As of Tuesday, Nov. 1 those who park on city streets overnight face the possibility of having their vehicles towed under the rules of the annual winter parking ban.

According to a press release issued by the Belfast Police Department Wednesday, Oct. 19, the parking ban will go into effect Nov. 1 and will continue through April 30, 2012.

Any vehicle that is parked overnight on any city street for more than one hour between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. will be ticketed, or possibly towed at the owner’s expense, according to the release.

Police say residents can park overnight in the municipal lots located at Cross, Beaver and Washington Streets, but ask that those who do so follow a set of special instructions related to snow removal.

For those using the Beaver Street lot, police ask drivers to park next to the Opera House building overnight. On the day after a storm, drivers are asked to park vehicles on the side of the lot the neighbors the courthouse.

For the Cross Street parking lot, police are directing drivers to park in the middle of the lot overnight and to move to the outside edge of the lot on the day after a storm.

Drivers using the Washington Street lot are being asked to park on the edge of the lot that is closest to Washington Street overnight, and to move vehicles to the middle of the lot the day after a storm.

For more information about the winter parking ban, contact the Belfast Police Department at 338-5255.