City Snow Updates

Four Inch Snow Rule

DPW announces that the 4-inch rule is now in effect in the City of Milwaukee.

If you are parked on a street designated as a 4-inch rule street, move your vehicle by 3:00 p.m. today – December 11, 2016 – to avoid a ticket and possible tow.

City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Announces An Overnight Snow Removal Operation for 48-Hour Parking Exception Streets:
Effective December 11 & 12, 2016

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) has called for an overnight snow removal operation for 48-Hour Parking Exception streets that will last for two nights – Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12, 2016.  This will help ensure that DPW crews can access as much of the street pavement as possible to remove ice and snow effectively, efficiently, and most importantly, safely.

All residents that park on a 48-hour exception street must move their vehicles to the odd numbered side of the street by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  Residents must then move their vehicles again on Monday, December 12 by 11:00 p.m. to the even numbered side of the street.

City residents are reminded that the posted street sign takes precedence in all areas of the city. Please read the street signs on the block/in the neighborhood for winter parking instructions BEFORE YOU PARK.   As not all winter parking rules are posted, residents should also check for parking restrictions at  Residents can also call (414) 286-CITY (-2489).

Once these streets have been plowed, DPW will notify residents again that the operation has concluded and overnight parking is once again permitted on both sides of the street, until the next operation is called.

Failure to move a vehicle overnight during a declared DPW operation will result in a $20 citation and the possibility of being towed.  Towed vehicles are subject to a $105 reclamation fee plus a $20 per day storage fee.  Remember –you also need a valid overnight parking permit to park on the street.

Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive a Snow Mobile Winter Text Alert message and/or an E-Notify email message which serve to alert them that a DPW operation has been called, and that vehicles must be moved accordingly.

To sign up for either or both alerts, go to or call (414) 286-CITY for assistance.

City of Milwaukee Garbage and Recycling Collections Limited On Monday, December 12, 2016.  Crews to work extended shifts December 13-16.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works will have limited garbage and recycling collections on Monday, December 12, 2016 as DPW staff continue to clean up after this weekend’s snowfall.

The game plan:

  • DPW Sanitation crews will continue to work with the snow clean-up effort on Monday, December 12.
  • Limited collections will occur on Monday, December 12.
  • Residents scheduled for a Monday, December 12 pick-up should still take their carts to the curb TONIGHT, December 11 for eventual collection. Leave your carts at the curb site until they are emptied.
  • Residents with scheduled garbage collection Tuesday through Friday should plan to take their cart(s) to the curb the night before their scheduled day to ensure that crews working extended hours can access and collect their garbage.
  • Please be patient! Crews are working to catch up on garbage collections following this recent snowstorm.  Leave your full carts at the curb – your garbage and recycling will be collected.
  •  For information on garbage and recycling schedules by address, please call (414) 286-CITY or check the DPW website at

REMINDER:  The City of Milwaukee has a year-round set-out policy for garbage carts – residents who have curb pick-up must take their carts to the curb. DPW recommends taking the garbage cart to the curb the night before collection, as crews may be starting earlier in the morning in order to catch up on their routes.

For alley pick-up, residents must shovel out their carts so DPW crews can access them for uninterrupted service.

Resources: Call (414) 286-CITY or visit