Newport, RI – With a forecast of several inches of new snow to fall this week, we thought it was an appropriate time to remind residents and tourists what a “snow parking ban” is here in Newport.

Editor’s Note – There will be a Parking Ban in effect at 12:00 PM (noon) on Thursday, January 4, 2018, until 6 am Friday, January 5, 2018 due to the forecasted snow storm. For updates or to see if there is a parking ban in your community, visit this link – Snow-Related Cancellations, Closures, Delays and Parking Bans.

According to City Officials, City snow plowing operations are in effect in Newport for snowfalls of approximately two (2) inches or more. Higher total snow accumulations and/or severe weather conditions may lead city officials to call for a parking ban on certain streets. All parking of automobiles on these streets is banned for limited periods to facilitate road treatments and the removal of snow.

The number of streets included in the parking ban ordinance are Annandale Road, Bellevue Avenue: (Kay Street to Bowery St), Bedlow Avenue, Bliss Road, Broadway, Coggeshall Avenue, Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, East Bowery Street, Farewell Street, Friendship Street, Gibbs Avenue, Gould Street, Kay Street, Powell Avenue, Spring Street, Summer Street, Thames Street, Third Street, Warner Street, Washington Street, Washington Square, West Narragansett Avenue, William Street, and Van Zandt Avenue, from J.T. Connell Memorial Road East to Malbone Road.

Motor vehicles parked on a named street one-half hour after the public ban has been announced may be towed to a place of storage at the owner’s expense. Residents are urged to plan for where they will park if a ban is announced and to keep up with state, local and social media about any enacted bans.

Residents can also check for any bans as posted on the city website and sign up for Code Red alerts to be advised of any parking bans at

Residents can utilize the parking lots at the Gateway Center, Mary Street and Easton’s Beach free of charge during parking bans.

Snow & Ice Removal

Property owners and/or occupants of buildings where sidewalks are present are required to clear snow from the sidewalks per the established city ordinances as follows:

9.08.110. Snow removal.
No owner, occupant or other person having the care of any building or lot of land bordering on any street, square or public place in the city, where there is a sidewalk, shall fail, within five hours of daylight, after the ceasing to fall of any snow, to cause the same to be removed from the sidewalk adjoining such building or lot, and in all streets where there is no curbstone set, a pathway, at least four feet wide, shall be made on and along the sidewalk aforesaid for the convenience of pedestrians.

9.08.120. Ice removal.
Whenever any sidewalk, or any part thereof, adjoining any building or lot of land on any street is encumbered with ice, no owner, occupant or other person having the care of such building or lot shall fail to cause such sidewalks to be made safe and convenient, by removing the ice therefrom or by covering the same with sand or ashes within four hours during the daytime.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

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