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Everything you need to know about Milwaukee winter parking

Posted at 2:27 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 15:27:32-05

Don't let parking tickets take a toll on your Christmas shopping budget this year. Winter parking regulations start on Saturday.

Winter parking can be tricky to navigate, so here's everything you need to know:

1. How long do winter parking rules last? 

Winter parking starts Dec. 1 and ends on March 1.

2. What are the rules?

The most important rule, follow the signs! Some streets have restrictions as to what side you can park on during the winter months, so be on the lookout for signs stating that street's regulations.  

3. Where can I find all the winter parking rules?

Not all streets are marked with signs for winter parking rules, so the Department of Public Work's website is the place to go for that information. 

4. Where can I find parking regulations for my street?

This list has parking restrictions for every street in alphabetical order. 

5. How do I know when the 4-inch rule or snow emergency is in place?

The sure-fire way to know is to sign up for the city's text and email alerts. You can also call the City's Call Center at 414-286-CITY for parking questions and assistance. 

6. What if I don't have anywhere to park?

Milwaukee Public Schools opens their parking lots to the public for overnight parking during snow emergencies. Find that list of schools here.

7. How much does a winter parking ticket cost? 

A winter parking ticket is a whopping $20. Tickets are $50 during snow emergencies in areas where signs are posted.

8. What happens if I get towed?

Your vehicle will be taken to the City of Milwaukee Tow Lot on W. Lincoln Ave. Initial towing fees are $105 and outdoor vehicle storage costs $20 per day. 

9. What is the 5-Day Exception Parking Area?

Anyone who lives on the East Side or downtown is subject to the city's '5-Day Exception Parking Area.' So, if you live in this area, you can park overnight on both sides of the street unless alerted otherwise. 

10. What are the specific rules for my city?

Here's to a parking ticket-free winter!