Contact Information

4300 E. River Rd NE
Rochester, Mn 55906 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2450
Fax: 507-328-2451

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Department Contacts

Snow n Ice - Blower Truck

Parking in Winter

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The City of Rochester’s Public Works Department operates a fleet of snow plows that works to clear over 500 miles of roads, 9 miles of alleys, 544 cul-de-sacs, 40 miles of sidewalks and bike paths within the city limits of Rochester. Effective snow removal creates safer roads for the traveling public and provides access for emergency vehicles during the winter snow and ice season. Keeping parked cars off the street during snow events can help snow plow drivers be more effective when clearing city streets.

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Parking in the Central Business District During a Snow Event

During designated snow events street parking in the 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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On-Street Parking During a Snow Event

Help Your Neighborhood Plow Driver
  • If possible, please park your vehicle off the street when it is snowing.
  • Avoid parking in a location that has not been plowed.
  • If streets become difficult to plow due to a number of vehicles parked on the street, the Department of Public Work will inspect the street and enforce the 12-hour parking rule.
  • On trash pick up days, please place your trash and recycling containers at the end of your driveway or in the boulevard. Avoid placing them in the street. The plow will have to drive around them, which leaves more snow that can't be plowed.

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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
  1. Public Works Enforcement Inspectors respond to plow driver concerns
  2. 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
  3. If the vehicle has not moved then a PW Inspector verifies the vehicle has not moved within 12-hours and parking ticket is issued.

  • Public Works Department have been given authority to issue parking tickets during snow related events.   
  • 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. 
  • Click here to pay your parking ticket online or pay in person or mail a check to the City of Rochester Clerks Office.
  • Help keep the streets in your neighborhood plowed and safe during snow events by parking your vehicle off-street and following the 12-hour parking rule.

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Alternate Side Winter Parking Pilot Program

The City has developed a pilot program to create Alternate Side Winter Parking Zones to enhance the effective removal of snow and or ice during the winter. Alternate side parking procedure and associated regulations are proposed in order to reduce hazards and obstructions to the efficient movement of fire, police, emergency, and snow plows. 

The pilot program zone and answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the educational pamphlet:

Alternate Side Winter Parking Program Pamphlet

Alternate Side Parking Sign Example Neighborhood Map

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