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Winter Parking Regulations

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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

48 hour exception area streets where 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 for up to 48 hours except December 1 to March 1.

DPW OPERATION HAS BEEN CALLED

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING

When DPW calls an operation, all 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, unless otherwise posted. The alternate side requirement will remain in place until DPW cancels the operation.  Sign up for text or email Winter Parking Alert notifications for when an Operation is called through SnowMobile.

SNOW EMERGENCY

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.

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING

In case of a "Snow Emergency" 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, unless otherwise posted. The alternate side requirement will remain in place until the Snow Emergency has ended.  Sign up for text or email Winter Parking Alert notifications for when an Operation is called through SnowMobile.

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) 286-2489 during regular business hours for the location of a playground nearest your home.