Winter Parking

Overview

The Inver Grove Heights Police Department would like to remind our community to do their part in promoting safety on our city streets by closely following a longstanding City Ordinance #6-3-6 LIMITED PARKING DURING WINTER MONTHS.

It shall be unlawful to park a vehicle on any street between the hours of 3:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. from November 1 through April 1.

Notices

Starting yearly on or around October 17, the police department begin to issue winter parking notices to vehicles that are found parked on any city street and/or highway, within the city limits of Inver Grove Heights. Between the hours of 3:00 A.M. through 6:00 A.M.

The notices state the following: 

There is NO PARKING on any city street and/or highway, within the city limits of Inver Grove Heights. Between the hours of 3:00 A.M. through 6:00 A.M.

  • This goes into effect at 3:00 A.M. on the morning of NOVEMBER 1st and continuing to APRIL 1st. 
  • Any vehicle found parked on any city street and/or highway, within the city limits of Inver Grove Heights in violation of city ordinance #6-3-6 between the hours of 3:00 A.M. through 6:00 A.M. will be cited and subject to towing and impound. 
  • If you have any questions, you may contact the Inver Grove Heights Police Department from 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday at 651-450-2525.

Warnings

Starting yearly on November 1, the police department begin to issue written warnings for winter parking violations to vehicles that are found parked on any city street and/or highway, within the city limits of Inver Grove Heights. Between the hours of 3:00 A.M. through 6:00 A.M.

The warnings are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.  

Citations

Starting yearly on November 15, the police department begin to issue written citations for winter parking violations to vehicles that are found parked on any city street and/or highway, within the city limits of Inver Grove Heights. Between the hours of 3:00 A.M. through 6:00 A.M.

The citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.  

  • If a vehicle has received two (2) citations for a winter parking violation, it will be issued a third and also towed/impounded.

Frequently asked winter parking questions:

Q - What if I have visitors 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. duration of parking, 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 3:00 A.M.and 6:00 A.M. Officers focus on overnight parking enforcement based on availability. Since the department’s priority is the response to calls for police service, winter parking regulation enforcement is completed only when officers have available time. Residents can call the department at 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 is the requirement in the event of a snowfall?

A - The ordinance was intended to standardize parking regulations by prohibiting overnight parking from November 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 questions and confusion about parking during snow events.

If you have questions, contact the Inver Grove Heights Police Department from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday at 651-450-2525.