Overnight Parking Bans Go Into Effect

parking banNorthwest Iowa — With winter, and the snow that it brings, looming on the horizon, we need to remind you of some parking restrictions that go into effect each year at this time.

The Sheldon Police Department reminds motorists that beginning at 2 am Sunday, November 1st, the Overnight Parking Ban on Sheldon streets will be in effect. Motorists are not allowed to park their vehicles on any street in Sheldon between the hours of 2 and 6 AM, from November 1st until April 1st. Motorists are also reminded that the fine amount for these violations is $10.00. Residents are encouraged to inform all overnight guests of this ordinance, as well.

In the city of Sibley, the winter parking ordinance bans parking vehicles on the city streets between 2 and 6 AM from November 1st to April 15th. The City of Sibley also reminds you that it is illegal to park between the curb and sidewalk as well.

Snow regulations for George are as follows:

PARKING DURING SNOW PLOWING AND REMOVAL OPERATIONS. It shall be unlawful to park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle, trailer or similar apparatus, on any public street, alley or city owned off-street parking areas during snow plowing and removal operations between the hours of 2:00 A.M. and 6: A.M. from November 1st to April 1st when weather conditions consist of snow, drifting snow, sleet, ice and/or freezing rain.

PARKING REGULATIONS DURING SNOW REMOVAL. To aid snow removal it shall be unlawful to park vehicles, trailers or similar apparatus on City streets when snow accumulation exceeds two (2) or more inches. After cessation of snow fall and snow has been cleared from the curb to curb for the entire length of the street, vehicles may be parked on the street again.

In Orange City, their seasonal parking ordinance states that it is illegal to park on the streets of Orange City between 2 and 6 AM from October 15th through April 1st.

Rock Rapids has a seasonal parking ordinance too, but it’s a little different. It is illegal to park on Rock Rapids city streets between 2 and 6 AM from November 1st to April 1st — but ONLY DURING SNOW REMOVAL OPERATIONS. So, in Rock Rapids you have to be aware if there’s snow or ice on the streets or in the forecast. Rock Rapids does issue advisories through the “Snowcap” system when they are going to be doing snow removal. You can sign up for alerts through

These are just a few of the cities in the KIWA listening area.  If we haven’t listed your town, you may want to check with your City Office to keep from running afoul of an overnight parking ban.

Fines for violations of these overnight parking bans vary from city to city, as do procedures for what will happen to your vehicle if you violate your city’s overnight parking ordinance.

You’re are also reminded to keep fire hydrants free from snow and accessible to fire fighters should the need arise. Most communities also have ordinances that stipulate that snow has to be removed from sidewalks in a timely manner and cannot be placed in the street. For more information, contact your city office.

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