University of Minnesota Game Day Parking
University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football is returning to campus this fall, bringing with it a great deal of excitement, fans and cars.
In Minneapolis, it is against the law to park on the lawn of residential or commercial property. If you allow parking on your lawn or if your tenants allow parking on the lawn, you can be fined $200. The fine doubles for each additional violation at the property, up to $2,000. Cars may be towed.
These parking ordinances apply across the City, not just the U of M area.
Safety is the major concern—emergency responders need access to roads and alleys. These parking ordinances also help show respect for our neighbors and keep our neighborhoods livable. Here’s more about parking:
On residential property
- parking is allowed on an approved parking surface (asphalt, concrete, brick pavers, etc.) in the rear 40 feet of the lot
- A maximum of two vehicles per dwelling unit may be parked on an approved surface
- Recreational vehicles longer than 25 feet are prohibited
On commercial property
- a Class A Commercial Parking Lot license or a Class C Temporary Parking Lot License is required
- The lot must be paved, with conspicuously marked spaces, landscaping, fencing, bumper curbs and signs containing rates and contact information
- Litter, tall grass, and weeds must be controlled
- Alcohol is prohibited
Learn more about Tailgating at the U of M.
Parking ordinances will be enforced on game days
Citations will be given and cars may be towed. Violations will result in fines.
As a property owner, you are responsible for violations on your property. Please educate your tenants on these ordinances. You will be issued citations for any violations that take place on property you own.
If you get a violation letter for vehicles parked in your yard or on your property, you can appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustments (covered under Section 525.170 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances). All appeals must be filed within 10 calendar days of the notice.
If you have any questions, or to find out how to file an appeal, call 311
To report violations, please call 311. City staff will investigate the complaint and take appropriate action.
Last updated Aug 23, 2012