Winter weather can make any mode of travel challenging. When the City of Saint Paul declares a Snow Emergency it also affects when and where you can park your vehicle on the street. Here are some important winter reminders and tips to share with your family, friends, neighbors, clients, customers, and visitors.

Winter Reminders and Tips:

  • Shovel your sidewalk. Saint Paul City Ordinance requires property owners to remove snow and ice from the full width of their sidewalks within 24 hours. Corner property owners must shovel curbs, walkways and crosswalks to the street.
  • Do not shovel, plow or push snow out into the streets or alleys.
  • If you are going to be out of town for a few days, make a plan to park your vehicle off the street so you do not get ticketed and towed.
    • If you must park on the street, have someone who has a set of keys and who will move your car if a Snow Emergency is declared.
    • City Ordinance does not allow cars to be parked on the street in the same spot for more than 48 hours.
  • Do not place recycling and garbage carts in the street. Carts should be kept in the boulevard or at the end of the driveway.
  • If you are able, please shovel hydrants out and clear snow and ice off storm drains to prevent street flooding.
  • The City does not plow alleys. Please work with your neighbors to keep alleys safe and passable.
  • If your vehicle is parked in a posted handicap spot on the street, you will need to move vehicle according to the winter parking rules.
  • Snow Emergencies go into effect at 9 p.m. on the day they are declared and last for 96 hours. To avoid a ticket and tow, learn the winter parking rules.
  • Always follow all posted street signs.
  • Use the Snow Emergency Parking Map to see when and where you can park your vehicle during a Snow Emergency. Use these easy instructions to create a map icon on your device.
  • Sign up for Snow Emergency text or email alerts at Alerts are available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.

Last Edited: December 1, 2021