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.

Winter Parking Ban

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

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


After five 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. 

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 indicate the extenuating circumstances that prevent them from using off-street parking. 

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 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. 

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).

Permits fall into three categories:


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


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 Department  507-645-4477 if they will have a visitor for a night or two.

Winter On-Street Parking Permit Application