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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Winter Parking Regulations Frequently Asked Questions

Inver Grove Heights Winter Parking Regulations

As required by a longstanding City Ordinance, parking on any street or highway within Inver Grove Heights is prohibited from Nov. 1 through April 1 between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. Warning notices are issued beginning Oct. 15 and on Nov. 1, any vehicle found in violation will be tagged and/or towed to the impound lot.

Frequently asked winter parking questions:

Q) What if I have friends or family visiting from out of town and have no available parking on my property?
A) If you have visitors who will need to temporarily park on the street, the police department can provide a waiver for up to 14 days.  To make a waiver request, property owners should call the police department at 651-450-2525.  The waiver allows for overnight street parking only.  All other state or local parking requirements remain in effect (i.e. fire hydrant parking, etc.).  Those with waivers are also expected to move vehicles to alternate locations if a significant snow event occurs to allow for curb-to-curb snow removal.

Q) I see cars parked overnight on my street, why haven’t they been cited or towed?
A) The ordinance restricts overnight parking between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m.  Officers focus on overnight parking enforcement on the basis of availability.  Since the department’s first priority is response to calls for police service, winter parking regulation enforcement is completed only when officers have available time.  Residents can call the department (651-450-2525) to report a persistent or chronic violation, which will be given priority status when officers are not engaged in call for service response.

Q) What’s the requirement in the event of a snowfall?
A) The ordinance was intended to standardize parking regulations by prohibiting overnight parking from Nov. 1 to April 1.  During snow events of 2 inches or more, we ask that vehicles be parked off-street to allow City plowing crews to clear snow for expediently and effectively.  

Q) Is Inver Grove Heights the only City that this type of date specific winter parking restriction?
A) Cities have a variety of different ordinances governing winter parking.  Some Cities have a year-round overnight parking restriction.  Inver Grove Heights winter parking requirements are date and time specific to minimize question and confusion about parking during snow events.  

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