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Parking Regulations

City of Milwaukee parking regulations are established on a street-by-street basis.  Most residential streets have year-round alternate side overnight parking which require a valid Overnight Parking Permit or Temporary Overnight Parking Permission.  For information on exceptions to this rule, please see Winter Parking Regulations.  

To obtain the posted parking regulations for a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations.  


The most common regulations are detailed below.

Daytime Parking

Night Parking A photo of a night parking restrictions sign.

There is no parking on city streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday unless a vehicle has an Overnight Parking Permit or has Temporary Night Parking Permission.  Permits are not needed on Sundays from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.   License plate readers are used to verify permit and check temporary permissions.

Alternate Side Parking

Most residential streets limit parking between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to one side of the street on an alternating basis throughout the year with a valid Overnight Parking Permit or has Temporary Night Parking Permission.   For information on exceptions to this rule, please see Winter Parking Regulations.  

  • On even-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle with a valid overnight permit must be legally parked on the side of the street with even house numbers; on odd-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle must be parked on the side of the street with odd house numbers.
  • Night Parking During Snow Emergency: If a snow emergency has been declared, night parking regulations are in effect from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on all city streets regardless of the winter parking regulations.
  • On certain days, an Overnight Parking Permit or Temporary Overnight Parking Permission is not needed between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.  These exceptions are:
    1. Sunday mornings
    2. Morning of the day and morning of the day following: New Year's Day (January 1st and January 2nd), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
    3. Parking is permitted for a period not to exceed one hour in the same block in which a business establishment licensed by the City is open for business between 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M.

Winter Parking
 

Vehicles must be legally parked and in compliance with all posted signs.

To obtain the posted parking regulations for a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations.  Some winter parking regulations are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page.

DECEMBER 1 TO MARCH 1

 

OVERNIGHT PARKING

No overnight parking is allowed on highways and mass transit (bus) routes from December 1 to March 1. These streets are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page. In case of a "Snow Emergency" prior to December 1 or after March 1, vehicles must be moved to a side street and must be legally parked in conformity with all other regulations on the proper side of the street.

SPECIFIC SIDE PARKING

Certain residential streets are restricted to parking on a specific side of the street during the winter months. These streets are posted with signs reading "No Parking" on one side of the street, either for the entire December 1 to March 1 period, or with a monthly alternation of the prohibited side. To determine whether this regulation applies to a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations.

EXCEPTION ALTERNATE SIDE NIGHT PARKING

Alternate side night parking is required from December 1 to March 1. These streets are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page.  Overnight parking is allowed on both sides of the street from March 1 to December 1.

DPW OPERATION HAS BEEN CALLED

ALTERNATE SIDE 48 HOUR EXCEPTION

When DPW calls an operation, residents must move their vehicles, between 11:00pm and 6:00am, to the even-numbered side of the street on even numbered days, and to the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days. The alternate side requirement will remain in place until DPW cancels the operation.  For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page.  Sign up for text or email notifications through Snowmobile.

4" RULE

Certain residential streets are posted "No Parking When Snow Falls 4 Inches or More." Parking is allowed on both sides of the street, except when snow has accumulated on the street surface to the depth of 4 inches or more. Then no parking is allowed on the side of the street where the sign is posted until the snow has been removed--day or night or at any time of the year. To determine whether this regulation applies to a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations.

SNOW EMERGENCY

If a snow emergency has been declared, night parking regulations are in effect from 11:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. on all city streets.

OVERNIGHT PARKING

In case of a "Snow Emergency" prior to December 1 or after March 1, no overnight parking is allowed on through highways and mass transit (bus) routes. These streets are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page.  Vehicles must be moved to a side street and must be legally parked in conformity with all other regulations on the proper side of the street.

 SNOW ROUTE TOW-AWAY ZONE

A "Snow Emergency" is declared to exist whenever snow falls during any period of 24 hours or less to a depth which is determined and declared by the Commissioner of Public Works to A photo of a snow route tow away sign.constitute a serious public hazard impairing transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health, and police protection, and other vital facilities of the City. Such an emergency is declared to continue for a period of 72 hours or until such earlier times as snow plowing operations have been declared completed by the Commissioner of Public Works. "Snow Emergencies" are widely publicized on local radio and television stations. In addition, "Temporary No Parking Tow Away" signs may be posted by the City to assist in clean-up after major snowfalls. Vehicles parked in violation of "Snow Route Tow-Away Zone" and "Temporary No Parking Tow Away" signs or obstructing traffic during a "Snow Emergency" will be towed away at owner's expense. There are no exceptions.

MPS PARKING FOR SNOW EMERGENCIES

Milwaukee Public Schools makes some of its playgrounds and parking lots available for overnight parking during declared snow emergencies and clean-up periods. Take a look at Snow Emergency, Off-Street Parking on School Playgrounds List. Call the Department of Public Works Information Center at (414) 286-8282 during regular business hours for the location of a playground nearest your home.
 

Other Parking Regulations

  • No 24-Hour Parking
         No vehicle shall be permitted to stand in one place on a highway for more than 24 hours.
  • Private Property
         No motor vehicle shall be left parked within the front yard or the front, rear street, side street or side setback of the principal building or any residential property, including single family, 2-family, and multi-family dwellings.
  • Driveways
         It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to be parked within four (4) feet of or blocking the entrance to any private driveway or garage without the consent of the owner of such driveway so as to prevent free passage of vehicles.
  • Loading Zones
         Loading zones are to be used for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, loading or unloading.
  • Alley Parking
         No vehicles may be parked in an alley overnight.  Vehicles parked anytime in an alley must leave at least 15 feet of clearance for other traffic.  Violators may be towed.
  • Additional Information
         More information on parking may be found on the City of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin websites.

 

 

Operations Division

Laura Daniels
Director of Operations 

Zeidler Muncipal Building 
841 N. Broadway 
Room 620
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-2489