How Not To Get Towed This Winter!
There is nothing worse than walking out to your car on a cold, snowy winter day only to find out your car has been towed! We've compiled a list of winter parking rules for communities across the Twin Cities, so you can make sure you are in the know before winter hits (the list starts with St. Paul and Minneapolis, then the proceeds in alphabetical order).
Snow Emergencies - Day One:
Snow Emergencies begin with NIGHT PLOW ROUTES at 9 p.m. the day of the declared Snow Emergency.
Beginning at 9 p.m. the day a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking is not allowed on streets marked with signs that say "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE" or "NIGHT PLOW ROUTE THIS SIDE OF STREET."
All of downtown Saint Paul is no parking at night during a Snow Emergency even though it is not signed.
Parking is allowed on Day Plow Routes (streets/sides of streets that DO NOT have Night Plow Route signs).
Night Plow Routes are plowed from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Snow Emergencies continue with DAY PLOW ROUTES the morning following the declared Snow Emergency.
Starting at 8 a.m. after a Snow Emergency has been declared, parking is allowed in areas on Night Plow Routes.
Day Plow Routes do NOT have signs.
Parking is not allowed on Day Plow Routes (streets or sides of streets with NO Night Plow Route signs) until the street is plowed.
Day Plow Routes are plowed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After Night and Day Plow Routes are completed (Clean Up Phase):
Up to 96 hours after a Snow Emergency has gone into effect, crews are doing clean up efforts which may include salting, anti-icing, and "push backs" (plowing snow where parked cars have since moved). To avoid a ticket and tow, do not park in areas that have not been plowed to the curb.
To receive alerts about snow emergencies:
PHONE: Call 651-266-PLOW for a recorded message about the current Snow Emergency status.
WEBSITE: Check the Snow Emergency status and more at stpaul.gov/snow.
EMAIL: Subscribe to "SnowAlert" and receive an email and/or text message (in English, Spanish, Hmong or Somali) when a Snow Emergency is declared.
TEXT: Text STPAUL SNOW to 468311 to receive a text message when a Snow Emergency is declared.
South St. Paul:
If the snow is falling during the day, the maintenance crews will begin their plowing routes immediately and work until about 6 p.m. The crews will typically all go out again at 2 a.m. the next morning. If the snowfall begins at night, plow crews begin their routes between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Except when otherwise posted, marked or metered, a vehicle may not be parked on the streets or alleys in such a manner as to obstruct or interfere with snow plowing or snow removal." This means that all parked vehicles must be moved off the street before the snow plow crews begin their plowing routes.
A vehicle may not be upon any street in any one place for a longer continuous period than 20 hours." The purpose of this ordinance is to encourage residents to move their vehicles from the street and other public areas on a frequent basis to not interfere with snow plowing and public safety.
Unmoved vehicles slow down the city's plow trucks by requiring additional plow runs, and could result in the vehicle owner receiving a "snowbird" citation. Citations are issued by the police department after the streets have been cleared of snow. Vehicles still not moved will be towed to the impound lot, and the plow crews will then plow those areas where vehicles were removed. Owners of towed vehicles should be prepared to pay over $100 for the tow and storage.
North St. Paul:
Please remember the following:
• No parking on any street or alley between the hours of 1:00 am to 7:00 am.
• No Parking – two or more inches of snow.
• Vehicles must remain off the street or alley until they have been plowed.
• Keep your mailbox area clear of snow and clear a path to the fire hydrants close to your home.
West St. Paul:
Once a Snow Emergency is declared, enforcement will not begin until the following 2am. Snow Emergencies last for 48 hours from the time they are declared.
No parking after 2 a.m. until fully plowed (enforced by towing).
All Other Streets & Alleys:
No Parking after 8 a.m. until street is fully plowed, or until 8 p.m., whichever comes first. "Snowbirds" are tagged and towed if not moved.
Sign Up for Snow Emergency Alerts: https://wspmn.gov/list.aspx
Snow Emergencies are called after significant snowfall and before 6 p.m. on any given day. During a Snow Emergency, special parking rules go into effect that allow City crews to plow streets and emergency vehicles to travel safely.
Day One: 9PM to 8AM (Overnight)
-Do not park on either side of the street with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first. After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect.
Day Two: 8AM-8PM
-Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)
-Do not park on either side of parkways.
-Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.).
-Park on either side of streets with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route.
Day Three: 8AM-8PM
-Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 or 2513 17th Ave.).
-Park on even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)
-Park on either side of streets marked with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route and you may park on parkways.
To register for Snow Emergency alerts: http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_stay-informed
On-street parking is prohibited any time City snowplowing or snow removal operations are in progress.
On-street parking is prohibited from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. throughout the year except in emergencies.
Sign Up for Snow Emergency Alerts: https://www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us/list.aspx
A parking ban is in effect in Bloomington when the City of Bloomington declares a snow emergency.
During a parking ban, all vehicles must be moved from City streets until plowed full width. Moving your vehicle ahead of time will help avoid a last-minute scramble and the possibility of a ticket! Thank you for your help.
Snow-related parking bans remain in effect for 48 hours, or until the street you park on has been plowed full width (whichever occurs first). Cars parked on the streets during a parking ban may be towed.
When snow totals top 2.5 inches, residents can’t park on the street until it is plowed curb to curb. Vehicles not removed are subject to issuance of a citation as well as towing to allow for snow plowing.
The snow plow must make several passes up and down the street to remove the snow; two to clear the center and two or more to widen the street gutter to gutter. Because plowing routes are sometimes long, it may be one hour or more between the clearing pass and the final widening pass. No parking is allowed on any City street between 2:00 am and 6:00 am or for more than 6 consecutive hours at any other time. Try not to park on streets, especially during and after a snowfall.
Sign Up for Snow Emergency Alerts: cityofbrooklyncenter.org/notifyme
Do not park vehicles on public streets during a snow event. Remember that no overnight parking is allowed on any street between 2 - 6 a.m. daily year-round. When it snows, it may take up to 12 hours or more to plow every street.
When plows are operating, vehicles parked on arterial and collector streets will be issued citations and towed. Vehicles parked on all other streets will be issued citations only after the streets have been plowed. If a vehicle that has been issued a citation has not been removed 24 hours after receiving the citation, the vehicle may be towed.
If any street is blocked by a vehicle so as to prohibit a snowplow from passing, the vehicle will be issued a citation and towed immediately.
Circle Pines prohibits parking on city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. from November 1 through April 1. There is also no parking anytime it snows more than two inches.
After a snowfall of 3 or more inches, no parking on the street is permitted until it has been plowed from curb-to-curb. Columbia Heights winter parking rules went into effect Nov 1. Each year, from Nov 1 to March 31, no vehicle or trailer may be parked on any public road between 2-6 am without a parking permit issued by the Columbia Heights Police Department.
Parking is prohibited on any street if within the preceding 24 hours, falling or blowing snow has accumulated to a depth of 3-inches or more and the street has not been plowed curb-to-curb. Coon Rapids has a winter parking ban in effect November 1st through April 1st. Vehicles cannot be parked on a public street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. between those dates.
On-street parking is prohibited between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. After a snowfall of at least 1½ inches in the city, parking is prohibited on public streets and alleys until the street or alley has been plowed and the snow removed to the curb line. Parking violations should be reported to the police by calling 911.
Winter parking rules are in place from November 15 through April 15, regardless of snow.
-From 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (daytime):
On Even Days: Parking is allowed on the side of the street with even house numbers.
On Odd Days: Parking is allowed on the side of the street with odd house numbers.
-From 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. (nighttime):
Every Night: Parking is allowed on both sides of the street.
This ordinance is in effect whether there is snow or not. Cars parked where they shouldn’t be may be ticketed and/or towed.
-When the forecast indicates a snow accumulation of 2 inches or more, the City will declare a Snow Event
-As soon as snow accumulation reaches 2 inches, a Snow Emergency is in effect — if Eden Prairie does not receive 2 inches of snow, the Snow Event is canceled
-During a Snow Emergency, do not park on City streets until noon the next day
No vehicle may be parked on an Edina street, highway or alley under the following conditions:
When 1.5 inches or more of snow has fallen, until it has been plowed to the curbline
From 1 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1 to March 31
For six or more consecutive hours, unless otherwise signed, enforceable year-round
The November-March overnight ban on street parking is in effect even if no snow is in the forecast.
Streets are plowed when 1.5 inches of snow or more has fallen. Streets also may be treated in advance to help reduce ice.
Overnight Street Parking Prohibited - No vehicle shall be left standing or parked for more than 30 minutes between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on any street within the City from November 1 through April 15.
Traffic and parking may be restricted during the snow removal process. Areas shall be signed with “No Parking” signs 12 hours in advance of snow removal operations. The Forest Lake Police Department shall be contacted in order to coordinate snow removal and hauling operations with law enforcement’s tagging and towing duties.
Fridley does not declare snow emergencies. Parking on Fridley streets is prohibited between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 1 through April 1. In addition, there is no street parking anytime while snow removal is in progress. Vehicles parked on streets during this time may be tagged and towed at your expense.
Each snowfall, we rotate which streets are plowed first. Emergency routes are always the first priority after any snowfall. These redlines are established to ensure emergency vehicles can reach within one or two blocks of every home. After that, we rotate starting points. Fridley is split into 11 districts, and each district has 4 different starting points. These rotate after each snowfall. If your street was plowed last this time, it won't be next time.
No person shall park any vehicle on any street for a period of 48 hours, commencing immediately after two inches or more of continuous snowfall, or until snow removal has been completed on that street, whichever occurs first.
During the period of November 1 through May 1 of any calendar year, no vehicle, or any portion of a vehicle, shall be allowed to remain parked within the road right-of-way of any town road or street in such a manner or place that obstructs or impedes township snow removal vehicles during snow removal conditions.
No parking from 2 to 6 a.m. year-round or anytime if there are 3 inches or more of snow until the streets have been cleared.
No overnight parking. Cars may be parked on the street for 30 minutes from 2 to 5 a.m. and for six hours from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m., year-round. No parking after a snowfall of at least 3 inches until the snow has been cleared.
In order to quickly and promptly remove snow from City streets, it is unlawful to park any vehicle on any street within the city between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 until March 31. It is also unlawful to park any vehicle during all other times following a continuous or intermittent snowfall with an accumulation of two or more inches, or during a snow emergency, until the snow has been plowed to the full width of the street.
A snow emergency is automatically in effect after two inches of snow has fallen. After two inches of snow has fallen, parking on the street is prohibited until the streets have been plowed curb to curb. Vehicles in violation may be ticketed and/or towed.
There is odd-even parking on all city streets from November 1st to March 31st of each year between the hours of one a.m. and six a.m., unless other "no parking" regulations are in effect. Odd-even parking means vehicles will be parked on the odd side of a street designated by property addresses on odd days of the month and on the even side of the street on even days of the month.
No parking from 2 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1 to April 1 or anytime after a snowfall of 2 inches or more until the street is cleared.
Street parking is banned after a continuous 2-inch accumulation for up to 48 hours or until the street is plowed to its full width.
After a snowfall of 2 inches or more or when the city administrator declares a snow emergency, all vehicles must be removed from city streets to allow for efficient snow removal operations. These parking restrictions are effective until the snow has been plowed from curb to curb on those public streets.
From Nov. 1 to March 31, NO PARKING is allowed on any city street from 2 and 6 a.m. regardless of the day of the week, side of the street or the presence or absence of snow. Vehicles parked in violation of these rules shall be tagged and subject to towing, at the owner’s expense.
St. Louis Park:
Snow emergencies are declared in St. Louis Park based on two scenarios:
After or during a significant snowfall, generally 3 or more inches of snow accumulation.
In advance of an approaching storm which is forecasted to produce at least 6 inches of snow. Timing, duration, intensity and estimated snow amount are factors in determining if a snow emergency is warranted ahead of the storm.
During a snow emergency, you must park your vehicle off the street to avoid ticketing and towing until the street is plowed to the curb. As soon as your street is plowed to the curb, you may park vehicles on the street.
No parking on City streets from November 1st through April 1st from 2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., except downtown commuter parking areas which are 2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.
No parking from 2 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1 to April 1. No parking anytime after 2 or more inches of snow has accumulated until streets are completely plowed. Ordinance does not apply to private streets (marked with a blue street sign).