Parking Questions

Temporary Parking Permits/No Parking Signs

When is a temporary parking permit required?

A temporary parking permit is required for streets with signs prohibiting parking on the street or restricting parking during certain hours. Most Minnetonka streets do not have these restrictions and therefore do not require a temporary parking permit.

If no parking permit is required and you anticipate a large number of cars for your event, please consider the following parking safety tips:

  • Park all vehicles on one side of the street, and pick the side that provides the most visibility to approaching traffic.
  • Do not park on the crest of a hill.
I live on a street with signs restricting parking. Will I qualify for a temporary parking permit?

Parking may be permitted in residential areas usually designated as “no parking” zones if all of the following seven conditions are met:

  • Old sign: no parking. New sign: don't even think of parking here.
  • The person applying for the parking permit has received the consent of at least one owner from 75 percent of the properties adjacent to where parking is requested;
  • Parking will not occur between 2 and 6 a.m.;
  • Parking is in connection with a special event such as a wedding or a graduation celebration and will not occur beyond one period of 20 consecutive hours;
  • One property may have no more than four special events with associated parking in a calendar year;
  • The parking does not create a hazard to public safety or violate any state requirements for municipal state aid streets;
  • The parking will occur on only one side of the street if both sides have been designated “no parking” areas; and
  • The special event will not violate any of the city’s noise regulations
How do I get a temporary parking permit?
Fill out the application for a temporary parking permit (PDF) and submit it to the Minnetonka Police Department at least seven days before your event. Applications may be mailed to or dropped off at the Minnetonka Police Department, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN, 55345. Don’t forget to get signatures from at least 75 percent of the property owners who will be adjacent to the area requested for parking. This signature form must be submitted with the application.
Will my application automatically be approved if I have the required signatures and meet the seven criteria outlined above?
The police chief or city manager may deny an application when they reasonably believe denial is in the public interest. However, reasons for denial must be stated in writing to the applicant. The applicant may appeal this decision to the city council by submitting a request in writing to the city clerk within ten days after the delivery of the denial decision.

Block Parties

My neighbors and I would like to have a block party, and would like the street closed for that purpose. How do we get permission for the police department?
At least one week before your block party, a completed application for permission to block off the street for block parties must be submitted to the Minnetonka Police Department.
Do all my neighbors have to agree to have the street blocked off?
Yes. All of your neighbors must agree, in writing, to the closing. Please submit a separate piece of paper, listing neighbors’ signatures, with the block party application.
Are some streets preferred over others to block off for a party?
Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets are preferred for permit approval, although through streets will be considered for approval on a case-by-case basis.
If approval to block off our street is granted, who is responsible for barricades?
The person receiving permission to block off the street is responsible for setting up and taking down barriers. If the street is closed during other than daylight hours, this person is also responsible for setting up and taking down warning lights.
Where do I get barricades and warning lights?
The necessary warning lights and barricades will be furnished by the city. A city truck will deliver to and pick up from the person authorized to block the street.

Obtaining Temporary “No Parking” Signs

Can I obtain temporary “no parking” signs to prohibit parking in areas where it is normally allowed?
Yes. For example, if you are having a garage sale and think traffic problems may be created by allowing vehicles to park on both sides of the street, you may be eligible to obtain temporary “no parking” signs.
How do I obtain temporary “no parking” signs?
Fill out the application for a temporary parking/no parking permit (PDF) and submit it to the Minnetonka Police Department at least seven days before your event. Applications may be mailed to or dropped off at the Minnetonka Police Department, 14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka, MN, 55345. Don’t forget to get signatures from at least 75 percent of the property owners who will be adjacent to the area requested for no parking. This signature form must be submitted with the application. If permission is granted, it is then your responsibility to pick up and return the temporary “no parking” signs at the police department.