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Snow Update as of 12PM Wednesday February 18th

  • The end of snow operations for the storm starting February 18th was Monday February 18th at 12PM. The snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks abutting homes and businesses by Tuesday February 19th at 12AM. 

Snow Update as of 8AM Wednesday February 13th

  • No delays, closures or cancelations.
  • The end of snow operations for the storm starting February 12th was Wednesday February 13th at 2AM. The snow and ice must be cleared from sidewalks abutting homes and businesses by Thursday February 14 at 2AM. 

Snow Update as of 12PM Tuesday February 12th

Due to the forecasted snowstorm, we have decided to close all City Hall buildings at 4PM this evening, Tuesday, February 12th  We will NOT be declaring a snow emergency for this storm.  Below are other services affected by the snow storm:

  • City Buildings will close at 4PM
  • Malden Teen Enrichment Center – Closing at 4PM
  • Malden Senior Center – Closing at 4PM
  • Malden Public Library – Closing at 6PM
  • Malden Public Schools – All after school activities canceled
  • Trash/Recycling – No impact
  • Parking – No snow emergency but standard winter parking rules are in effect as normal.

City of Malden Winter Parking On 

Regarding Winter Parking:
The City of Malden has announced that Winter Parking restrictions will begin on Saturday, January 19th at 12 Noon. These restrictions will continue until April 1st and will be enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of actual weather conditions. These regulations are intended to facilitate sanding and plowing operations, and generally restrict parking to one side of the street. Additional restrictions apply during a declared snow emergency. 

Residents should visit our Street Alerts app for complete details regarding the rules on your street. Please also be sure to regularly follow updates on the City’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. In the event that this weekend’s storm intensifies, there is the possibility that it will become a snow emergency so please continue to monitor the situation to see if there are additional restrictions to follow.

Regarding This Year's Change to Winter Parking:
In past years, the City of Malden began winter parking restrictions on November 1st. This year the City decided to delay the start of the winter parking regulations until the forecast showed pending weather that would require the City to sand and/or plow citywide. This proved beneficial as residents were able to enjoy an additional 11 weeks of unrestricted parking. With the uncertainty of the storm predicted for Sunday, the bitter cold that will follow, and the following week showing several days of potential snow, the City has decided that the time has come to commence winter parking restrictions so that streets may be properly plowed and treated.

Residents with any questions are encouraged to call the Malden Parking Department at 781-397-7196.

Regarding the Removal of Overnight Winter Parking Restriction:

Along with normal winter parking rules, some streets additionally had a rule prohibiting overnight (12AM-7AM) parking during Winter Parking Season. This rule has been removed and these streets are no longer prohibited from overnight parking during the Winter Parking season but please be sure to find out about any other restrictions you may have at your location by visiting

Snow Removal

The owner, occupant or agent in charge of any land or building abutting a paved sidewalk in the City of Malden shall make said sidewalk safe and convenient for public use by removing any snow or ice accumulating thereon or by otherwise make the same safe by covering with sand or other suitable substance. Residents also have the option to hire snow removal contractors. Sidewalks shall be cleared to provide a minimum passage of thirty six inches in width. A minimum passage of thirty six inches in width shall also be cleared to the street. Handicapped access ramps shall be cleared to the full extent of the width and length of the main slope and side slopes.This ordinance may be enforced in the manner provided in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40 Section 21D by regular enforcement officers and by Department of Public Works storm supervisory personnel. The penalty for violation of this ordinance shall include the cost of removal of said violation, as determined by the Director of Public Works, and a fine of up to $200.00 for each violation. 

Street Alerts App

Please make use of our Street Alerts app.  Simply enter the closest address to where you park and the app will return the exact regulations for parking in front of that address.  In addition, once you have signed up for reminders through the app, we will alert you when anything changes such as the declaration of a snow emergency. 

Winter Parking Regulations 

This year, there were two important changes to our Winter Parking regulations that we want residents to be aware of.

1. Normally our winter parking restrictions for the City of Malden run from November 1st to April 1st. This year, instead of winter parking restrictions starting on November 1st, we will start the restrictions at the first winter event that takes place that requires our DPW to deploy winter weather operations such as plowing and/or sanding.

2. We removed a previous restriction that prohibited overnight parking on approximately 100 streets.  Residents whos streets were contained within the yellow highlighting of our previous years' flyers were required to vacate the street overnight are no longer required to do so.  Although these overnight restrictions were removed, please be certain that you take note of other restrictions your street may have.

Search our new Street Alerts app or review this card to find out if/how your street is affected.  For any questions related to winter parking violations or towing, contact the Malden Parking Department at 781-397-7196.

Where to Park During a Snow Emergency

When a snow emergency is declared in the City of Malden, parking becomes more restrictive than the standard seasonal winter parking general rule.  Several streets are designated as emergency arteries and must be completely free of vehicles for the duration of the snow emergency or risk being ticketed and towed.  

  • If using our new Street Alerts app, after you enter the address you are monitoring, you should see a list of restrictions/rules returned based on that address.  If it is listed as a Snow Emergency location, you must remove your vehicle from that location for the duration of the snow emergency.
  • If you are using our Winter Parking Flyer, flip it over to the second page.  If your street is listed in the red outlined section, you must remove your vehicle for the duration of a declared snow emergency.

If you are required to move your vehicle, you can park in one of the City's designated emergency parking lots located around the City for the duration of the snow emergency.  The lots are located at the Beebe, Linden, Ferryway, Forestdale, Salemwood schools as well as the Early Learning Center.  You must monitor our website, social media or dial 311 to be informed about when your vehicle needs to be moved.

Snow Removal Contractors

The City of Malden has a list of contractors that you can contact if you need assistance removing snow on sidewalks abutting your property or business.  The City of Malden does not employ these contractors but rather lists their information for you to contact to arrange your own business transaction between you and the contractor.  If you are interested in becoming a snow removal contractor, click the link on the left.  If you are interested in being a snow plow contractor working for the Malden DPW, click on the appropriate link to the left. 

Snow Removal Ordinance and Fines

The City of Malden requires residents and businesses remove snow from the sidewalks abutting their property.  Failure to comply with this ordinance could result in a fine issued by the City.  Please familiarize yourself with he rules and try to encourage your neighbors to do the same.   If you have trouble removing the snow yourself, we have provided a list of snow removal contractors that you can hire to remove the snow for you.  Lastly, if you know of a property that is not complying with the rules and want to report them, you may do so using your 311 issue reporting tool. 

Follow Live Storm Updates on Social Media

Leading up and after winter storms occur, we provide continuous live updates on our social media accounts.

Snow Emergency Alerts

The City of Malden has various ways to alert residents and businesses when a snow emergency is declared and/or lifted.  There are many places for you to find out the status of a snow emergency.  

  • If you register for our CodeRED phone alert system, your phone will be called at the start and finish of a snow emergency.
  • We will send out alerts through our Street Alerts app letting you know there has been a declared snow emergency.
  • We will always post updates to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • We will put an alert on the front page of our website.
  • We will send out alerts and updates via our email mailing list.

Winter Weather Safety Tips and Emergency Prep

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency MEMA has put together a comprehensive list of tips.




Malden Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance Flyer
This flyer is a quick reference guide to Malden's Snow and Ice removal ordinance.
PDF icon malden_snow_and_ice_ordinance_removal_flyer_water_bill_january_2018.pdf

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