Parking Regulations

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Night Parking

There is no parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday unless a vehicle has: 

Alternate Side Parking

Most residential streets limit parking between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m to one side of the street on an alternating basis throughout the year with a valid Overnight Parking Permit or Temporary Night Parking Permission.  The alternate side parking is extended from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. when a Snow Emergency is declared.

On even-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle with a valid overnight permit or temporary permission 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.  

An Overnight Parking Permit or Temporary Overnight Parking Permission is not needed between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on:

  • Sunday mornings 
  • 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 90 minutes in the same block in which a business establishment licensed by the City is open for business between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Vehicles must be always be parked in compliance with Snow Emergency parking regulations if a Snow Emergency has been declared.

Exception Streets

Streets that are exempt from alternate side parking rules can be found at Winter Parking Regulations-Not Posted or on the map below.  Posted signs always take precedence.

Color designation applies to both sides of the street. 

Red = No overnight parking on either side of the street 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. from Dec. 1 to Mar 1 and during a Snow Emergency 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. Alternate side parking rules apply March 2 to Nov 30, unless there is a Snow Emergency.

Green = Parking allowed on both sides of the street for up to 48 hours with a valid night parking permit and alternate side parking 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. during a Snow Emergency. If a street is also red, follow red instructions December 1 to March and during Snow Emergencies.

Blue = Parking allowed on both sides of the street for up to 24 hours with a valid night parking permit. Alternate side parking required December 1-March 1 (2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m) and when a Snow Emergency has been declared (10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m). 

If your street is not highlighted, standard alternate side parking rules would apply.

Winter Parking

Sign up for Winter Parking Text Notifications

To obtain the posted parking violations for a specific street, go to Street Parking Regulations. Some winter parking regulations are not individually posted, but can be found at Winter Parking Regulations- Not Individually Posted and on the map above.

Compliance with winter parking regulations is
necessary to keep the City of Milwaukee moving.

 

Winter Parking Regulations Flyer - English                                                                             Winter Parking Regulations Flyer - Español

DECEMBER 1 TO MARCH 1

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

Night parking is allowed on both sides of these streets from March 1 to December 1. From December 1 to March 1 alternate side night parking is required. On even-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle with a valid night 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. Parking is allowed between 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. with a valid permit or night parking permission with some exceptions in blue on the map above.  Please visit Winter Parking Regulations- Not Individually Posted page to look up if this applies to your street.

NO PARKING THROUGH HIGHWAYS 

No overnight parking is allowed on through highways and (bus) routes from December 1 to March 1. These streets are not individually posted. For a list of these streets please go to the Winter Parking Regulations- Not Individually Posted page or see streets in red on map above. 

WHEN A SNOW EMERGENCY IS DECLARED

A Snow Emergency is declared whenever snow fall during any period of 24 hours or less 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.  In addition to the regulations below, "Temporary No Parking" signs may be posted by the City to assist in clean-up after major snowfalls.  

Vehicles which are not parked in compliance with winter parking regulations during the winter season will be cited:

  • 1st violation - $50
  • 2nd violation - $100
  • 3+ violations - $150 & tow eligible

OVERNIGHT PARKING

No parking is allowed on through highways and mass transit (bus) routes from 10M-6AM. These streets are not posted, see streets on map in red above.  For a list of streets please go to Winter Parking Regulations- Not Individually Posted. Vehicles must be moved to a side street and be legally parked in conformity with all other regulations on the proper side of the street.

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING

Alternate side parking is required from 10PM-6AM, unless otherwise posted. On even-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle with a valid night 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. Sign up for winter parking text alerts.  Continue to alternate parking until the Snow Emergency has ended.  Always follow posted signs, as they take precedence.

STREET PARKING ALTERNATIVES

Milwaukee Public Schools make some of its playgrounds available for overnight parking during declared snow emergencies and clean-up periods. 

Daytime Parking

  • If a street has no posted time restrictions, vehicles may park on the street all day, night parking hours are 2:00 a.m through 6:00 a.m.  During a Snow Emergency night parking hours are 10 p.m. through 6 a.m.
  • If hourly parking exists, parking is limited to the posted time restrictions.
  • At least 15 ft of clearance must be maintained when parked in an alley.
  • Daytime Parking Permits

How Close Can I Park?

4 ft from Driveway or Alley, 10 ft from Hydrant, 15 ft from Crosswalk

How to Park Next to Protected Bike Lanes

Protected bike lanes use flexible delinators and/or cars to separate people riding bikes and people driving.  

  • DO NOT park in the bike lane.
  • Read signs carefully to confirm where to park, load, or unload.
  • Look both ways for people biking when crossing the protected bike lane.

Diagram of how to park next to a bike lane

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.
  • Loading Zones
         Loading zones are to be used for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, loading or unloading.

To report an illegally parked vehicle call (414) 286-CITY or report a violation online.

Parking Regulations are established by the City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances and Wisconsin State Statutes.

Types and Costs of Parking Citations

 

Night Parking Regulations Flowchart

Alley Parking

Vehicles parked in the alley must be completely on private property, typically indicated by the apron.  

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