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 or 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.
- If a street has no posted time restrictions, vehicles may park on-street all day.
- If hourly parking exists, parking is limited to the posted time restrictions.
- Instructions for Residential Daytime Parking Privilege for Nonconforming Residential Uses are included in Ordinance MCO 101-27.5.
- Instructions for Residential Daytime Parking Privilege for Commuter Parking Impacted Areas and a list of streets are included in Ordinance MCO 101-27.7.
- To obtain permits for Residential Daytime Parking Privilege for Nonconforming Residential Uses and for Commuter Parking Impacted Areas go to the Parking Services Permits page.
- For off-street parking options in the Milwaukee downtown area west of the Milwaukee River, visit http://www.parkmilwaukee.com/
There is no parking on city streets between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday unless the vehicle displays a valid 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.
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 or 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. The even or odd date will be the date three hours before the 2:00 a.m. - at which time, no parking without permit goes into effect.
- 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 regulation.
- 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:
- Sunday morning
- 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.
- 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.
To obtain the posted parking regulations for a specific street go to Street Parking Regulations. This site only includes parking regulations that are posted. Note: Some winter parking regulations are not posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations page.
- NO PARKING DECEMBER 1 TO MARCH 1
No overnight parking is allowed on through 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.
- EXCEPTION TO ALTERNATE SIDE NIGHT PARKING
Overnight parking is allowed on both sides of the street from March 1 to December 1. Alternate side night parking is allowed 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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.