Snow Parking Regulations

Snow Parking Regulations

Snow parking regulations are in effect from Dec. 1 to March 31

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Evanston's snow plan is a cooperative effort. These are the basic rules we ask you to follow:

  • Don't park on the Snow Routes at night.
  • During a snow emergency, park on the proper side of residential streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Clear your sidewalks of snow and ice.
  • Clear parking lots for which you are responsible, without pushing snow into adjacent streets, alleys or sidewalks.

Learn more about Evanston snow removal operations >>>

How do I find out if there is a Parking Ban/Emergency?

The City offers the following 10 ways to get notified of parking bans/emergencies:

  1. Sign up online for the City Newsletter and/or Snow Alerts to receive email updates. Or, text COE SNOW YourEmailAddress to 468311
  2. Sign up for text message alerts using the form on the right >>>. Or, text COE SNOW to 468311.
  3. Follow the City of Evanston on Twitter or Facebook
  4. Call the Snow Hotline at 847-864-SNOW (7669) or 847-866-2917 (recorded message available 24/7)
  5. Tune in to Cable Channel 16
  6. Check the City homepage
  7. Listen to Evanston Radio AM 1650
  8. Listen for the City's emergency sirens
  9. Call/text 847-448-4311 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours of operation will be extended during snow events
  10. New! Text SNOW to 847-448-4311 (Automated message available 24/7)

Snow Route Parking Ban

Streets affected:

Main thoroughfares designated with permanent red, white and blue signs. See a map of Snow Routes

In effect:

After an accumulation of 2" of snow

Restriction:

No Parking between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Notification:

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. if a parking ban begins at 11 p.m.

Additional notification methods above

Fine for violating:

$55 + Towing & Storage

Length of Ban:

one night or more, depending on the snowfall

Snow Emergency, Side Streets

Streets affected:

Streets with parking on both sides which are not posted as Snow Routes

In effect:

By Declaration after an accumulation of 4" or more of snow

Restriction:

No parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the even numbered side of the street on even # days

No parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the odd numbered side of the street on odd # days

Notification:

Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.

Additional notification methods above

Fine for violating:

if ticketed: $55
if towed: $150

(If towed, your car will be returned to the vicinity from which it was towed)

Length of Ban:

Determined by Public Works Dept.

Most streets with parking on one side only now have permanent “ODD date” or “EVEN date” signs. This allows them to be plowed during snow emergencies.

Special Notes

Snow parking regulations are in effect until the time indicated on the sign. It is illegal to park on the street during the restricted time, even if the plows have been through. Plowing and salting operations may require a return visit by City trucks.

Residents can help facilitate snow removal by abiding by posted parking restrictions and parking as close to the curb as possible, clear of alleyways and intersections, so City trucks and emergency vehicles have access. Whenever snow is present on roadways, voluntarily abiding by posted even/odd parking rules helps Public Works plows clear snow to the curb. Thank you for your assistance in keeping Evanston safe.

More on snow plowing operations >>>

Clearing Sidewalks and Parking Lots

Homeowners and businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after ANY snowfall. Landlords are responsible for keeping sidewalks, parking lots and all common areas, including open stairwells, free from all hazardous conditions at all times. More on snow shoveling >>>

Driving

Drivers are reminded to give snow plows enough room to do their jobs safely:

  • Don’t follow too closely behind the plow;
  • Don’t pass a snow plow on the right;
  • Slow down!

Visibility may be reduced due to blowing snow caused by plowing.

Evanston Life - Winter 2014-15 Public Works Edition