Snow Emergency

Duluth Winter Rules

General Year-Round Parking Requirements

Winter Parking Basics

The City of Duluth has ordinances that govern on-street parking year-round.  It is especially important for citizens to follow alternate side parking rules in the winter months to ensure that our snow plowing crews are able to clear snow off city streets.  

These ordinances provide a system for moving parked vehicles so crews can plow snow from the full width of streets, including the parking lanes. This helps get snow cleared as completely as possible so that traffic, especially emergency vehicles, can navigate city streets all winter long.

Do your part - understand and follow the rules

To help keep streets plowed, residents and visitors who use on-street parking in the City of Duluth should pay attention to the weather and be familiar with parking requirements.

Remember, people who come to Duluth to visit, shop or enjoy some entertainment may not be familiar with these rules. You can help by telling your guests, customers and employees about local parking requirements.

Or risk a ticket and a tow

Those who don’t follow parking rules risk receiving a parking ticket and getting their vehicle towed to the impound lot. If your vehicle has been ticketed and towed, please call (218) 730-5400 for information on how to retrieve your vehicle.   

Important to Note          

  • The alternate side parking system takes effect every week on Sunday between 4 pm & 8 pm whereby vehicles must be switched over to the other side.
  • Parking is permitted on both sides of the street ONLY during the changeover period on Sunday evening between 4 pm and 8 pm
  • Download current alternate side parking schedule below.

Download Parking Schedule

Free Parking During Snow Emergencies

Don't get towed when it snows! The City of Duluth is launching a pilot program to assist residents by providing free alternative off-street parking lot options during a declared Snow Emergency. Specific lots will be made available for parking during snow emergencies from 4 p.m. on Day 1 to 8 p.m. on Day 2. After that time a vehicle may be considered abandoned and may be ticketed or towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.  As soon as a snow emergency has concluded on day 2 at 6 p.m., vehicles can again be parked on the snow emergency route, unless otherwise signed or unless a new snow emergency has been declared. 

These designated lots have limited capacity and will operate on a first come, first served basis. Vehicles must be parked in compliance with all posted signs. Failure to move a vehicle following the end of a Snow Emergency may result in action up to and including ticketing and towing.

If your car is parked on a snow emergency route during a snow emergency, you will be ticketed and towed. If you can't find a spot, use the City of Duluth’s Snow Emergency Parking Lots!

If you don’t have access to off-street parking during a snow emergency, the City is providing free parking at various parking lots. Click on the parking icon on the map below for address information. Remember you may only park there for 2 hours after the conclusion of a Snow Emergency. After that, your vehicle may be considered abandoned and may be ticketed or towed at the vehicles owner’s expense.

Launch Interactive Snow Emergency Map