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Snow Emergency

Don’t get towed when it snows

The city is enhancing safety and helping people get around Brooklyn Park during the winter months by piloting a new Snow Emergency Parking ordinance. 

In effect October 15 through April 15, the Snow Emergency Parking ordinance gives the city the authority to declare a snow emergency parking ban when snow, sleet, ice or snow drifts have created dangerous road and travel conditions.

When a snow emergency event is called, vehicles may not park on city streets until the full-width of the street has been plowed.

Vehicles left on city streets after a snow emergency is call will get a citation (ticket) and will be towed to an impound lot. The owner of the vehicle is responsible for all fees associated with snow emergency citation, towing and storing operations.

Vehicles need to be off the city streets, so crews can clear the streets quickly and motorists, school buses, fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles can get to where they need to go, safely.

Stay informed of snow emergencies

Online—on this website

Facebook

Email—Subscribe to snow emergency notifications to get an email message when a snow emergency is called

Local TV and radio—local radio and TV stations will be notified when a snow emergency is declared in Brooklyn Park, but the stations do not guarantee the announcement will be broadcast.

Where to park

If you do not have access to off-street parking during a snow emergency event, you may park your vehicle at an approved snow emergency parking for up to 24 after a snow emergency is called. Vehicles left at an approved snow emergency park lot for more than 24 hours after a after a snow emergency is called will be considered abandoned vehicles and may be ticketed and towed.

Snow emergency parking lots

Check back often. Other snow emergency parking lots will be added.

Lakeland Park, 6901 66th Ave

Central Park, 8440 Regent Ave

Head to the impound lot

If a vehicle is towed from a city street located in the north district, it will be towed to the impound lot at Cardinal Towing. If a vehicle is towed from a city street in the south district, it will be towed to the impound lot at Citywide Service Towing.
 

North district

Cardinal Service Towing
8400 Noble Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

South district

Citywide Service Towing
9309 83rd Ave N
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Fees

The cost to get your car out of the impound lot depends on several factors. The cost depends on the type of truck needed to tow the vehicle, how far it was towed and how long the vehicle is left at the impound lot.

Tow fees are paid at the impound lot. Checks are not accepted at the impound lots and credit cards may have additional fees from the banking institution. Please bring cash for payment.

The registered owner of the vehicle must bring proof of vehicle ownership, personal identification and proof of insurance to the impound lot to get their car back.

Citation fines (tickets) are paid to Hennepin County District Court.

Hennepin County District Court

Snow or no snow, overnight parking is not allowed

Regardless of weather conditions, between October 15 to April 15 vehicles may not be parked on city streets between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Vehicles left on city streets between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. will be ticketed and towed. 

Vehicles must also not be parked

  • On a sidewalk
  • For more than 24 hours on the street
  • Within 20 feet of a mailbox, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
  • In front of a driveway
  • Across the street from a driveway
 
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