Winter Parking

Amherst has implemented a storm and snow emergency parking ban.  When a storm or other weather emergency creates the need for Department of Public Works or Police Department to have roadways and town parking lots free of cars, a storm parking emergency will be announced on the town website, and by flashing blue lights at busy intersections.

During the declared emergency, parking is prohibited from midnight to 7:00 am on all town streets and in all parking lots, with 3 exceptions. Click here to sign-up for Winter Parking Notifications by text or email.

During this period of parking ban, overnight parking is allowed in
1. the lower level of the parking garage,
2. the town portion of the Pray Street Lot, and
3. in the town portion of the N. Pleasant St Lot
. (along the row adjacent to the Church only)

Click here for link to parking maps 

Otherwise, vehicles will be ticketed and towed nightly, at the owner's expense. Students are encouraged to leave cars in appropriate campus lots, following the University Snow Parking policy found at http://parking.umass.edu/index.php/generalinfo/snowpolicy/, and use buses to Town Center.


Stay Informed



1. Tune in to our website, where we will broadcast the following:
  • News & Announcement Item on our home page, or subscribe to Newsflash here:
  • Alerts Bar across the top of all Town web pages, or subscribe to Alerts here: 
2. Sign up for Parking Ban Notifications by text, email or both, here:  

3. Watch for the flashing blue lights at busy intersections in Town. 

4. Follow us on Social Media for updates as well

Town of Amherst Facebook

Town of Amherst Twitter