Edina, Minn., Oct. 31, 2023 – From Nov. 1 through March 31, winter parking rules are in effect in Edina.
Limiting street parking in the cold weather months allows the Public Works Department to provide faster snow and ice removal services during winter storms. Without the obstacle of parked vehicles, snowplow drivers can pre-treat, de-ice and clear snow from the city’s 24 routes more quickly, efficiently and safely.
Beginning Nov. 1:
- All vehicles must be off City streets between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. (regardless of the weather forecast)
- No vehicle may be parked on any street after a snowfall of at least 1.5 inches until the street has been plowed to the curb line (enforceable year-round)
“Resident cooperation with winter vehicle parking and garbage can placement regulations are imperative to safe and efficient clearing of the roads by our plow drivers. It is by far the most important and easily controlled variable in having obstruction-free roads for snow removal,” said Assistant Public Works Director Dave Goergen.
Not only do illegally parked vehicles delay the plows, but they can increase danger as plow drivers may not see a car and hit it by accident. A large bank of plowed snow can block or bury a vehicle and make it difficult for other drivers to see.
The Edina Police Department may cite violators of the winter parking rules or, if necessary, tow their vehicles. If a vehicle is obstructing the path of a snowplow and needs to be moved, Police will make every effort to reach the vehicle owner. However, if the owner cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed.
“Towing or citing a vehicle is the last thing we want to do, but we need to keep snowplows on schedule and ensure safety on the roads,” said Lt. Dave Venne.
For more information on winter parking ordinances, contact the Police Department at 952-826-1610. To learn more about snow plowing procedures, contact the Public Works Department at 952-826-0376.