Parking Control

Downtown Parking

We strive to maintain a vibrant downtown with parking that is user friendly, especially for customers.

Parking Strategy

We work to maximize the use of all existing parking spaces for downtown customers, businesses, and residents. To accomplish this strategy parking restrictions encourage long-term parking on the fringes of downtown so that short-term parking may be available at the core of downtown.

Most of the long-term parking spaces (20 to 24 hours) are located on the fringe of downtown so that all employees working downtown and residents that live downtown would use these spaces. Most of the short-term parking spaces (2 to 4 hours) are located more towards the center of downtown so that they are convenient for the shoppers and customers of downtown business.

Downtown Short-Term Parking Enforcement

Short-term parking downtown is enforced Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Short-term parking is not enforced on weekends or holidays. Parking Ticket Information is listed to provide customers with information and assistance with the City of Owatonna Parking Control process.


Use the new Owatonna Winter Parking Map WebApp to see where to park for the winter parking restrictions in Owatonna that runs November 15 – March 31. The Winter Parking Map WebApp will show where parking is allowed and those areas that are exempt from the winter parking restriction.  Easily search an address to determine the odd and even side.   

Please review the initial screen when accessing the WebApp for pertinent information that explains how to interpret and understand the winter parking restriction. 

A green line indicates the side that is even.

A red line indicates the side that is odd.

A black line indicates this area is exempt from the winter parking ordinance due to restrictions.

A yellow line will appear during 12:01 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon) to indicate the side of the street you should park on if the area is not restricted. 

Access the Winter Parking Map WebApp here or scan the below code with your phone.