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Winter Parking Restrictions 101

Updated: 11/03/2017

We get it. Winter parking restrictions are a hassle – for you and us.

However, no parking regulations are also essential to ensuring our snow removal crews can do the best, most efficient job possible clearing city streets.

Parked vehicles on the street slow down the plowing process. The plow driver must maneuver around the vehicles, which adds extra time and narrows the street. Crews then have to return later to replow and remove the pile of snow left after the first pass. Often times, this snow has since hardened making it more difficult to remove. This adds time and money to the snow plowing process.

Man standing in front of snowplowNarrowed streets pose other challenges. They can make it difficult for emergency vehicles to get through. Plus, plowing curb-to-curb keeps storm drains clear, which is essential on warmer days when the snow melts.

Vehicles pose another more obvious risk: The chance of getting hit. If you’ve ever ridden inside the cab of a snow plow, you understand why. My first time was at 2 a.m. as the snow continued to fall. It was difficult to see anything and required the driver’s full concentration to find the curb buried under the thick, wet snow.

Ticketing and towing vehicles is also a major hassle – one the city tries to avoid. It’s why we focus so heavily on education and warning residents about the restrictions before the first major snowfall. Each year, our police department issues more than 10,000 warnings.

And yes, the restrictions can be frustrating when there’s no snow on the ground or in the forecast. But, we’ve found that continuity is important to ensuring residents are prepared when it does snow.

Learn more about our winter parking restrictions at

  1. Updated: 11/03/2017