Parking Details & Regulations

Parking Restrictions
The City Council has designated certain areas where parking is limited or restricted during specified hours.
  • Residential Areas: Vehicles may park on the street for periods not to exceed 24 hours during the months of April - October. Winter Parking Restrictions apply in the residential districts from November 1 - April 1, during which time no parking is permitted on residential streets from midnight to 8 a.m. on any day.
  • Business Districts:  On-street parking is generally limited to 90 minutes between the hours of 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., except on Sundays and holidays. The Council has authorized certain 15-minute parking stalls throughout the downtown area. No parking is allowed in business districts between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. all year.
  • Public Parking Lots:  Vehicles can be parked no longer than 24 continuous hours. Parking in public parking lots in the city is prohibited upon the accumulation of 2” or more of snow until the lot has been completely cleared.
Winter Parking Regulations
On-street parking is not compatible with safe and efficient snowplowing operations. Vehicles left parked on the street for extended periods of time create problems for snowplows as well as safety problems with packed snow and ice accumulation around the vehicle. For these reasons, the city has adopted a Winter Parking Ordinance (PDF).
  • Handicapped Vehicles:  Any vehicle displaying a valid temporary or permanent handicapped identification certificate or insignia issued by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is exempt from the winter parking restrictions. However, the city requests that every attempt be made to follow the parking restrictions to assist in the safe and efficient removal of snow. Vehicles displaying valid handicapped identification must abide by all other parking regulations.
  • Alleys, sidewalks, public grounds:  No vehicle shall be parked on any public alley for more than 15 minutes at any time during the period from November 1st to April 1st. No vehicle shall ever be parked on any sidewalk or public ground at any time.
  • Violations:  Any vehicle parked in violation of the Winter Parking Ordinance will be ticketed by the Carver County Sheriff’s Department and may be subject to removal. If your vehicle is towed, it will be stored at Colony Plaza (140 West Highway 5). Towing fees must be paid to Colony Plaza prior to the release of the vehicle. Parking tickets are payable to Carver County.