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 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 or if not paid within 10 days $70.


After receiving five consecutive parking violations, a vehicle will be towed under Minnesota statute. The towing company charges a towing charge 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.

Minnesota Statute 168B.035

Snow emergency

Winter Parking Permits

The City offers Parking Permits during the Winter Parking Ban to residents with extenuating circumstances.

Snow emergencies

These winter parking permits do not allow on-street parking during a Snow Emergency.

Applying for a permit

Interested parties must apply for the permit each year and the application must be approved by the Streets and Parks Manager or designated representative. The applicant must provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances that prevents them from using off-street parking and justifies the need for a permit.

Apply for a Winter On-Street Parking Permit

Landlords' responsibility

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

Downtown Parking Permit

These permits are limited to downtown apartments that do not have off-street parking. The Downtown Winter Parking Permit allows those residents to park in certain city parking lots during a declared Snow Emergency. It does not exempt downtown residents from the normal city parking regulations. Landlords should apply to the City for permits to cover tenants in their building. Landlords are responsible for getting permits and parking instructions to their tenants.

Parking Policies for Downtown Residents

On-Street Parking Residential Permit

Allows residents to park on the street during the Winter Parking Ban as long as a Snow Emergency has NOT been declared. Applications must be submitted to the city for approval each year. These permits are intended to cover extenuating circumstances for residential properties that do not have adequate off-street parking.

Apply for a Winter On-Street Parking Permit


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


Contact the Streets and Park Department at 507-645-3045.