Winter parking regulations take effect December 1st in City of Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- It's that time again! Winter parking regulations begin in the City of Milwaukee on Thursday, December 1st.

According to the Department of Public Works, from December 1st through March 1st, most residential streets will require alternate side night parking, but there are exceptions to the rule.

For example, overnight parking is prohibited on major arterial streets and bus routes.

These streets are not posted “no overnight parking.”

Some city streets are part of the "48-Hour Parking Exception Street program." These overnight and daytime winter parking rules allow DPW plows to access more street pavement – curb to curb if possible - to remove snow and ice more effectively, efficiently, and safely.

Residents who park on 48-Hour Parking Exception streets may park overnight on both sides of the street
unless DPW announces that a snow-plow or other public works operation will be conducted overnight.

When this announcement is made, residents must move their vehicles to the correct side of the street – odd side of the street on an odd-numbered day (before midnight) or the even side of the street on an even-numbered day
(before midnight) - for legal overnight parking between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

While DPW will send a notice to media outlets announcing an overnight operation in the 48-Hour Parking Exception Area, residents are encouraged to sign up to receive a Snow Mobile 48-Hour Parking Exception Text Alert message.

Subscribers will receive a text message on their cell phone(s) alerting them that a DPW operation has been called, and that all vehicles must be moved to the correct side of the street.

Residents who prefer an email message can sign up for an E-Notify 48-Hour Parking Exception email message that will transmit the same information.

To sign up for either or both alerts, go to or call (414) 286-CITY for assistance.

Once the parking exception streets have been plowed, DPW will notify residents again that the operation has
concluded and overnight parking is once again permitted on both sides of your street, until the next operation is

Failure to move a vehicle overnight during a declared DPW operation will result in a $20 citation and the possibility
of being towed.

Towed vehicles are subject to a $105 reclamation fee plus a $20 per day storage fee.

Remember - you also need a valid overnight parking permit to park on the street.

Posted parking rules take precedence. You should check for posted signs FIRST for winter parking regulations
on those streets where you plan to park.

CLICK HERE for more information on winter parking rules in the City of Milwaukee.

The Department of Public Works offers a text message alert system called Snow Mobile-Winter Text Alert, which informs subscribers when the city declares a plow operation and/or a snow emergency. CLICK HERE to sign up.