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Elizabeth Stiffler
Civil Engineer

800 City Hall Annex
25 4th Street West
Saint Paul, MN  55102

P: (651) 266-6210
F: (651) 298-4559

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Everything you need to know about parking in Saint Paul.

Parking Rules
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The rules of parking can be an intimidating and costly problem for drivers in urban areas. Following two simple guidelines can reduce your risk of being ticketed. 
  1. Identify, read and understand the posted parking signs. Parking where signs say you can't is a sure way to find a ticket on your windshield. If you can't figure out if it is legal to park, it's probably best to find a different space.
  2. Know the places where you are prohibited from parking by state law or City Code that are typically unsigned. Below is an explanation of some of the more common unsigned zones where parking is prohibited in the City of Saint Paul.

Common Unsigned Parking Restrictions
 Stop Signs  Marked Crosswalks  Fire Hydrants
 Signalized Intersections  Unmarked Crosswalks  Driveways
 Time Limit  Alleys  Bus Stops


Do Not Park Within 30 Feet of a Stop Sign
Parking is prohibited within 30 feet of a stop or yield sign to improve the visibility of the sign, to allow for better sightlines between pedestrians and vehicles approaching the intersection, and to ensure that vehicles waiting at the stop sign can see oncoming traffic on the other approaches.

Tip: Most cars are 18-20 feet long, so the space between you and a stop or yield sign should be larger than a single parking space.
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Do Not Park Within 30 Feet of a Signalized Intersection

Signal.jpg Parking is prohibited within 30 feet of traffic signal to allow for better sightlines between pedestrians and vehicles approaching the intersection, and to ensure that vehicles waiting to turn at the signal can see oncoming traffic on the other approaches.

Tip: Most cars are 18-20 feet long, so the space between you and a traffic signal should be larger than a single parking space.

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Do Not Park Within 20 Feet of a Marked Crosswalk at an Intersection
Parking is prohibited within 20 feet of a marked crosswalk at an intersection. This improves the ability of pedestrians to see oncoming traffic and increases the distance from which motorists can see pedestrians in the crosswalk. The additional sight distance enables them to more comfortably stop, as required by state law.

Tip: Most cars are about 18 to 20 feet long. If there is a full parking space between you and the crosswalk, you are most likely far enough away.
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Do Not Park Within 20 Feet of an Unmarked Crosswalk at an Intersection

Unmarked Xwalk.jpg Parking is prohibited within 20 feet just as it is at a marked crosswalk. This improves the ability of pedestrians to see oncoming traffic and increases the distance from which motorists can see pedestrians in the crosswalk. The additional sight distance enables them to more comfortably stop, as required by state law.

Tip: Most cars are about 18 to 20 feet long. If there is a full parking space between you and the crosswalk, you are most likely far enough away.
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Do Not Park Within 10 Feet of a Fire Hydrant
Parking is prohibited within 10 feet of a fire hydrant. This ensures that the Fire Department can easily access the hydrant in the event of fire.
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Do Not Park Within 5 Feet of a Driveway

Driveway.jpg Parking is prohibited within 5 feet of a driveway. This space allows vehicles to maneuver in and out of the driveway to access businesses or homes.
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Don't Park Your Vehicle for More than 48 Consecutive Hours
You are not allowed to park your vehicle for more than 48 consecutive hours in the same location on a City of Saint Paul street.


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Parking in a Residential Alley

Alley.jpg You are not allowed to park within 5 feet of a driveway in an alley. You are also not allowed to park within 20 feet of a driveway on the opposite side of the alley. In addition, 10 feet must be maintained for the free movement of traffic. These rules ensure that people can access, enter, and exit their property from the alley.

Note: These rules apply only to alleys outside the downtown region. Parking in alleys is prohibited in the downtown region defined as the “congested district” in City Code.


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Do Not Park Within 80 Feet of a Bus Stop
You are not allowed to park within 80 feet upstream of a bus stop. This allows buses to reach the curb, where they can remove themselves from the travel lane and drop off passengers with mobility issues onto the sidewalk.

Tip: This distance can be difficult to judge and is often signed. If there is not a sign marking the start of the no parking zone, many city residential properties are between 40-50 feet wide. Parking two properties away from the bus stop should put you in a legal zone if no other restrictions are present.


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