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Parking in Winter

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Effective snow removal creates safer roads for the traveling public and provides access for emergency vehicles during the winter snow and ice season. You can help snow plow drivers be more effective when clearing city streets by complying with winter parking requirements.

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Seasonal Parking Restrictions

Effective snow removal creates safer roads for the traveling public and provides access for emergency vehicles. Seasonal parking restrictions (Rochester Code of Ordinances Section 11-6-49) were adopted on September 16, 2019 to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of snow removal. More effective snow removal throughout the season also reduces the need to declare a snow emergency.

What this means:

  • Alternate side parking requirements are in place city-wide from October 1 to May 1 from 2am to 3pm.
    • Park your vehicle on the side of the street with EVEN house numbers when the calendar date is EVEN.
    • Park your vehicle on the side of the street with ODD house numbers when the calendar date is ODD.
    • While cars can be parked on both sides of the street in the evening hours, drivers should park their vehicles overnight for the restrictions that are in place following day from 2am to 3pm.
  • There is no parking at any time in the bulb (circular part) of a cul-de-sac from October 1 to May 1.
  • Posted parking signs must be followed regardless of the calendar date.
  • This does not apply to metered spaces; however, parked vehicles must still comply with posted signs.

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Parking in the Central Business District During a Snow Event

During and after designated snow events street parking in the Central Business District (CBD) will be restricted to facilitate the plowing and removal of snow. All parking restrictions will be posted on impacted meters and drivers are responsible for adhering to the restrictions.

Click here for a map of the impacted areas.

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Parking enforcement by Public Works is used as needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the snow plowing by City crews and to provide safe access for emergency vehicles. The Rochester Code of Ordinances 11-6-28 states vehicles are not allowed to park on the street for more than twelve (12) consecutive hours. Violations are subject to a parking ticket and a possible towing. 

Public Works Department have been given authority to issue parking tickets during snow related events:

  • Public Works Enforcement Inspectors respond to plow driver concerns
  • PW Enforcement inspect the streets of concern for vehicles with snow accumulation surrounding vehicle and indication that it has moved within 12-hours
    • Vehicles Chalked Orange
    • Warning Tag displayed on vehicle
  • If the vehicle has not moved then a PW Inspector verifies the vehicle has not moved within 12-hours and parking ticket is issued.

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Parking Tickets

Click here to learn how to pay your parking ticket.