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Parking Information

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Reminder: There is a 24-hour time limit to park on any street in the City of St. Charles. This parking time limit supports the premise that City streets are for the movement of vehicles, not the storage of vehicles. If a vehicle is to be parked longer than 24 hours, it must be parked on the owner’s property.

Overnight Parking

The City of St. Charles does not ban parking on city streets overnight as many towns do, but there are restrictions on what vehicles may park overnight. The ordinance, 10.40.010 C, says it is unlawful to park any pickup camper with a cap that exceeds six inches above the cab roof, a van that exceeds its manufacturer's height, motor home, mobile home, trailer, boat trailer, tractor, bus, truck which has a gross carrying weight in excess of three-fourths ton, and any vehicle …. equipped with an attached snowplow, on any street, alley, or parkway between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

As a reminder, although vehicles may be parked overnight, the 24-hour parking time limit still applies to parked vehicles on any street in the City of St. Charles.

Parking Permits

The parking permits system is currently in hibernation. The ordinances are in place but we are doing nothing to enforce the system at this time. The First Street Redevelopment Project has put on hold the possible expansion to the next area.

Where/how do I pay a parking ticket?

There are many ways you may pay parking tickets.

  • The ticket is self-addressed and may be mailed to the City of St. Charles.
  • You may drop the ticket in the City Utility Drop Box located in the parking lot between the Fire Department and the Police Department.
  • You may pay the ticket in person at the Utility Billing office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

What happens if I do not pay my parking / ordinance ticket or wish to fight it?
The City of St. Charles has an adjudication process for local ordinance and parking offenses. The hearings are held on the third Thursday evening of the month at 7 PM in the Council Chambers at 2 East Main Street. St. Charles, IL. All unpaid tickets will be sent through this process . More information...

What are the restrictions when it snows?

When it snows 2 inches or more, the following ordinance applies:
10.40.060 Snow Routes

B. From November 1st of one year to April 30th of the next year, it shall be unlawful for any person to cause, allow or permit any vehicle to be parked on any of the streets designated in Subsection "A" of this section when an accumulation of snow is two inches or more, until such street has been cleaned.

When it snows more than 3 inches, the following ordinance applies:
10.40.070 Snow Conditions

A. It is unlawful for a period of seventy-two (72) hours or until such street, highway or City-owned, leased, or operated parking lot has been cleared of snow as determined by the Chief of Police following a fresh snowfall of three inches or more, to park any vehicle on any portion of any public street, highway, or City-owned, -leased, or –operated parking lot in spaces so designated and as identified in Exhibit PL-G.

B. Any vehicle parked in violation of the prohibition against parking contained in Subsection "A" of this section is a nuisance and a hazard to public safety, and any police officer of the city is authorized to remove or cause the removal of such vehicle to be stored on any city property or in a public garage or parking lot or other place of storage at the expense of the owner of said vehicle in accordance with Section 10.40.090.


updated Apr 25, 2024