There are no snow-related parking restrictions at this time.
The Department of Public Works is dedicated to providing residents with professional snow removal services. It takes hundreds of Public Works, Parks and Recreation and WRA employees and a partnership with Des Moines' residents to operate the 100 pieces of equipment that are necessary to clear our streets effectively. We really couldn't do it without you.
As a general rule, while snow is still falling, plow trucks are working on designated main snow routes that are designed so that no one is ever more than four blocks from a snow route. Once the snow stops, the plow trucks transition into plowing all of the residential roads that do not fall into the snow route system. Parking restrictions are not actively enforced in neighborhoods until snowfall stops and an issued residential snow ordinance goes into effect. However, residents are encouraged not to park on residential streets during snowfall when possible.
A partnership between residents and the City is critical to achieve improved services. The City has invested in larger, more efficient snow removal equipment that will clear most residential street with just 2 passes.
You can stay up-to-date through the following methods:
Vehicles Off Street During Snow Removal
All residents are required to move their vehicles off the street during snow removal operations except in odd/even parking zones. Click here to access the Snow and Ice Control Policy.
According to Chapter 114 of the Municipal Code, “No parking will be allowed on residential streets during snow removal operations.” Vehicles parked on the street will receive a $35 fine and may be subject to towing. Tickets can be appealed using the Parking Ticket Appeal process.
Moving vehicles off the street has many benefits:
- Plow time is reduced by almost 33%.
- Clearing streets curb-to-curb results in better quality snow removal with less rework.
- Not moving your vehicle causes a delay in plowing, which increases the amount of snow and ice compacted by traffic. Additional salt is required to melt the compacted snow and ice.
Deposit of Snow on Public Property
Keep in mind that snow removed from parking lots and driveways cannot be placed on the street or public right-of-way. Property owners who do not comply, whether they hire a contractor or not, are subject to a $100 administrative penalty for a first offense and large penalties for repeat violations.
Timeline for Snow Removal
Visit the National Weather Service's website for the latest, hourly snowfall forecast.
|Timeline based on weather||Operation||Ordinance and Parking Restrictions|
|During snowfall||Plowing Snow Routes||Snow removal efforts are underway along Snow Routes. Vehicles may not be parked on Snow Route streets at this time.|
|3 hours after snowfall ends||Plowing Residential Streets||Snow removal efforts are underway on Residential Streets. Vehicles may not be parked on residential streets.|
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on designated days
|Plowing Odd/Even Streets||Snow removal efforts are underway in Odd/Even Neighborhoods. Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., cars must be parked on the correct side of the street.
Even date? Cars must be parked on the side of the street with even numbered houses.
Odd date? Cars must park on the side of the street with odd numbered houses.
For more information on Odd/Even Neighborhoods, visit Show Me My House.
|24-48 hours after snowfall ends||All Clear||Snow removal efforts are not currently underway. Residents are able to park on the street based on standard parking regulations for each street.|