Parking & Winter Parking
Parking on Public Streets
Parking regulations help ensure safety and order for all who use East Bethel's public street system as well as adequate access for emergency vehicles and maintenance equipment (see the City Code, Chapter 70, Article II for a complete listing of parking regulations).
Throughout East Bethel, vehicles on public streets may not be stopped, parked, or left standing upon any street for a continuous period of more than 24 hours.
When authorized by the city council, certain streets, blocks, or portions of streets or blocks may be designated as no parking or limited parking zones. It is unlawful to stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle in a prohibited parking zone. The city may also temporarily suspend parking prohibitions or limitations.
From November 1 through March 31, parking is prohibited on public streets and alleys from 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. daily. Vehicles may be parked on private property in parking lots and driveways. The restriction is every night because many snow events start in the middle of the night when residents are sleeping and unaware.
Parking is prohibited on any public street between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on any day after a snowfall of at least two inches until the snow has been plowed to the curb line. The Public Works Manager shall determine whether there has been a snowfall requiring such parking restriction. Keep in mind that the Minneapolis or St. Paul snow emergency announcements on TV and radio do not apply to East Bethel.
After a snowfall of at least two inches, supervisors from the Public Works and the Anoka County Sheriff's Office confer and determine when enforcement will commence. Vehicles in violation are cited by patrolling police, and those still in violation after 24 hours may be towed. After two inches of snowfall, vehicles parked in locations that create an extreme hazard may be towed immediately by the police or at the request of state, county, or city street maintenance personnel.
What is the purpose of winter parking restrictions?
It is the most cost effective and efficient way to maintain our streets in winter. If a snowfall event warrants a call out of plows, early morning is a good time to start cleaning streets, before residents begin their commutes and school buses pick up children. We want to make the roads as safe as possible and quickly.