Medford Police Department
100 Main Street, Medford, Massachusetts USA 02155
Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr.

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Winter Parking/Snow Removal Restrictions & Pertinent Laws & Snow Emergencies

BE ADVISED THAT DURING DECLARED Snow Emergencies the ODD/EVEN parking restrictions will be enforced - otherwise with no snow emergency declared for this year - parking is permitted on both sides of street unless other restrictions apply. Moreover, the Chief of Police can suspend both side parking if there are traffic and safety issues. IMPORTANT NOTE: February 19, 2014 Update: Medford’s Snow Emergency was lifted as of 10:30AM Wednesday, February 19th.  PleaseNote: The Chief of Police has announced that effective tonight, February 19th, the Overnight Winter Odd/Even Parking ban shall be placed in effect until further notice for approximately one month.  This has become necessary due to the large amount of snow on the side streets which has narrowed the streets considerably.  Fire apparatus, ambulances, and sanders have been unable to travel on many side streets, jeopardizing public safety.  Parking shall be allowed on the Odd numbered side of the street unless otherwise restricted.  Vehicles parked on the Even numbered side of the street will be ticketed and may be towed if is it determined that the free flow of traffic is impeded.  We thank you for your cooperation and ask that you advise your neighbors, family, and friends of this notice. 

In order to find out which side of the street you can park on (nothwithstanding the below resrtictions and Chief's determination) The AUTHORIZED SIDE OF THE STREET IS THE YEAR (ODD OR EVEN) of when the snow parking restrictions begins,
CURRENT: Example this year it is 2013 Therefore Winter Parking Ban begins  from 2013 = so the ODD side of the street is the side to park on .

Considerations/Exceptions to these regulations:
Exception #1:  Commercially registered motor vehicles (any vehicle w/o passenger plate registrations), Commercially lettered motor vehicles, vehicles with trailers and/or Oversize vehicles may NOT park overnight from 12 - 7 am on city streets. This is in effect year round. 365 days. Violation of City Commercial Motor Vehicle Ordinance. This is a year-round violation.

*       Exception #2: Snow Emergency Regulations: "Emergency Arteries" when it is determined that parked vehicles may impede the plowing or removing of snow or ice and impair the free flow of traffic, a snow emergency will be declared by the Commissioner of Public Works. During a declared Snow Emergency, there shall be no parking on either side of duly posted streets.( fine in addition to a tow fee).

*       Impeding Snow Removal/Emergency Vehicles: Under pertinent laws – No vehicle may park on any City Street or Private Way in such a manner that it’ll impede or prevent the passage of Emergency Vehicles and Snow removal vehicles -Emergency Vehicles and Snow removal vehicles need a minimum of 12 feet.

During declared snow emergencies, on the designated streets cars can be ticketed and towed. The following streets are designated as Emergency Arteries:
Boston Avenue, Central Avenue, College Avenue from George Street to Boston Avenue, Forest Street, Fulton Street, George Street, Governors Avenue, Grove Street, Hancock Street, Harvard Avenue, Harvard Street, High Street, Lawrence Road, Main Street, Medford Street, Mystic Avenue from Main Street to Crescent Street, Playstead Road, Riverside Avenue, Salem Street, Spring Street, Washington Street, Webster Street, Willis Avenue, Winthrop Street and Woburn Street.
Those residents who have driveways, garages, or other off-street parking facility are not allowed to park on the street for a period of time longer than one hour between 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. and could face a fine.

Other Pertinent Laws: Any motor vehicle parked on a public way for a period of 48 consecutive hours without being moved is subject to towing and a fine.

Removal of snow and ice:

Please note: There is a new decisions of the MA Supreme Judicial Court regarding the removal of snow and ice - landowners must resonably make sure that their property is clear of any snow and ice that could cause injury to others, regardless of whether the snow came from Mother Nature or from a plow or other source: Click Here to read SJC's ruling

(a) Section 74-114: Whenever the sidewalk, or any part of a sidewalk adjoining any building, or lot of land on any street, is encumbered with ice and snow, it shall be the duty of the tenant or occupant, and, in case there should be no tenant or occupant of the whole of such building or lot of land, it shall be the duty of the owner, or of the person having care of the sidewalk, to cause such sidewalk to be made safe and convenient for public use or travel by removing the ice or snow or by covering the area with sand or some other suitable substance. In case such tenant, occupant, owner or other person shall neglect to do so for the space of six hours during the daytime, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of ______ and ___________ for each successive day that the sidewalk shall continue to be encumbered.

Note: the TENANT OR OCCUPANT is responsible for the removal of snow and ice from  the sidewalk adjoining their property.  If the property is unoccupied, the PROPERTY OWNER is responsible for this maintenance.

(b)  Any person shall not throw or put, or cause to be thrown or put, any snow or ice into any street in the city. The fine for violation of this section shall be, for the first offense, ___________ and, for the second offense and subsequent offenses, ___________.

Note: Regarding SHOVELED or RESERVED Parking Spots on Public Streets : There is an existing ordinance about placing structures on the street for any reason without a permit from DPW, (which may include reserved spots you may have shoveled out). The POLICE simply do not have the personnel nor the time to enforce this ordinance. Medford DPW can go out (after it receives authorization) and make a concerted effort to remove all structures from the street that are being used to reserve spaces. This is not a common practice and once again depends on time & resources. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT suggests the public exercise due restraint, fairness and common sense over disputed PUBLIC parking spaces

Parking Spots Unofficially Reserved by Citizens:

ALSO (for those who attempt to reserve a public parking spot because they shoveled it) please NOTE: No Public Parking Spaces Are Reserved (unless  officially posted) Saving parking spaces is a sensitive subject in any neighborhood, officially no objects can be placed on a city street for whatever reason to reserve a parking spot.