Winter Parking

Winter Parking Ban

Vehicles cannot be parked on any city street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 15 to March 15. The Winter Parking Ban is in effect regardless if there is an accumulation of snow on the ground.

Winter Parking Ban

Municipal Code Ch. 78, Article IV, § 78-102

Municipal Code Ch. 78, Article IV, § 78-105


Vehicles in violation of the Winter Parking Ban will be ticketed and may be towed.


The fine for each Winter Parking Ban ticket is $50. If you do not paid the ticket within 10 days, it is $70.


Per Minnesota statute, a vehicle will be towed after receiving five consecutive parking violations. The towing company charges a towing fee plus a daily storage fee. Additionally, any vehicles parked on the street at any time of day during a declared Snow Emergency will be towed.

Read more about ticketing and towing

Minnesota Statute 168B.035

Snow emergency

Winter Parking Permits

Winter parking permits do not allow on-street parking during a Snow Emergency. The City offers 2 types of Winter Parking Permits to residents during the Winter Parking Ban:

  1. Winter On-Street Residential Parking Permit
  2. Winter Downtown Parking Permit 

(1) Winter On-Street Residential Parking Permit

This permit allows residents to park on the street during the Winter Parking Ban as long as a Snow Emergency has NOT been declared. These permits are intended to cover extenuating circumstances for residential properties that do not have adequate off-street parking. Each year applications must be submitted to the Streets and Parks Manager, providing a detailed explanation of the circumstances that prevents them from using off-street parking, justifying the need for a permit.

Apply for a Winter On-Street Residential Parking Permit

Questions for Winter On-Street Residential Parking Permit contact the Streets and Parks Department at 507-645-3045, 1710 Riverview Drive.

(2) Winter Downtown Parking Permit

These permits are limited to downtown property managers, property and business owners that do not have off-street parking. Every year applications must be submitted to the Engineering Office. The Winter Downtown Parking Permit allows those residents to park in certain public parking lots during a declared Snow Emergency. It does not exempt downtown residents from the normal city parking regulations. 

Public parking lots available during Snow Emergency:

  • Washington Street between 3rd and 4th streets
  • Washington Street between 4th and 5th streets
  • Water Street between 4th and 5th streets
  • 209 Water Street

View parking lot map (PDF)

Property manager's responsibility

Property managers are responsible for applying yearly at the Engineering Office to obtain permits for their tenants in their building, and distributing permits and parking policies to them.

The winter downtown parking permits are not intended to allow property managers to bypass existing parking requirements for residential rental properties (2 spaces per rental unit – Municipal Code Ch.14, Article III, Div. 3, § 14-123).

Parking Policies for Downtown Residents


If residents will have a visitor for a night or two, they may simply call the Police Department at
507-645-4477 for parking arrangements.