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Parking Reminders

48 Hours Only
When snowfall is not a factor, city ordinance prohibits vehicles from being parked on the street for more than 48 consecutive hours. If your vehicle receives an Overtime Parking Warning, your vehicle will be cited and towed within 48 hours of the warning. Questions? Call the St. Louis Park Police Department at 952.924.2600. If your vehicle is towed by the city, contact Bobby & Steve’s at 952.944.1690 to find out where to pick up your vehicle.

Parking Distance from Driveways and Alleys
No vehicle may be parked within five feet of a public or private driveway or alley.

Parallel Parking
When parallel parking, vehicles must be parked in the direction of traffic and the curbside wheels must be within 12 inches of the curb. Vehicles may not be parked closer than four feet to another parked vehicle.

Angle Parking
Where streets have been signed or marked for angle parking, vehicles must be parked at the angle indicated by the signs or street markings.

Lawns and Curb Areas
No vehicles may be parked or stored in front yard setback areas or on the public right-of-way (the area just behind the curb). All driveways and all areas intended to be utilized for parking spaces shall be constructed of bituminous asphalt, concrete or pavers. Such surfacing shall be approved by the city engineer and maintained in good repair.

Junk Vehicles
Vehicles that have expired license tabs or are not legally street operable must be removed from the property or stored inside a closed garage, not a carport. Junk vehicles may not be stored outdoors under a tarp, on an open trailer, or on a lawn.

Multiple Vehicles
Any household can park up to three passenger vehicles outside its garage. If there are more than three licensed drivers in the household, up to five passenger vehicles can be parked outside of the garage. However, only one passenger vehicle per licensed driver is allowed.

Winter Exceptions

St. Louis Park's snow removal ordinance restricts on street parking once three inches of snow has accumulated. The city, using a combination of available forecasts, may declare a snow emergency in advance of a storm when the forecast calls for four to seven inches of snow. Visit Snowplowing for more information. 

There are some exceptions to the winter parking ordinance, but only in a few neighborhoods where parking is limited because of apartment buildings or commercial businesses. In these areas, parking within the first 24 hours of the snow emergency going into effect is allowed. After the first 24 hours, however, vehicles must be moved to a plowed street. Vehicles that aren't moved are subject to ticketing and towing.

To find out if a portion of a street is exempt, call 952.924.2562.

Winter Parking Permits

Households that do not have enough space to park at least two vehicles off the street, may apply for a parking permit if they meet one of these conditions:

  • The household has no garage or driveway (no permit fee, limit two permits per household)
  • The household has off-street parking for only one vehicle but owns two vehicles (no permit fee, limit one permit per household)
  • The household has off-street parking for only one vehicle but owns three or more vehicles (one free permit and $125 for one additional permit, limit two permits per household)
  • The household has off-street parking for two vehicles but owns three or more vehicles ($125 per permit, limit two permits per household)
  • The household requires the aid of a licensed caregiver and does not have off-street parking for the caregiver's vehicle ($25 for caregiver's permit; limit of one caregiver permit per household)

Download the permit application or call 952.924.2562 to have one mailed to you.

Even if you have a parking permit, you must move your car to a plowed section of the street on the second day of plowing. If you don’t dig out your car and move it to a plowed street, you can be ticketed and towed. When you move your car, don’t park too close to an unplowed section of the street.