A recent Curd connoisseur asked how the average Milwaukeean parks their car on the street without getting a ticket? While we recently provided a similar answer regarding Winter Parking regulations, there are a number of standard parking rules and permits that otherwise apply year-round.
Most importantly: read the posted signs. They don’t lie. No sign? Then there is not a parking or time restriction.
Time limits are enforced on Saturdays but you don’t have to pay, and few meters or time limits are enforced on Sundays (notable exceptions being near North and Prospect Ave) .
Absolutely no parking on city streets between 2AM-6AM Monday through Saturday (morning, Friday night) without permit or permission. Permission is granted up to 3 nights per 30-day period for anyone. You must either call 414-286-8300 or enter your information here for permission. No permission or permit is necessary on Saturday nights (Sunday morning 2-6AM) or some holidays.
One must also be aware of the Alternate Side Parking rule: you can park on one side of the street overnight based on the calendar date. For example, overnight on May 3rd you can park on the odd side, in front of address 303 (not 304). Odd sides are often the West or South sides of the street, but not always.
Residential Nonconforming Use Day Permits
If your residence was built before October 27, 1970 and doesn’t provide at least 2 parking spaces per 3 dwellings (apartment, condo) then, for $10/year you can park without time restrictions on the street nearest your home. More info in section 101-27.5 here.
For specially-designated “commuter impacted” areas in the city with a lot of congestion, residents may get one free permit per household that allows for all time restrictions in that area to be ignored. These approximate areas are shown in the map below. Passes can be obtained at a police station with proof of residence.
Reasons Joe has received tickets (paid here)
1) No parking within 4 feet of a driveway/alley.
2) No parking further than 12 inches from a curb.
Common Other Citations
1) No parking within 15 feet of crosswalk.
2) No parking within 10 feet of hydrant.