Odd / Even Parking Neighborhoods

Living in an historic City can be interesting. Streets were originally built for horses and hitching posts, not massive trucks. That's why in some of the oldest neighborhoods in Des Moines, the City Council has established a concept known as Odd/Even Side Snow Parking Zones. Signs are posted throughout the four neighborhoods (Carpenter, Drake, Sherman Hill and a portion of River Bend) that are included in Odd/Even parking zones.

To avoid being ticketed or possibly towed:

  • On calendar days ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.), on-street parking is allowed in front of addresses ending in an odd number from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • On even number days, park in front of addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to avoid being ticketed or possibly towed.
The Public Works Director decides when to start enforcing our Citywide and Odd/Even Plowing restrictions. The Director’s decision is based on total accumulation, prevailing conditions and near future forecasts. Click here to sign up for alerts.

For more information on Odd/Even Neighborhoods, check the map below or visit Show Me My House.

Map of Des Moines' Odd and Even Parking Neighborhoods