Parking Regulation Changes UPDATE 2013
The City of Moorhead has made a number of changes to parking regulations in the Minnesota State University Moorhead/Concordia College/Eventide neighborhood to balance the needs of residents, students, and employees in the neighborhoods. Changes were made after gathering day and parking counts and holding numerous public meetings, as described in the 2012 Moorhead Neighborhood Parking Study.
Summary of Campus Neighborhood Parking Updates 2013:
A number of changes were implemented in fall/winter 2012. The City conducted an evaluation of the 2012 parking initiatives and has further modified parking regulations as follows:
- Snow Removal District Parking Restrictions:
Snow Removal District Parking Restrictions will now occur only during the applicable posted
"No Parking Street Maintenance". schedules for streets within the Snow Removal District.
Vehicles parked on the streets during the posted "No Parking Street Maintenance" schedule will be towed during a declared Snow Removal Declaration.
When a Snow Removal Declaration is not in effect, vehicles will be ticketed. Details regarding the Snow Removal District are provided in
Removal District Brochure.
When the seasonal restrictions are in place, drivers will be responsible for moving their vehicles off affected streets to avoid the expense and inconvenience of towing.
The City will continue to issue public service announcements when snow removal declarations occur. People living or working in the neighborhood may also sign up for email, Twitter, or Facebook notifications to hear directly when a Snow Removal Declaration is issued, or you may call 218.477.SNOW for a recorded message on Snow Removal Declarations.
Three Hour Parking:
On-street parking on certain streets close to Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead will be limited to 3 hours at a time from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, from August 15 to May 15 each year. Signs are posted on each block of streets with 3-hour parking and/or other applicable restrictions.
Routine college and university traffic should be directed to campus parking lots whenever possible. The 3-hour zone may be expanded if the all-day campus traffic parking moves further into the neighborhood rather than onto campus parking lots.
- Residential Parking Permits in 3-hour zone:
Property owners with homes on streets adjacent to the 3-hour zone may apply for a permit (one per property) to exempt one vehicle from the 3-hour parking restriction in the block adjacent to their home. All other vehicles must follow the parking requirements posted on the streets for the scheduled restriction periods. There is no cost for a residential parking permit for eligible residents, but a $25.00 replacement fee is charged for lost or stolen permits. Parking permit must be clearly displayed to avoid ticketing; no exceptions. The residential parking permit does not exempt the resident from any parking rules except the 3-hour time limit. Parking must still adhere to street maintenance schedules, snow removal declarations, distances from driveways, cross-walks, and other state and local parking laws. Annual permit renewal will be required. Only the property owner may apply for the permit. Use and sharing of the permit between tenants is the property owner's responsibility.
- Enforcement: Patrols are conducted to enforce new and existing parking regulations. Residents and visitors are reminded cars may not be parked in the following areas:
- 5 feet from driveway approaches
- 10 feet from fire hydrants
- 20 feet of crosswalks
- 20 feet from all intersections
- 30 feet from stop signs
- In theIn the grass or on front yards
Questions you may have:
Where can I park? Boulevard signs will be posted for the restrictions that apply to each block. Utilize driveways and parking lots whenever possible. Cars may not be parked on grass, in front yards, or across the sidewalks. MSUM does permit free parking in some of their lots after 5 pm and that may be an option for neighbors during snow events. Those lots are signed accordingly.
Who do I call if my driveway is blocked by a vehicle? You may contact the Moorhead Police Department through the Red River Valley Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660.
How far do I have to move my car to avoid a ticket
in a 3-hour zone? The car must be moved at least one City block for the 3-hour time period to be restarted.
Do residents have to follow the 3-hour parking requirements?
Yes, except that property owners with homes on streets adjacent to the 3-hour zone may apply for a permit (one per property) to exempt one vehicle from the 3-hour parking restriction in the block adjacent to their home. All other vehicles must follow the parking requirements posted on the streets for the scheduled restriction periods. Three hour limits are not in place during evenings, weekends, or summers when the parking congestion is not typically a problem.
Can a tenant in a rental unit in the 3-hour zone apply for a Residential Parking Permit?
No. The property owner must make the application and determine how the permit will be shared between the tenants living in a rental unit.
What happens if I lose my Residential Parking Permit?
A replacement fee of $25.00 applies. The permit holder/property owner must file a police report to limit fraudulent redistribution and replacement of issued permits. An individual in possession of a stolen permit is subject to criminal prosecution. What are the hours of the Snow Removal District parking restrictions?
The snow district restrictions follow the day and time of the posted road maintenance schedule. You may check on whether a Snow Removal Declaration is in effect at any time at www.cityofmoorhead.com/snowdistrict.
Will vehicles with disability license plates or residential parking permits have to move their cars for snow removal?
Yes. Vehicles with disability license plates or permits are not subject to the 3-hour parking time limit, but are subject to all other parking regulations. All vehicles will have to be moved during snow removal periods and posted street maintenance schedules.
Will you issue warnings or tickets before towing? Warnings will not be issued in the case of snow events or when a vehicle is blocking someone's driveway regardless of the weather. It was very clear from the parking study that illegal parking and the narrowing of streets due to incomplete snow removal are both a safety concern and major frustration.
If my car is towed, how do I get it back? During normal business hours, contact the Moorhead Police Department at 218-299-5120 to pay the fees and arrange a time to release the car. After business hours, contact the Moorhead Police Department through Red River Dispatch Center at (701) 451-7660 to make arrangements.
What are the requirements for disability parking permit? Permits are regulated by the State of Minnesota. More Information