Winter Parking Restrictions

Winter Parking Restrictions Winter Parking Ban Update

Starting November 1, 2018; the City of Dover is moving from a calendar-based winter parking ban to an “as-needed” restriction.  

Unless a parking ban is declared, there is no need to keep your vehicle off the streets as required by the old calendar-based restriction. 

When needed, a parking ban will be declared by 3 pm to begin at 10 PM city-wide, except for the areas on the downtown area map.   (Earlier start times may be enacted in either zone in the event of a major storm or cleanup). 

Any vehicle parked on the street, sidewalk or adjacent public parking area (such as the public angled parking spaces on School or First Streets) may be ticketed and/or towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. 

For more information and to sign up for parking ban notifications go to

Key Points of the new program:

  • Parking bans may be called for nights other than the storm night to accommodate clean-up activities.
  • It is incumbent on residents/businesses to notify their visitors of any parking ban.
  • Most public parking lots have areas available for overnight parking. Go to for info.
  • The parking garage has limited short term spaces available and is for “Permit Parking Only” above the 2nd floor (look for signs). Overnight parking is a $3 flat fee, 7 days a week.  You may pay remotely from your phone with the “Whoosh” app or use the meters at the garage. 
  • If you are going to be out of town for a few days and leaving a vehicle, assume a parking ban will be enacted and find alternative parking options. Do not try and predict the weather. 
  • It is incumbent on rental property owners to properly notify their tenants of the program, especially when they move in mid-season.

The restriction begins on the streets within the downtown area map at 1 AM the following morning of a declared ban. 

Central Avenue (Hale St. to New York St.)

Chapel St. (Main St. to St. John’s St.)

School Street

Main Street

Chestnut Street

St. Thomas Street (Central Ave. to Locust St.)

Hale Street

1st through 6th Streets (Chestnut St. to Central Ave.)

Washington (Chestnut St. to River St)

Henry Law (Washington St. to River St.)

River Street

Locust (Hale St. to Washington St.)

Questions?? Call 603-516-6132 or e-mail the Parking Bureau at

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