Snow Plowing Ordinance

Avoid Being Towed

Sign up to be notified of by email or text when West St. Paul declares a snow emergency. West St. Paul plow crews need all drivers' cooperation to ensure safe streets during the winter. Snow parking regulations are triggered by a snowfall of 2½ inches or more, measured by the weather bureau or by a snow emergency declaration by the City Engineer or Police Chief. Then the following rules become effective:

Once a Snow Emergency is declared, enforcement will not begin until the following 2am. Snow Emergencies last for 48 hours from the time they are declared. 

Snow Emergency Routes
No parking after 2 a.m. until fully plowed (enforced by towing).

  • Annapolis
  • Bernard
  • Butler
  • Charlton
  • Delaware
  • Dodd
  • Emerson
  • Marie
  • Mendota
  • Moreland
  • Oakdale
  • Robert
  • Smith
  • Stryker
  • Thompson
  • Wentworth

All Other Streets & Alleys

No Parking after 8 a.m. until street is fully plowed, or until 8 p.m., whichever comes first. "Snowbirds" are tagged and towed if not moved.


The city contracts towing from city streets with:

Absolute Towing and Recovery
310 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: 651-337-2149

City Ordinance

 Section 95.04. Snow on Sidewalks.

  • Requires property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from adjacent public sidewalks within 12 hours after it falls or accumulates.
  • Gives the City the authority to remove the snow and ice at the expense of the owner, the cost to be levied as a special assessment against the property.
  • States "It is unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited snow from private property or public right-of-way onto a public street." Violation is a misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $1000.

Trash Cans: When putting out trash, residents are reminded to put their containers on their boulevard or driveway area and NOT in the City Street.  This will permit snow removal crews to clear the street completely.

Mailboxes: Residents are asked to help keep the area around their mailboxes clear of snow and ice.  This will prevent damage to mailboxes and allow for the postal service to deliver.