Golden Valley’s Winter Parking Restrictions Start Nov 1

It’s that time of year again. As a reminder, Golden Valley’s winter parking ordinance prohibits parking on public streets and alleys between midnight and 6 am daily from Nov 1 through March 31. Vehicles may be parked on private property in parking lots and driveways.

The City Council amended the City Code last fall based on input from residents expressing concerns about safety and how parked vehicles impact snow and ice removal. (To request a temporary exemption, fill out the online“Winter Parking Waiver” form.) Please note that all waivers are temporary and void during snow emergencies (2+ inches of snow accumulation).

Parking is also prohibited on public streets after a snowfall of at least two inches until the snow has stopped falling and the street has been plowed to the curb line. During a large snow storm the City may plow a street multiple times. Keeping parked vehicles off the street helps crews safely and effectively clear the snow. Vehicles in violation are cited by patrolling police. Vehicles found to be obstructing traffic or snowplows, and those still in violation after 24 hours, may be towed. To stay informed, sign up for Golden Valley snow emergency email alerts, listen to weather forecasts, and adjust any travel plans accordingly.

Seasonally, snow removal/ice treatment operations occur more often than the much publicized snow emergency days. For example, a few snow emergencies may be declared due to accumulation of 2 or more inches; however, City crews are out plowing/treating streets for snow and/or ice on many other days. Ideally, City crews plow or treat the streets in the early morning before rush hour. Vehicles parked on the street hamper crews from treating areas of the road and cause potential hazards should a plow truck slide on the icy roads they are there to address.

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