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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

Winter Parking
Winter Parking Ban

The City of Northfield implements a Winter Parking Ban on all city streets between the hours of 2:00AM and 6:00AM (Municipal Code Ch. 78, Article IV, § 78-102). The ban starts on Nov. 15 and ends on Mar. 15.(Municipal Code Ch. 78, Article IV, § 78-105).After five (5) consecutive parking violations a vehicle will be towed under MN § 169.041 sub. 3. Any vehicles parked on the street at any time of day during a declared Snow Emergency will be towed.

Winter Parking Permits

The City offers Parking Permits during the Winter Parking Ban to residents with extenuating circumstances. These winter parking permits do not allow on-street parking during a Snow Emergency. Interested parties must apply for the permit each year and the application must be approved by the Chief of Police or designated representative. Permit applications can be obtained from the city’s website or the Engineering Office at City Hall. Applications can be delivered to the Engineering Office or the Police Department and approved permits picked up at the Engineering Office. It is important that applicants provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances that justify the need for a permit.

Interested parties must apply for the permit each year and the application must be approved by the Chief of Police or designated representative. The applicant must indicate the extenuating circumstances that prevent them from using off-street parking. 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).

As in the past, permit applications can be obtained from the city’s website or the Engineering Office at City Hall. Applications should be delivered to the Engineering Office which are then reviewed by the Police Department based on justification. Permits fall into three categories:

  • Downtown: 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: 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. NOTE: These permits are not meant to allow landlords to bypass off-street parking requirements already in the City Code. Holders of On-Street permits must remove vehicles from the streets during a declared Snow Emergency.

Note: residents may simply call the Police Dept. (645-4477) if they will have a visitor for a night or two.

Winter On-Street Parking Permit Application