COVID-19 InformationInformation and Updates for Community Members

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201 4th Street SE
Room 108
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2400
Fax: 507-328-2401

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Residential Permit Parking

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The City of Rochester is continuing to adjust parking policies to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Downtown parking ordinances are being reinstated to assist with the City’s reopening strategy that balances the need for curbside pick-up, outdoor seating and other downtown business customer parking needs.

  • Enforcement of parking meters resumed on June 1.
  • Enforcement of residential parking permit zones remains suspended for the month of July.
  • Enforcement of 2-hour parking at the Soldiers Field Park lot and along George Gibbs drive will resume on July 1.
  • Downtown workers, including those working on the many construction sites, are encouraged to find alternative parking spaces rather than occupying downtown meter spaces.

Other parking ordinances remain in effect including parking meter enforcement, no parking zones (including driveways, fire hydrants, and mailboxes), and overnight parking restrictions. Please observe all posted signs in the downtown area.  

Effective March 17, 2020; Updated June 30, 2020

A Residential Parking permit is required to park on certain streets in the City of Rochester. The effective time of Residential Permit Parking Zones will be 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, school days only in zones adjacent to High Schools. In all other zones, the effective time will be 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The effective times may be varied from these standard times only with substantial justification. In no case will the effective time be less than six consecutive hours.

Maps of the Parking Zones (Permit Parking Zone #):

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Residential Parking Permit - Applications 

As of October, 2016, Residential Parking permit enforcement will no longer require a physical tag on your vehicle as proof of a valid parking permit. The license plate on your vehicle is now your permit. Permittees are required to provide a registered license plate number for the particular vehicle to be parked in the residential permit parking zone.

Click here to learn more about the cost, requirements and how to purchase a Residential Parking Permit.

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Residential Permit Parking - Petitions

Permit Parking Petition Form

To create or expand a Residential Permit Parking Zone a petition is required to be submitted to the Department of Public Works - Traffic Division @ 201 – 4th Street SE, Room 108, Rochester, MN 55904.

To create a “new” zone, the petition area must contain 30 or more residential dwelling units along the streets contained within the boundary description to the zone. The petition must be signed by at least 75% of the owners or occupants of properties abutting the streets containing the 30 or more residential dwelling units required to create the new Residential Permit Parking zone. It should also be noted that the typical Residential Permit Parking Zone boundaries approved by the City Council usually encompasses a much larger area than the original 30 or more residential units list in the petition.  

To expand the number of streets containing Residential Permit Parking inside an existing zone a petition must be submitted describing the area wishing to be included into the Residential Permit Parking Zone. The petition description must include entire blocks, from intersection to intersection (unless the petitioned area abuts a border of the Permit Parking Zone, in which case only the portion inside the zone needs to be included) and must be signed by at least 75% of the owners or occupants of the properties abutting the zone, whether or not there are parking restrictions on either side of the street. Each residential unit and each non-residential facility count as one vote. It is not necessary to obtain multiple signatures from the same unit. If the owner of a multi-unit building signs the petition, their signatures count for all of the units in the building. If there are vacant units at the time the petition is circulated, they should be noted as such on the petition.

For more information, please view Rochester Code of Ordinances 11-10.

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