Winter Parking Restrictions

Winter Parking RestrictionsParking is restricted on all public streets and sidewalks from December 1st to April 1st between 1 and 6 a.m., regardless of the current weather. Overnight parking is available in most municipal lots during the winter months for those residents and visitors who do not have adequate off-street parking.

NOTES: Due to the development of the First Street parking lot, First Street will be exempt from the Winter Parking Ban for vehicles displaying First Street Resident Parking Permits, except on storm nights.  Residents with First Street Resident Parking Permits will be allowed to park in either the Transportation Center Lot on Chestnut Street or in the Orchard Street Parking Garage.

Most city controlled parking lots in the downtown are available for overnight parking during the Winter Parking Ban hours.

Belknap LotNo overnight parking.  Park in the Locust Street lot instead.
Chestnut Lot(Doug’s Hoagies lot): Park only in outside rows facing the street or railroad tracks. No parking in the middle section.
Library Lot

Park in the row facing Atkinson Street or Locust Street.  Do not park in the middle or in the rows facing the McConnell Center or Nelson Street (the bluff).  Look for signs. 

Orchard Street Garage

Permit parking only from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. in spaces numbered 201 and higher. $3 flat fee metered parking overnight in spaces 101 to 162 only, 7 days a week.  

Orchard Street LotNo overnight parking in the surface lot. 
River Street LotArea to the north of the Makem Bridge (left as  you come off the bridge coming from Washington Street)
Transportation Center Parking LotPark along the tracks or in the bay adjacent to the meter closest to Chestnut Street.  Maps are posted at both meter locations.

ALL VEHICLES MUST ABIDE BY THE DAYTIME REGULATIONS OF THE PARKING LOT/AREA THEY ARE IN (meters, time limits, other restrictions)

  • Portland Avenue Lot (3-hr time limit from 9 am to 7 pm, M-F)
  • Transportation Lot (metered starting at 9 am)
  • Chestnut Street Lot (Doug's Hoagies) metered starting at 9 am 
  • Library/McConnell Center Lot (3-hr time limit starting at 8 am) 
  • Locust Street Lot (metered starting at 9 am) 
  • River Street (permit and/or metered parking starting at 9 am) 

WHEN NEEDED, DOVER WILL ENACT AN EMERGENCY PARKING BAN IN THE DOWNTOWN TO SUPPLEMENT THE CITYWIDE WINTER PARKING BAN.

The city will enact an Emergency Parking Ban for the downtown area when needed to facilitate snow removal. The Emergency Parking Ban will be announced by 3 p.m. each evening to take effect at 1 a.m. the following morning. When the Emergency Parking Ban is in effect, any car parked on a downtown street will be towed. Notification of the Emergency Parking Ban will be conducted through local media, the City of Dover web site, cable channel 22 as well as through an e-mail notification system.



Click here to view Downtown Emergency Parking Ban Map

Click Here To Return To The Dover Police Parking Bureau