Parking: Winter Banupdated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Have Snow Plowing Questions?
Call Public Works staff at (952) 924-2562 during regular business hours.
Winter Parking Ban Information
For winter parking ban information call the Winter Parking Hotline at (952) 924-2180 for a 24-hour recorded message.
Parking is banned every time - Day Or Night - Snowfall Reaches 3 Inches!
Don't wait for a "snow emergency" to move your car. On-street parking is automatically banned - whether it's 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. - as soon as snow accumulation reaches three inches. Vehicles parked on unplowed streets can be ticketed and towed.
When On-Street Parking Is Allowed
On-street parking is allowed as soon as streets have been plowed to the curb.
When snow accumulation is less than three inches, plows may be dispatched but parking is not banned. However, snow plow drivers can do a better job of clearing streets if you park off the street even during minor snowfalls. If you aren't sure if parking is banned, call the Winter Parking Hotline at (952) 924-2180.
Vehicles Can Be Ticketed And Towed
Vehicles parked on unplowed streets will be ticketed. If they're not moved within 12 hours of being ticketed, they can be towed. Ticket and towing charges can include any of the following and can be higher:
- $30 minimum parking ticket (fee can be higher)
- $115 minimum towing charge plus administrative fees (additional charges if the vehicle must be shoveled out or weighs more than one ton)
- $30 storage fee per day
If You're Plowed In, Ticketed Or Towed
If your vehicle is ticketed or plowed-in, dig it out immediately and move it to a driveway, garage or plowed street. City ordinance prohibits vehicles from parking within 50 feet (about two car lengths) of any snow left behind when plows went around parked cars. You can be ticketed and towed if you park too close to an unplowed area of the street.
If your vehicle is towed, call Bobby & Steve's at (952) 944-1690 to find out where to pick up your vehicle.
Avoid Ticketing And Towing
To avoid the risk of ticketing and towing, please pay attention to the weather forecast. If snowfall is predicted - regardless of depth - don't take a chance: park on the driveway or in your garage. If you're going to be away from home, don't leave your car on the street.
If you aren't sure if parking is banned, call the Winter Parking Hotline at (952) 924-2180.
Another way to avoid a ticket and towing is simply to make it your winter habit to park off the street, especially at night.
City ordinance prohibits vehicles from being parked within 50 feet (about two car lengths) of any snow left behind when plows went around parked cars. You can be ticketed and towed if you park too close to an unplowed area of the street.
To stay up-to-date on winter parking bans, make sure to sign up for Park Alert, the City of St. Louis Park's citizen notification service. You can register for email alerts, texts and phone calls. More information and online registration available here.