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Find information regarding overnight parking, paying a fine, available City parking lots, and what modifications we make to meet the parking needs of residents and businesses.

Overnight Parking Permission

There is no regular overnight parking in Wauwatosa. Vehicles may not be parked on any street, or municipal parking lot, between 3:00 am and 6:00 am, including holidays and weekends.

You can, however, obtain parking permission by calling the police department's non-emergency number at (414) 471-8430. Requests for permission are not accepted after 3:00 am on the date the vehicle(s) will be parked on the street.

Overnight Parking Permission is limited to:

  • Guests
  • Stalled vehicles
  • Vehicles affected by a construction project which makes off street parking impossible
  • Fifteen nights per vehicle, per year

Parking Regulations

We are committed to providing fair and balanced parking solutions throughout the City. Parking demands near businesses and public buildings can often times strain on street parking opportunities in the neighborhoods surrounding them. The City's goal is to provide on street parking opportunities for residents and business patrons while respecting the varied needs and desires of the City's neighborhoods.

Various parking solutions have been implemented across the City with parking restrictions being the most common. If you would like to request modifications to parking restrictions in your neighborhood please call the Department of Public Works, (414) 471-8422.

Curb Painting Program

We have an optional curb painting program for driveway approaches. Property owners can request that the curbs at the entrance of a driveway be painted at their expense to help reduce the likelihood that a vehicle will park within this area. Current City ordinance requires that no vehicle park within four feet of the entrance to an alley or a private road or driveway.

Guidelines for curb painting:

  • The curb will be power washed and painted with yellow epoxy paint on both sides of a drive approach.
  • Apply by April 30 in a given year for the painting to occur in the year the application is received. We will make every attempt to paint curbs if we receive the application after April 30.
  • The program fee includes one paint application only. If the paint fades, wears, or chips away, and you wish to have the curb painted again, you will have to submit a new application and fee.
  • Property owners are not allowed to self-perform paint application to any public infrastructure including curbs.

If you are interested in having the curbs adjacent to your driveway painted please review the policy on page two then complete this application and return it to us along with your payment in the amount of $120. If you have questions about this program please call Public Works at (414) 471-8422.

Below is a typical curb painting area.

curb painting

Stop Signs

We understand that stop signs may seem like a good solution to prevent speeding or reduce cut through traffic; however, that is not the case. National studies have shown that:

  1. crashes can increase at intersections where stop signs are installed even though they are not warranted.
  2. speeds can actually increase between stop signs by 3 to 5 mph, particularly when they are used inappropriately.
  3. compliance at inappropriate stop sign locations is poor, resulting in a false sense of security and accidents involving motorists and pedestrians expecting cross traffic to stop.
  4. the proliferation of stop signs at inappropriate locations creates a lack of respect for stop signs that are warranted.

For these reasons we only install stop signs in locations that meet one of the conditions outlined within the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Please review the City's stop sign installation policy and either fill out and return the application document or use our online form.