ROCKLAND — The Rockland City Council gave final approval Monday, Nov. 8 to an overhaul of the city’s overnight winter parking ban.

Instead of automatically prohibiting overnight parking on public streets from Dec. 1 through March 31, the city will announce emergency parking bans on a case-by-case basis in the event of winter storms. The city has had the current winter nighttime parking ban for at least 40 years.

Under the new ordinance, the emergency parking ban would go into effect at 10 p.m. and continue through 6 a.m. to allow municipal public service crews to clear streets. Under extreme circumstances, the length of the emergency ban could be extended.

City Manager, Tom Luttrell, said the city is looking into a software package where people can sign up to receive notices when the bans are imposed. Luttrell said it would be a SMS (short message service) to likely alert the public. The media will also be notified to inform the public.

The vote for the new law was 4-0.

Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf, who sponsored the change, said at the Nov. 8 meeting this was a simple change.

“This will allow people to park on the street in the winter, especially people who live in multi-family apartments,” she said.

There is no forecast for accumulating snow in Rockland through the next two weeks.