as specified below. Parking a vehicle in a school lot during a snow emergency will result in a ticket and tow.
Where alternative parking locations are on-street, residents parking in those locations must park between the posted snow emergency parking area signs. Vehicles parked outside of the signed area are subject to ticketing and towing.
Park lots and other past snow emergency parking locations continue to remain available, as well.
Snow Emergency Parking Location
Museum Place Parking Garage
1 New Liberty Street
$5/24 hours or any portion thereof, effective two hours before start of snow emergency.
252 Bridge Street
South Harbor Garage
10 Congress Street
$5/24 hours or any portion thereof, effective two hours before start of snow emergency.
|Hampton Inn Garage||Dodge Street||Garage||TBD||$5/24 hours or any portion thereof, effective two hours before start of snow emergency.|
Forest River Park
38 Clifton Avenue
Salem Willows Park
200 Fort Avenue
Universal Steel Parking Lot
297 Bridge Street
SSU O’Keefe Center
225 Canal Street
Free. Permit required. Call 978-542-7341 to obtain.
Sargent Street (west side only)
Lower Gallows Hill Park
50 Proctor Street
Free. Parts of this lot will be closed due to construction at the park in the winter of 2019-2020.
|West side only between Harbor and Dow Sts.|
Salem High School
Posted central lot
24 Fort Avenue
Free. Permit required. Visit the Parking Garage office, New Liberty Street, to obtain.
Shetland Office Park
78 Congress Street
Free. Permit required. Visit the Parking Garage office, New Liberty Street, to obtain. Vehicle must be removed within 30 minutes of end of parking ban.
Castle Hill Park
14 Story Road
Head-in spaces adjacent to Collins Middle School
Collins Street (east side only)
From Webb Street to Conners Road
29 Grove Street
Szetela Lane (north side only)
Szetela Lane along Collins Cove only
Bates School Basketball Court (not the parking lot)
55 Liberty Hill Avenue
Old Senior Center
5 Broad Street
behind Saltonstall School and Palmer Cove, Perpendicular spaces only
Broad Street Park
24 Jackson Street
54 Lafayette Place
1 Bridge Street
30 Leavitt Street
High Street Playground lot
2 High Street Court
Free. Zone D-Yellow resident parking only, however.
Beacon Avenue (east side perpendicular spaces)
Lathrop Street (north side only)
Along 9 Lathrop Street fence
|Howard Street Cemetery Lot|
Corner of Bridge & Howard Sts.
perpendicular parking spaces only
Not snow emergency parking
- All Salem Public School lots except those listed above.
- Mayor Jean A. Levesque Community Life Center parking lot at 401 Bridge Street.
- Church Street parking lots.
- Depot parking lot at the MBTA station.
- Riley Plaza parking lot (for permit holders only.)
Vehicles parked in any non-garage snow emergency parking location, including the new alternative on-street parking sites (Sargent Street, Congress Street, Collins Street, Szetela Lane, Beacon Avenue, and Lathrop Street) are required to be removed within six hours of the end of the snow emergency parking ban, unless otherwise posted or specified. Note that vehicles parked at Shetland must be removed from the lot within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the parking ban.
The only exception to this would be for vehicles parked at the Bates School basketball court, the designated central lot at Salem High School, the marked perpendicular spaces on Salem Street immediately behind the Saltonstall School and Palmer Cove, and the Jackson Street and Broad Street Park spaces. Vehicles in these school locations are required to be removed no later than 6:00 a.m., whether or not the parking ban has been lifted, unless otherwise notified. If snow emergency parking in these locations is extended beyond 6:00 a.m. on a given day, it will be posted at salem.com and on the City's social media accounts.
Vehicles that are not removed in a timely manner from any snow emergency parking location will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Vehicles parked in a garage after the snow emergency parking ban ends may continue to be charged at the regular non-snow emergency rate for that garage.
Snow removal at snow emergency parking locations will not take place until after snow clearing operations on City streets are completed. Please plan your vehicle needs and access accordingly.
Downtown Snow Emergency District
The City recognizes that businesses and restaurants continue to operate during snowfall, so this district designation allows patrons to park on these specific downtown streets for a longer period of time when there is snow. The parking ban time in downtown will be declared for each snow storm. For example, if a snow emergency is declared to become effective at 8:00 p.m., the City may separately enact a 10:00 p.m. parking ban declaration in the Downtown Snow Emergency District defined below. Any vehicles parked on streets in the district after the declared time will be ticketed and towed. The streets included in this district are as follows:
Streets in Downtown Snow Emergency District:
Washington Street (#1-191 only); Federal Street (from North Street to St. Peter Street); Essex Street (from North Street to Hawthorne Boulevard); Lynde Street; Norman Street; Church Street; Central Street (Essex Street to Derby Street); Front St., New Derby Street; Derby Street (Lafayette Street to Orange Street); Lafayette Street (#41-71 only); and Hawthorne Boulevard (westerly side of island).
Please be aware that snow plowing will still take place in this district during the entire snow event.
City of Salem's Snow Emergency Central
Welcome to our comprehensive online directory for all the information you'll need during Snow Emergencies and winter storms in Salem.
Current Snow Emergency Details
Please refer to the red banner on the top of the Salem.com homepage.
(If no banner appears, there is no Snow Emergency in effect).
Salem residents can sign-up for the City's CodeRED Alert System to receive notifications on Snow Emergencies via phone, e-mail and/or text by clicking here.
When a Snow Emergency goes into effect, vehicles must be removed from all City streets and sidewalks. Failure to do so will result in ticketing and/or towing.
- Click here for an interactive Snow Emergency parking map.
All vehicles must be removed from these parking locations following the cancellation of the snow emergency (weekends included) or vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.
Salem Snow Emergency Downloadable Brochure
Salem Plow Districts
Salem Sidewalk & Use Path Map
The City treats and plows high priority sidewalks and shared use paths. Click here for a map of these areas.
Winter Service Requests
Residents should report winter storm related issues by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Use this email address to report plowing issues, cases of snow left on or obstructing a sidewalk, and other similar snow-related issues.
OTHER IMPORTANT WINTER STORM INFORMATION
The removal of the snow and ice from sidewalks is greatly appreciated. This will help school children, the elderly, and the general public from having to walk in the street. The City of Salem clears designated sidewalks following each storm. It takes time to accomplish this task and it is only done after all the roads have been cleared.
There are city ordinances requiring property owners to remove snow and ice from their bordering sidewalks within six hours after the snow ceases to fall or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later. If the snow ceases to fall and the snow emergency lights are turned off in the nighttime, the snow shall be removed before 12:00 noon. If he/she neglects to do so, he/she shall be fined $25 for 1st offense, $75 for 2nd offense and $100 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
While the Department of Public Services tries to minimize the amount of snow that gets plowed across driveways and exits, it is unavoidable. Clearing driveway openings is the responsibility of the property owner. Plow blades cannot be lifted as they pass by a driveway. Unfortunately, snow will be plowed into driveways as we perform curb-to-curb plowing. You may wish to clear your driveway several times during the storm or wait until the storm and plowing activities have ended.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Snowplowing, shoveling, or throwing snow back onto the street when clearing driveways and sidewalks is prohibited by City Ordinance and violators can be fined $75 for 1st offense, $150 for 2nd offense and $200 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
Help us stop street flooding by shoveling out catch basins near your home.
There are many fire hydrants in the City of Salem. Please help Keep Salem Safe by shoveling around the hydrant(s) near your home.
Winter sand is available for residents (only) at the Department of Public Works Garage located at 5 Jefferson Avenue. Please limit yourselves to (2) pails per visit.