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...
updated: Friday, February 17, 2017
After a snowfall, snow on residential sidewalks must be removed by the same day if there are six or more hours of daylight following the snowfall or by noon the following day. Sidewalks in front of apartments or commercial buildings must be cleared within four hours once the snow has stopped falling or by the beginning of business hours the next day...
updated: Monday, February 13, 2017
The winter parking ban IS NOT in effect. During a snow emergency, on-street parking is prohibited until the street is plowed to the curb. Any vehicle parked on an unplowed street during a snow emergency may be ticketed and towed. Please see below for more information about snow emergencies.
How to Know if a Snow Emergency is in Effect?
There are more ways than ever to know if a snow emergency is in effect.
Winter Parking Hotline
For snow emergency information, call the Winter Parking Hotline at 952.924.2180 for a 24-hour recorded message.
Sign up for the city’s ParkAlert citizen notification system. The ParkAlert system allows you to choose how to be contacted: text messaging, emails, cell phone calls, land line calls or all of these ways. The notification system automatically calls all phone numbers listed in the white and yellow pages, but signing up allows you to designate the best way to contact you.
Use the MyStLouisPark app, which allows smartphone users to receive push notification alerts. The app, which allows users to submit services requests to the city and more, will display a notification announcing the snow emergency.
Visit the iTunes or Android store today to download the app (search for MyStLouisPark).
If you’re not connected by phone or computer to receive or check for snow emergency information, just remember that anytime snow is predicted, especially three inches or more, you should move your vehicle off the street.
On-street parking is allowed as soon as streets have been plowed to the curb and snowfall has ended. The city sends notification when a snow emergency has officially ended; to be safe you could wait for this announcement.
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)
- $127 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 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.
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.
Have Snow Plowing Questions?
Call Public Works at 952.924.2562 during regular business hours.