Parking restrictions on many neighborhood streets begin Nov. 1

Published on October 15, 2018

Photo of an Even Dates parking restrictions sign in the Heritage Hill neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A sure sign of the coming winter begins Thursday, Nov. 1 with the start of street parking restrictions in Grand Rapids.

Odd-even and same-side parking restrictions take effect at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 1 of each year. They last until 11:59 p.m. April 1 of the following year. Streets with restrictions have odd-even or same-side parking signs posted. 

Odd-even parking restrictions mean that on each even numbered day starting at 1 a.m. and until 6 p.m., parking is prohibited on the odd numbered side of the street. On each odd numbered day starting at 1 a.m. and until 6 p.m., parking is prohibited on the even numbered side of the street. From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. each day, parking is permitted on both sides of the street unless signs indicate otherwise.

Same-side parking restrictions require residents to park only on a designated side of the street from Nov. 1 to April 1. On some of the narrowest of streets, there may be no parking allowed. 

Parking restrictions allow City street sweepers and snow plows easier access to neighborhood streets. They also help to keep one lane of traffic open and available for emergency and public service vehicles.  
“Enforcing the odd-even and same-side parking regulations in November may seem odd, especially with no snow on the ground,” Public Works Director James Hurt said, “But having these streets open for us to do an effective job in sweeping is a proactive way to ensure we don’t have flooded streets later in the winter due to clogged catch basins. The Nov. 1 start date also allows residents to get into a new parking routine before the snow flies.”

Street sweepers clear roadways of leaves and debris that naturally fall to the ground. Clearing the curbs, gutters and catch basins is critical to prepare them for possible snow and ice accumulation later in the month. It is unlawful to rake your leaves into the street. Once snow has fallen, the parking restrictions allow the City snow plows to easily navigate neighborhood streets to effectively clear snow over the course of a couple days.  

Vehicles parked on city streets in violation of the City Ordinance after Nov. 1 may be ticketed. The Grand Rapids Police Department will begin enforcement of winter parking regulations whether there is snow on the ground or not. To avoid a $20 parking ticket, drivers are encouraged to comply with the signs posted on the street where they are parking.

According to the Lighting, Signals and Signs Department, Grand Rapids has about 90 miles of streets with odd-even parking. There are about 5 miles of streets with same-side parking restrictions.

A map showing streets with parking restrictions is available HERE. A video detailing the parking restrictions is available HERE. Questions on the restrictions may be directed to 311 or 616.456.3000.