Can I park on my own lawn?
No. All parking must be on an approved parking surface as defined by City of Eau Claire ordinance 16.36.080 Grass is not an approved surface.
Does a crosswalk have to be marked?
No. Crosswalks can be marked or unmarked per WI State Statute 340.01(10).
How am I supposed to know all the parking regulations?
It is the responsibility of every motor vehicle operator to know and understand all laws and ordinances that pertain to parking. This is a responsibility that a driver assumes when receiving a driver’s license. Lack of knowledge does not exempt anyone from a citation.
I am not from Eau Claire; how am I supposed to know the parking regulations?
Most parking regulations for the City of Eau Claire are adopted from Wisconsin State Statute and are therefore the same across the State of Wisconsin. You can access the parking regulations for the City of Eau Claire 24 hours per day on this website.
I have parked here before and didn’t receive a ticket; why did I receive a ticket now?
Although the Eau Claire Police Department attempts to enforce all parking violations, it is not possible for all areas of the City of Eau Claire to be monitored at all times due to staffing levels and call volume. Certain areas of the City are monitored more closely due to parking volume, increased traffic and citizen complaints. Simply because you have not received a ticket before does not mean you are not in violation.
I parked on the street prior to temporary “no parking” signs being placed for a special event. How can I be responsible for the ticket and/or tow bill that I received?
The city of Eau Claire posts temporary “no parking” signs 24 hours in advance of each special event according to state law. Any vehicles that are parked in that area after the 24 hour notice are subject to ticket and tow. It should also be noted that any parking of a vehicle on public roads cannot exceed 24 hours at any time.
I sold my vehicle and did not remove the license plates, now I am receiving notice of parking tickets for that vehicle. What can I do?
In Wisconsin the seller of a vehicle is responsible for removing the vehicle’s license plates before selling the vehicle to another individual. You are responsible for contacting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to clear up this matter. The Eau Claire Police Department does not have the ability to remedy issues involving vehicle title and registration.
What are the legal parking distances from crosswalks, driveways, fire hydrants, and other vehicles?
State Statute requires all vehicles park no closer than 15 feet from a crosswalk, 4 feet from a driveway unless otherwise indicated by a sign, 10 feet from a fire hydrant unless otherwise indicated by a sign, or 2 feet from the front or back of other vehicles. In the third ward/university parking district City Ordinance requires all vehicles to park no closer than 20 feet from a fire hydrant or 8 feet of an entrance to a private road or driveway.
When is a posted private parking lot enforced?
The property owner or designee of a privately posted parking lot may contact a towing service directly to have an illegally parked vehicle removed.
Why did my vehicle receive a parking ticket but the vehicle behind or in front of mine did not?
Our officers issue citations through certain areas at different times of the night. The vehicles around yours may not have been parked there when the officer came through.
Why did my vehicle receive a ticket when others did not?
There are a variety of reasons why this may have occurred. Officers may begin issuing parking tickets in an area and then get called away before being able to ticket other vehicles in violation in that area, the owner of another vehicle may have already removed the ticket or the owner may have parked the vehicle after the area was ticketed.
Why isn’t the curb painted yellow if it is a “No Parking” area?
There is no legal requirement for the painting of curbs. The time and cost of painting every “No Parking” area in the City of Eau Claire is not feasible. The select curbs that are painted are done so to provide an additional visible reminder in higher traffic areas as a courtesy to citizens. Drivers are responsible for knowing and obeying the required distances from statutorily defined areas and objects.