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Village of McFarland, WI

Winter Street Parking and Street Parking Prohibition (Snow Emergency) Ordinance Information -in effect December 1


Sec. 35-158. - Winter Parking Regulations

(a)  Alternate side parking. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in the Village on the odd-numbered side of the street on the even-numbered calendar days and on the even-numbered side of the street on the odd-numbered calendar days from December 1 to March 31 each year during the hours between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any cul-de-sac bulb street in the Village from December 1 to March 31 each year during the hours between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Any vehicle or object parked in violation hereof may be removed from said street by the Village police at the cost of the owner thereof and, in addition thereto, shall be liable for and subject to the penalties provided below. This Subsection shall not apply to streets where parking is limited to one side of the street.


Street Parking Prohibition (Snow Emergency)

At times, due to anticipated weather conditions or other environmental factors, the Village of McFarland may issue an order prohibiting parking on all Village streets and roadways pursuant to Village Ordinance Section 35-158(b).

The main purposes of such declarations are twofold; one, to maximize the ability of plowing crews to clear roadways for travel, and secondly to prevent residents from having to dig their vehicles out of large walls of snow created by plow vehicles as they move around vehicles left on the street.

The Village of McFarland takes into consideration a variety of factors in making these determinations, including anticipated snow amounts, type of snow (wet vs. dry), temperature, wind conditions, and the timing of the storm as it relates to staffing considerations.

In the event that a storm fails to produce anticipated conditions, the prohibition may be lifted at some point. This updated information would be found on the Village of McFarland website, at

When a Street Parking Prohibition is declared, related information is provided to local media outlets, and is posted on this site as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

When a Street Parking Prohibition / Snow Emergency is declared, public overflow parking is allowed in the front (north) lot of the Municipal Center located at 5915 Milwaukee Street in McFarland on a first come / first serve basis.  Parking is prohibited in the rear (south) lot, as this area is reserved for emergency response employees.

Below is the ordinance pertaining to Street Parking Prohibitions:


Sec. 35-158. - Street Parking Prohibition / Snow Emergencies.

 (b)   Snow emergency parking by regulations. Upon the declaration of a snow or snow removal emergency by the Chief of Police and/or the Village Board and in conjunction with the Director of Public Works, regulations necessary to make effective the provisions of this Subsection shall be made.

       (1)  When it becomes necessary to effectuate the effective movement of vehicles and to plow snow or ice from streets which, because of the accumulation of snow or ice thereon, causes such a hindrance to traffic as constitutes an emergency unless the snow or ice is promptly removed, the Chief of Police or a designated subordinate, after consultation with the Director of Public Works shall, by appropriate public media, declare the beginning of an emergency and the application of emergency snow parking regulations, which regulations shall remain in force and effect until lifted by the Chief of Police or a designated subordinate. For the purpose of this Subsection, the accumulation of snow or ice on any streets or area sufficient for the application of emergency regulations herein shall be such accumulation of snow and ice that hinders the safe movement of traffic hereon or that impedes the ability of emergency vehicles and public transportation vehicles to travel safely and expeditiously over such streets or areas.

      (2)  When necessary for the clearing, repairing, removal and plowing of snow or ice from any street or for other emergency or special conditions as declared, the Chief of Police or designated subordinates are hereby authorized to make and carry out regulations and procedures sufficient to effectively cope with such emergency or special conditions to include:

Making temporary regulations directing traffic and regulating parking;

Restrictions prohibiting parking on any street during the hours from 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.; and/or

Such other and further regulations and restrictions as to traffic and parking as may be designated as necessary.

      (3)  Whenever a snow emergency exists as declared herein and any motor vehicle or object shall remain on the street or public parking lot in violation of this Subsection, it may be removed by or under the direction of the Police or Public Works Department after one of such departments has attempted to notify the owner to remove such vehicle and it has not been removed.

      (4)  This Subsection shall supersede all other parking regulations in force or posted on any street. Enforcement of this Subsection shall not require posting on affected streets but posting shall be placed or erected at or reasonably near the corporate limits on all state and county trunk highways and connecting streets informing motorists that snow emergency regulations are in effect.


5915 Milwaukee St. | P.O. Box 110 | McFarland, WI 53558-0110 | ph: 608-838-3153 | fx: 608-838-3619