Parking Regulations

This Big Lake Police Department works in conjunction with its citizens, and the City of Big Lake Public Works Department to ensure proper and safe parking within the City. During the winter months it is essential to keep roadways clear for the efficient removal of snow and ice.


All parking regulations carry a $25 fine with the exception of: Handicap Parking has a fine of $200 and Winter Parking carries a fine of $50. Fines are payable by mail, or in person at the Big Lake Police Department. Fines not paid within 14 days will be assessed a $5 late fee. Fines not paid within 30 days will be referred to Sherburne County District Court in a formal summons.

Parking Ticket Appeal Form

Big Lake City Parking Ordinances

Parking, Stopping, Standing. It shall be unlawful for the owner and/or driver of a motor vehicle to stop, stand, or park the vehicle in any of the following places except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or when in compliance with the directions of a peace officer or traffic control devices:

  1. On a sidewalk or boulevard between the sidewalk and roadway.
  2. In front of a public or private driveway.
  3. Within an intersection.
  4. Within ten feet (10') of a fire hydrant.
  5. On a crosswalk.
  6. Within twenty feet (20') of a crosswalk at any intersection.
  7. Within thirty feet (30') of any arterial stop sign or sign indicating the direction for travel or traffic control signal.
  8. In any manner on any street or highway so as to interfere with or interrupt the passage of other vehicles. Within twenty feet (20') of a driveway entrance to any fire station and on a side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy five feet (75') of the entrance when properly sign posted.
  9. Within 500 feet of any fire.
  10. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street or highway.
  11. At any place where official signs prohibit stopping, standing or parking.
  12. In a handicapped zone unless the vehicle has handicapped plates or a sticker authorizing such parking.
  13. So as to block a fire escape or the exit from any building whether on public or private property.
  14. Where temporary signs are posted by the Police Department or by some other person at City Council’s direction reading "No Parking by Police Order" as long as such signs are in place.
  15. In an area designated as a fire lane.
  16. Move a vehicle not owned by the person into any prohibitive area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.

Winter Parking

No vehicle shall park on any street or roadway between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 8 a.m. from November 1 through April 15, except emergency vehicles on any City street.

Parking in Regard to Snow Plowing and/or Removal

After a snowfall of two (2) inches or more, all streets in the City shall be cleared of all motor vehicles and parts thereof, for the purpose of snowplowing and/or removal, until all streets are plowed. Any motor vehicle or parts thereof left on any street or boulevard in the City in such way as to impede the performance of the City and/or State snowplow shall be dealt with under the penalty provision of this Section.