Snow Route Parking Bans

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Snow routes are designated by these signs. If you are unsure if you live in a snow route area, please check

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for enforcement related FAQs as they pertain to the Snow Route Parking Ban. For all other FAQs, please see the City of Calgary's Snow Ban FAQs.

Effective October 15, 2011, parking is temporarily restricted on designated Snow Routes for up to 72 hours following the declaration of a snow event by The City of Calgary. When a Snow Route parking ban is in effect, citizens will be asked to remove their vehicles from the affected roads immediately to facilitate plowing.

The Calgary Parking Authority is responsible for enforcing the snow route parking ban. Vehicles left in a parking restricted area will be subject to enforcement measures up to and including a parking tag and tow.

CPA Parking Safety and Compliance officers systematically make their way through each community as snow removal progresses. We appreciate your patience as the Calgary Parking Authority dedicates every available officer to snow route enforcement during snow route parking bans.   

The snow route parking ban falls under the Calgary Traffic Bylaw 26M96, Section 37.1 (6) Parking on Snow Control Route during Snow Event. The fine for this offence is $120. If the ticket is paid within 10 days, the cost is $80. If it's paid within 30 days the cost is $90.

Sign up for convenient snow event alert notifications via The City of Calgary myID at

Please call 311 or visit to find out if a snow event is currently in place.


Snow Route Exemptions

On-Street Handicap Zones – no parking bans

On-street handicap zones located along snow routes will be exempt from the parking ban at all times. 

Downtown and Business Revitalization Zones – parking bans 9 p.m.- 6 a.m.

Vehicles can continue to park in ParkPlus zones located on Snow Routes during the day (from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.) Monday to Saturday during a Snow Event. Parking is not permitted in ParkPlus zones during a Snow Event from 21:00-0:600 (9 p.m. until 6 a.m.) when a ban is in effect. Check out the map for further information

For the snow event parking ban reminder letter, click here.

Where to Park during a Snow Route Parking Ban

Calgarians living and/or working along Snow Route areas are encouraged to find alternate parking in a garage, underground parkade, surface lot or on secondary side streets that are not designated snow routes. Please ensure you are parking legally in an alley.

Key Highlights from Calgary Traffic Bylaw 26M96 Section 27, Parking on Alley

  •     Do not stop or park on, in front of, or within 1.5 metres of a driveway or garage entrance entering into the alley.
  •     Do not leave less than 3 metres of the alley free and clear of all obstructions.
  •     Do not stop or park so that it blocks an alley and impedes the use of the alley by another vehicle.
  •     Do not leave vehicle in front of or within 1 metre of the side of any refuse container or storage area. 

See Traffic Bylaw 26M96 Section 27 (go to page 25) for the full text of the bylaw.