Winter Parking Regulations Are Here

Winter Parking Regulations Are Here

Just as DPW continues to prepare for a new winter season, City of Milwaukee residents should also make preparations regarding winter parking regulations. Here’s how:

  • Residents should check their streets for posted winter parking rules. Posted parking rules take precedence. 
  • But as not all streets are posted with winter parking signage, residents should also go online at for more information.
  • Another resource for parking questions and assistance is the City’s Call Center at (414) 286-CITY (- 2489).
  • From December 1 to March 1 alternate side night parking is required. On even-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle with a valid night permit must be legally parked on the side of the street with even house numbers; on odd-numbered calendar days (before midnight) a vehicle must be parked on the side of the street with odd house numbers. Parking is allowed between 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. with a valid permit or night parking permission with some exceptions.
  • When a Snow Emergency is declared, alternate side parking is required unless otherwise posted. Alternate side parking requirement begins at 10PM
  • Snow Emergency Tow Away Routes have been eliminated. These streets now require alternate side parking during a Snow Emergency 10PM-6AM
  • Escalating fines for declared Snow Emergency parking violations during a winter season
    • 1st violation – $50
    • 2nd violation – $100
    • 3+ violations – $150 and eligible for tow
  • Continue to alternate parking from side to side until the DPW Operation is cancelled.

Finally, vehicle owners can sign up to receive Snow Mobile text and email messages alerting them when a Snow Emergency is declared. To sign up, go to

When motorists follow winter parking rules, DPW crews can plow and clear city streets more effectively, efficiently, and safely.

DPW Glossary of Winter Events

Regulated Streets
No overnight parking from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. is allowed on through highways and mass transit (bus) routes from December 1 to March 1. In case of a “Snow Emergency” prior to December 1 or after March 1, vehicles must be moved to a side street and must be legally parked in conformity with all other regulations on the proper side of the street. For information on Regulated Streets, go to

Snow Emergency
On all streets that allow overnight parking, including streets that allow two-sided parking (and on Winter Regulated Streets prior to December 1 or after March 1), alternate side parking is required between
10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when a Snow Emergency is called. Alternate side parking means parking on the odd side for an odd date using the date before midnight and on the even side for an even date. Always follow posted signs, as they take precedence.

A snow emergency may be declared by the Commissioner of Public Works (in consultation with the Mayor) to assist in snow clearing efforts. This is normally done during heavy snowfalls or when snow combines with high winds that produce blizzard conditions. Such an emergency is declared for a period of 72 hours or until such earlier time as snow plowing operations have been declared completed by the Commissioner of Public Works.

Any vehicles parked on major emergency arterials in violation of “Snow Route Tow-Away Zone” and “Temporary No Parking Tow Away” signs, or found to be obstructing traffic during a “Snow Emergency”, will be towed at owner’s expense. There are no exceptions.

During snow emergencies, Milwaukee Public Schools has designated several of their school playgrounds citywide that are available for parking from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and during designated cleanup periods. Cars not removed by 7:00 a.m. each morning of a declared snow emergency are subject to ticketing and towing. Click here for MPS locations.

The alternate side parking rule (odd days/odd side, even days/even side) is also in effect from 11:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. until the emergency is cancelled.



  • Sign-up for Snow Mobile text and email messages alerting them when a Snow Emergency is declared. To sign up, go to
  • Follow DPW on Facebook (@milwaukeedpw) and Twitter (@milwaukeedpw)
  • Check the DPW website at for updates
  • Tune in to local media outlets
  • Call (414) 286-CITY (-2489)