Snow Emergency and Parking Ban Information

When a measurable amount of snowfall is forecast for the area, the Town Administrator may impose a parking ban to facilitate the successful and timely curb-to-curb plowing of streets and sidewalks by the Department of Public Works.

When a parking ban is in effect, all vehicles must be removed from all public streets. If you do not have access to a driveway or other private property, the town has designated the following snow emergency parking lots:

  • Cup Defenders - 230 Wood Street, access from Richmond Streetsnowplow
  • Guiteras School - Washington Street
  • St. Mary's Church - Wood Street
  • State Street Lot - Across from the Statesman Tavern
  • Bristol Town Common - asphalt areas only
  • VFW - Park in the spaces on the Creek Lane side only
  • Our Lady Mt. Carmel Church - State Street (behind the Parish Center)
  • Veterans Park - in the lot on the east side of Wood Street
  • Thames Street Lot (Prudence Island Ferry lot between Rockwell Park and Firefighter's Memorial Park)
  • St. Elizabeth's Church Lot - Wood Street

Parking bans are announced on local television stations 6, 10, and 12, on this website, and on the Bristol Police Department's Facebook Account.

For information about the setting or lifting of parking bans, residents should consult standard radio, TV broadcasts, and the weather channel or sign up for text alerts (see below).

Vehicles remaining on town roads that are not following parking ban regulations will be ticketed and towed per town ordinance.

Motorists opting to park in any emergency snow lot must remove their vehicles within one hour from the end of the parking ban. Vehicles remaining in these lots after the one-hour time frame are subject to being ticketed and towed.

Residents can also stay informed while on the go by signing up for text alerts, provided by the RI Broadcasters Association. Please visit RI Broadcasters Association Website to sign up for text messages with respect to the delay or closing of schools, businesses, or parking ban information.

Sign up to receive email notifications of Snow Parking Bans and Other Emergencies!