Compared to New York or Boston, it's easy to park here. Compared to Rhinelander, it's not -- especially during a snow emergency.
Alternate Side Parking in Winter
Alternate Side Parking regulations are in effect citywide in Madison from Nov. 15 to March 15, whether it's actually snowing or not. If you park on the wrong side of the street, expect a ticket. Park on the even-house numbered side of the street 1 am-7 am on even-numbered days and on the odd-house numbered side of the street 1 am-7 am on odd-numbered days. In the Downtown-Isthmus Snow Emergency Zone, however, alternate side parking rules are in effect only when a snow emergency has been declared. For maps and more info, call 608-261-9111 or see: cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/parking/alternatesideparking.cfm.
Residential Parking Permits
If you live downtown, on the isthmus or near campus, you may live in an area covered by the Residential Parking Permit Program. You may purchase a special permit from the Madison Parking Division Office that allows residents of these areas to exceed the posted one- or two-hour parking limit on the street. The permit doesn't guarantee a parking place; it allows the right to park, if you find a parking space. That can be a very big "if." Permits can be obtained from the Madison Parking Division, Suite 100, Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.; cost is $21.
What is a "snow emergency"?
It could be when your snow blower doesn't start. However, officially, a Declared Snow Emergency is when snow accumulates to 3" or more and all the streets in the downtown Snow Emergency Zone must be plowed. Alternate side parking rules in the Snow Emergency Zone must be followed for a minimum of the next two nights. A Snow Emergency will always be declared prior to 9 pm if it is to take effect that night.