We will be maintaining a parking ban on the odd side of residential streets. Vehicles on residential streets should only park on the even side of the street. This ban will be enforced specifically when parking on the street limits the width of the street to less than 12 feet.
In addition to the odd side ban, if your street is less than 12 feet wide when vehicles are parked on the even side of the street, no parking will be allowed on the street.
We understand this poses an inconvenience to some residents in tight neighborhoods, however we must maintain room for emergency vehicles to pass.
If you have questions regarding this ban or concerns about parking, please contact us at 978-744-1212.
The following is from Acting Chief Mark Losolfo in regards to the parking ban:
In light of the significant amounts of snowfall that the City has recently seen, we would like to remind Salem residents that it is a violation of city ordinances to 1) place objects on city streets, such as chairs, cones, barrels, etc., for the purpose of reserving parking spaces; 2) throw or plow snow onto city streets so that it impedes travel. Following the ordinances below will help to ensure effective snow removal, the free flow of traffic and overall public safety. We appreciate your courtesy as we work together to dig out from this record breaking snow fall.
- Section 38-7 Obstructions: No person shall place, erect or cause to be placed or erected within any sidewalk, street or highway any fixture or structure. Any such fixtures, structure, or property which has been erected, placed or left illegally in any street or sidewalk may be moved by an officer at the owner’s expense.
- Sec. 38-12 Throwing or plowing ice or snow into streets:
(a) No person shall throw, plow or cause the placing of any ice or snow in any street or sidewalk so as to impede or obstruct the normal use of the traveled way.
(b)No person shall move snow piles or rows created by the commonwealth, the city's department of public services or their subcontractors; except that a property owner may remove and dispose of such snow in accordance with regulations of the commonwealth or relocate the snow to his own property. Under no circumstance shall the snow be moved or plowed onto an abutting property, sidewalk or street.
(c)Any person violating this section shall be fined $75.00 for the first offense, $150.00 for the second offense and $200.00 for the third and subsequent offenses. Violations shall be abated within 24 hours of receipt of a notice of violation or warning. If the violation continues, each subsequent 24-hour period shall constitute a separate offense. All building inspectors, the director and general foremen of the department of public services, in addition to police officers, shall be enforcing persons for this section.
(Code 1973, § 26-12; Ord. of 1-9-2003, § 2; Ord. of 3-11-2010, § 1)
- Sec. 38-13 Removal of snow from sidewalks: The owner of any building, structure or lot of land bordering on any street, lane, court, square or public place within the city where there is a sidewalk, including any curb ramp/cut, shall cause all snow that may be on such sidewalk and curb ramp/cut to be removed there from within six hours after the snow ceases to fall or the city's snow emergency lights are turned off, whichever time is later. If the snow ceases to fall and the snow emergency lights are turned off in the nighttime, the snow shall be removed before 12:00 noon. If he neglects to do so, he shall be fined $25.00 for the first offense, $75.00 for the second offense and $100.00 for the third and subsequent offenses. Violations shall be abated within 24 hours of receipt of a written notice of violation or warning. If the violation continues, each subsequent 24-hour period shall constitute a separate offense. The director of public services or the department's general foremen, all building inspectors, in addition to police officers, shall be enforcing persons for this section.
This section shall apply to snow which falls from buildings as well as to that which falls from the clouds.
(Code 1973, § 26-13; Ord. of 3-30-2000, § I; Ord. of 1-9-2003, § 1; Ord. of 3-11-2010, § 1)
State law reference— Authority of city relative to the removal of snow from sidewalks, M.G.L.A. c. 40, § 23(3), M.G.L.A. c. 85, § 5.