When winter weather hits, Iowa City may declare a Snow Emergency, which  limits on street parking to allow plows to clear snow and ice quickly. Drivers who fail to move their vehicles off the street face tickets and towing fees that can cost upwards of $200.

The Snow Emergency will likely remain in effect for 48-hours, weather depending. City officials aim to give 24-hours notice, but at the very least will provide four-hours notice before towing begins.

Parking during a Snow Emergency

Parking options are limited during a Snow Emergency, but is legal in the following locations:

1. To get vehicles off of the street, additional parking is available during a Snow Emergency:

  • Downtown Parking Ramps

Park for free overnight in one of the Downtown ramps. Exit by 7 a.m. to avoid fees.

  • Iowa City Parks

Temporary parking at City Park, 200 E. Park Road, or Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Dr. 

2. Limited two-way street parking 

  • If it’s an even numbered date, park on the side with even numbered addresses
  • If it’s an odd numbered date, park on the side with odd numbered addresses
  • During a 48-hour Snow Emergency, vehicles must move to the opposite side of the street by 8 a.m. on the second day of the snow event  

3. Limited one-way street parking 

  • If the permitted side has even addresses, park there on even days
  • If the permitted side has odd addresses, park there on odd days
  • Never park on the side where parking is prohibited

4. Street parking continues in the Downtown Central Business District 

  • Area bound by Iowa Avenue, Gilbert, Burlington and Capitol Streets is exempt 

Make sure you're aware when a Snow Emergency is declared:

  • Sign-up for 'snow alert' text and email notification at www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions
  • Visit www.icgov.org and look for an alert on the homepage
  • Follow the City of Iowa City on Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor
  • Stay tuned to local news media, including the City operated cable station City Channel 4
  • Look for posted signs at major road entrance into the City, and on City operated facilities 
  • Call City Hall at 319-356-5000. Do not call 911.

For more information, visit www.icgov.org/snow or contact Communications Coordinator Shannon McMahon at 319-356-5058 or Shannon-mcmahon@iowa-city.org.

Date of publication

Monday, December 04, 2017