The city is lifting the blanket winter parking ban. Instead, it will only ban parking on the street before a major snowfall.
Halifax regional council agreed to change the rules in a 14-3 vote on Tuesday.
For the past few years, drivers have not been allowed to park on city streets overnight during the winter months. Violators faced a $50 fine, or $82.96 if a ticket wasn't paid within 60 days.
Under the new rules, the municipality will issue a notice before a predicted snowfall. Drivers who leave their vehicles on the street will be ticketed and towed.
Coun. Tim Outhit predicts this approach will be less popular than the old one.
"And if we think people … are angry when they get a $50 ticket, we haven't seen anything yet when that's $342 by the time they tow it and get a ticket," Outhit said.
The Halifax Regional Police department will receive $80,000 to enforce the new rules.
Ken Reashor, the municipality's director of transportation, said the new ban is considered a pilot project and could be scrapped if it's not working.