Overnight Parking Restrictions Are Coming Back. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Overnight parking regulations will return in November.

Overnight parking regulations in Milwaukee will go back into effect starting Nov. 2, meaning that a permit will be required to park on city streets from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

The Common Council voted earlier this week to adopt a resolution to reinstate the regulations. Milwaukee suspended all timed, metered, day and night parking restrictions on March 19 to accommodate residents who had been forced to stay at home, as well as work from their residences, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A notice from the city states that the parking enforcement is returning through a “measured” approached that has aligned with the reopening of businesses, schools and health care centers, which earlier led to the resumption of metered and times regulations.

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With the arrival of fall and with winter approaching, it’s a critical time of year for seasonal municipal services that rely on night parking restrictions and alternate-side parking in many areas to allow for operations such as street sweeping, leaf collection and snow removal, according to the city. 

To allow the public time to get acclimated to resumed enforcement and acquire their appropriate night permits, parking enforcement personnel will begin placing warning notifications on vehicles that would be in violation once the regulations resume.

The city reportedly would have faced a loss of $13 million in revenue from parking permits, tickets and towing fees if the regulations hadn’t been reinstated. 

Ald. Khalif Rainey cast the lone vote against reinstatement of the regulations. In a statement, Rainey said the reinstatement means thousands of city residents will be forced to purchase overnight parking permits and worry about whether their vehicles are appropriately parked on the street. 

“I believe it is insensitive and simply wrong for the city to be proactively putting another financial burden on our residents, a large percentage of whom live in densely populated neighborhoods that have been hit hard by a still simmering surge in COVID-19 cases,” Rainey said. 

Residents will now be forced to pay for parking permits while many are still struggling to receive unemployment benefits, put food on their tables, pay rent or mortgages, educate their children in a virtual environment and avoid eviction or foreclosure. 

“I will continue to stand up for my constituents and for what I believe is right and just,” Rainey said.

Milwaukee night parking permits are available at a fee of $55 annually, or $20 for a four-month period. 

Permits can be purchased at milwaukee.gov/parking or at any district police station. For detailed information, go to milwaukee.gov/parking.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.