201 4th Street SE, Room 108
Rochester, MN 55904
Use the links below for an overview of winter related topics that effect Rochester residents. Links within each section will lead to more detailed information on the topics listed.
Seasonal parking requirements increase the efficiency and effectiveness of snow removal and other street maintenance activities. Additionally, more effective snow removal throughout the season reduces the need to declare a snow emergency.
Seasonal parking requirements are in effect city-wide from October 1 to May 1 from 2 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parking is allowed on the side of the street with EVEN house numbers on when the calendar date is EVEN.
Parking is allowed on the side of the street with ODD house numbers on when the calendar date is ODD.
Cars parked within the round part of a cul-de-sac must follow alternative side parking requirements.
Posted signs with parking restrictions still apply.
- Seasonal parking requirements
- Parking in the Central Business District
- Parking to help your snow plow driver
- 12-hour parking rule
When snow is here, you have 24 hours to clear!
Snow and ice covered sidewalks and paths are hazardous to all pedestrians, especially the elderly, disabled, and those with medical conditions that impact their mobility. Rochester Code of Ordinances Section 9-6-2 requires property owners with a public sidewalk or path abutting their property to fully remove snow and ice within 24-hours after a snowfall. The full sidewalk width must be free of snow and ice and pathways must have a clear path that is at least 5 feet wide.
- Sidewalk Snow Removal Program
- How to lodge a complaint
- Ordinance enforcement FAQs
- Citation & Fee FAQs
- Sand locations
- Pedestrian Facilities Winter Maintenance Map
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. This is no easy task and is a balance of safety, economics, timing and expectations. Effective snow removal creates safer roads for the traveling public and provides access for emergency vehicles during the winter snow and ice season.
- What to expect for clearing city streets
- Concerns related to city snow plows
- Streets that are cleared by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Olmsted County, Townships, and other entities.