MILWAUKEE -- There may not be any snow on the ground, but winter parking rules take effect Thursday, Dec. 1 in Milwaukee.
During this winter period, most residential streets require alternate side night parking, but there are exceptions to the rule. For example, overnight parking is prohibited on major streets and bus routes, even though there are no signs that say you cannot park there.
To avoid getting a ticket or being towed this season, here's 10 things you should know about winter parking in Milwaukee.
- How long do the winter parking rules last? December 1, 2016 to March 1, 2017.
- Why does the city do this? So snow plows can remove snow and ice more effectively, efficiently and safely.
- Where can I find all the winter parking rules? Glad you asked, they are listed here.
- Where can I find the exact parking restrictions for my street? There are a lot of streets in Milwaukee. You can find the restrictions in this database.
- How do I know when the 4-inch rule or snow emergency goes in effect? Sign up for text and email alerts right here.
- Where can I go if I have nowhere to park? Milwaukee Public Schools makes some of its parking lots available for overnight parking during declared snow emergencies, find that list here.
- How much is a ticket? $20
- What if I get towed? There will be a $105 reclamation fee plus $20 per day for storage.
- For those who live on the east side or downtown: You are subject to the city’s "5-Day Exception Parking Area." Basically, if you live in this area, you can park overnight on both sides of the street, unless alerted.
- When in doubt: Follow the signs