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The information below is current as of February 6, 2021.
PARKING DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY
No vehicles may park on a public street or sidewalk during a declared Snow Emergency.
Residents can move their vehicles to Designated City Parking Lots at 9 PM when the Snow Emergency Blue lights are turned on.
Please refer to the list of designated parking lots below. Vehicles must be removed promptly from these lots at the end of a Snow Emergency or they will be towed.
VEHICLES PARKED ON STREETS DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY
Vehicles parked on streets and sidewalks are subject to ticketing and towing. An announcement will be made when the parking ban is lifted.
If your car is towed it will be $170 tow fee plus a $150 ticket. There is a $35 storage fee per day that your car is held at the tow lot. It is strongly advised that you find off-street parking during a snow emergency.
The tow lot is located at 40 Federal Street behind the Fire Department Headquarters at 725 Western Avenue.
CAR REMOVAL POLICY
- If parking ban is lifted BEFORE 9 PM: Residents have two hours to remove cars from lots.
- If parking ban is lifted AFTER 9 PM: Residents will have until 6 AM the next day to remove cars from lots.
- Vehicles still in designated snow lots after that time will be subject to ticketing and towing.
BLUE SNOW EMERGENCY LIGHT LOCATIONS
Blue Snow Emergency Lights Will Flash During Declared Snow Emergency Events At The Following Locations:
- O’Callaghan Way at Walnut Street
- Western Avenue at Centre Street
- Eastern Avenue at Essex Street
- Essex Street at Joyce Street
- Broad Street at Union Street
- Western Ave at Waitt Road
- Wyoma Square
OPEN CITY LOTS DURING A SNOW EMERGENCY
If a location is not listed below it means it is currently listed as a “closed lot”.
QUESTIONS OR HELP DURING SNOW EMERGENCY
- Lynn Department of Public Works (24×7): 781-268-8000
- Lynn Inspectional Services Department: 781-598-4000
- Lynn Police Department: 781-595-2000
- Greater Lynn Senior Services (Info and Referral): 781-599-0110
- Contact the City of Lynn about your snow related issues using their online form
CITY ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS
The City of Lynn Ordinances require all property owners to Remove Snow and Ice From Their Sidewalks to ensure pedestrian safety.
- If the snow ceases falling in the daytime (7AM – 6PM) it is your responsibility to see that the snow accumulated on the sidewalk shall be removed within four hours.
- If the snow ceases falling in the nighttime (after 6PM) it is your responsibility to see that the snow accumulated on the sidewalk shall be removed before 10 PM the following day.
- Property Owners are responsible for making openings in snow banks between the streets and sidewalks at crosswalks, street corners and bus stops.
- If your mailbox is erected at or near a gutter line, make sure it can withstand snow clearing efforts. Also, the US Postal Service will not deliver mail if your walkway is not cleared.
- If your home or business is on a corner, please shovel a wide opening and help pedestrians get onto the sidewalk safely! Ask yourself if the path you cleared is wide enough for someone using a stroller or wheelchair to get through.
- Please make sure that ice is also cleared or melted from the sidewalk.
- If you fail to comply with the city’s sidewalk clearance ordinances or if you throw or dump snow from your sidewalk into the street, you will be issued a fine for such violation. After an additional 24 hours, if you have not complied with the ordinance, you will be issued an additional fine.
HOMEOWNERS and RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS
SNOW MUST BE REMOVED BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET, WITHIN 10 HOURS AFTER SNOW HAS FALLEN AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
A CLEAR, FULL, PAVED PATH THE WIDTH OF THE SIDWALK MUST BE PROVIDED FOR PEDESTRIANS WITH A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 42 INCHES.
SNOW REMOVAL MUST INCLUDE CLEARING SNOW FROM ALL CURB CUTS, INTERSECTIONS, CROSSWALKS, HANDICAPPED RAMPS AND SIDEWALK LOCATIONS.
BUSINESS and COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS
*PROPERTIES WITH MORE THAN SIX (6) RESIDENTIAL UNITS ARE COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR PURPOSES OF THIS ORDINANCE
SNOW MUST BE REMOVED BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET, WITHIN 3 HOURS AFTER SNOW HAS FALLEN AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
A CLEAR, FULL, PAVED PATH THE WIDTH OF THE SIDEWALK MUST BE PROVIDED FOR PEDESTRIANS WITH A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 42 INCHES.
SNOW REMOVAL MUST INCLUDE CLEARING SNOW FROM ALL CURB CUTS, INTERSECTIONS, CROSSWALKS, HANDICAPPED RAMPS
DPW Phone Line
The DPW phone line will be open for snow removal and plowing requests 24/7 at (781) 268-8000. *Please direct storm related concerns to the DPW at 781-477-7099 & Emergencies to 911.
Contact the Inspectional Services Department for any Sidewalk snow and icy issues. Click here to contact them or for more information.
Review their Snow and Ice Removal Guide here.
Fire Hydrant Shoveling This Winter
The Fire Department does their best to locate and remove snow from around fire hydrants. Assistance from residents is greatly appreciated. The City of Lynn is asking residents to keep safety in mind when clearing snow from around their homes.
The City of Lynn would like to remind homeowners to remove snow from exterior vents connected to heating appliances. Carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, is known as a silent killer because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Residents are reminded that when clearing snow on their properties they should also check for possible snow build-up around exterior exhaust vents attached to fuel-burning appliances and heating systems such as fireplaces and furnaces. Blockages in these vents can cause carbon monoxide to accumulate inside a home.
For More Information Please Call 781-477-7099 or 781-268-8000
Additional information & resources
The above information was taken from the City of Lynn website on December 16, 2020. All information listed above is current as of that date.