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Waivers for Winter Parking Ban Available

The parking ban goes into effect Dec.1.

This article was submitted by Swampscott police.

The  is accepting applications for waivers to the town’s winter parking ban.

Those who do not have adequate off street parking available can apply for a parking waiver at the Swampscott Police Station.

Processing the waivers can sometimes take up to two weeks so if you plan on applying it would be advisable to do so soon.

The winter parking ban requires that all motor vehicles must be off of the roadways between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Dec. 1, 2011 (the evening of Nov. 30th) through March 30, 2012. 

The only vehicles that may be left on the road during these hours are vehicles with valid winter parking stickers. 

All vehicles will be issued parking violations based upon the following conditions: 

  1. The absence of a parking waiver sticker ($20)
  2. Vehicle parked on the street despite forecasted snowfall, regardless of being issued a sticker ($25).
  3. Vehicle parked on the street during a snow emergency and/or impeding snow removal ($50). 

Interested parties may pick up applications and guidelines at the Swampscott Police Department or online at www.swampscottpolice.com

There is a $30 non-refundable fee per motor vehicle for the application. 

Checks or money orders only are to be made payable to the Town of Swampscott.

A copy of the registration for each vehicle at the residence must be submitted with the application.

Simon November 22, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Can someone explain what the waiver is for? It sounds as if there is no snow, individuals cannot park on the street. Is this true? What happens if you have guests over and there is no room for them in one's driveway? Better yet, what happens if those guests had one too many and don't want to be towed or fined, but obviously cannot drive because that will bring upon worse consequences. Can someone please explain the purpose of this rule?
Simon November 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Thank. I am just confused why we cannot park on the street if there is "no snow emergency." If it is 30 degrees and a clear night, I do not understand what the problem would be.
concerned November 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM
The problem...$30.00 per car...for no services rendered.
John November 24, 2011 at 02:09 AM
This has been an issue for years, why we are not allowed to park in the street when there is no snow on the ground or in the air is a great question, especially at $17.99/1k in taxes !!
JGD34 November 30, 2011 at 01:06 PM
So why can't we get this rule changed? It makes no sense to me whatsoever.
Nicholas Raymond December 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
This rule is really frustrating and useless. What am I supposed to do when my parents come to visit their grandchildren overnight? I have 2 spots so I don't qualify for a waiver but yet they don't have any kind of visitor pass????? I understand if it is going to snow but all winter makes no sense. What can we do to change this?????

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