Alternate Side Parking Restrictions In Effect in Oswego

As many of you have heard, the winter parking restrictions for the city of Oswego have changed for the 2012 – 2013 winter season.

On November 26, the Oswego Common Council voted unanimously to amend the winter parking restrictions that have been in place for many years.

The new ordinance states:

“The mayor, at his discretion, may impose an alternate side parking restriction commencing on or after December 1 and continuing through March 31. The mayor may, however, begin the alternate side parking restriction prior to December 1 at his discretion based on weather conditions. The mayor may also suspend or remove the alternate side parking restriction prior to March 31 at his discretion if weather conditions require or permit. During such time as the alternate side parking restriction is imposed, the parking of any vehicle on any city street or highway from 1 to 6 a.m. on an even numbered side of the street on an odd calendar day, or on an odd numbered side of the street on an even calendar day, shall be prohibited. This is in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other permanent parking restriction that may apply.”

Points to Remember:

On even calendar days, park on the even side of the street, and on odd calendar days, park on the odd side of the street.

Alternate Side Parking applies unless otherwise prohibited and where allowable;

Alternate Side Parking Does Not supersede other parking restrictions. You may have to find parking on other streets/side streets on days in which alternate side parking is permitted on a side of the street which is already “No Parking.”

If parking a vehicle for the night prior to midnight, be sure to park where parking is regularly permitted and on the correct side for the next day  (1 to 6 a.m.)

Be aware of instances where the last day of the month and the first day of the month are both odd-numbered days.

The purpose of this change is to offer options to those who otherwise have no alternate parking solution.

I understand that this will not provide a solution for every parking situation, but it will offer some relief to help us throughout the winter months, the mayor said.

“At this time, I am imposing the alternate side parking restrictions in the city of Oswego, effective at 1 a.m., Thursday December 27, 2012, and these restrictions will remain in effect until further notice,” he said. “I have also instructed the Oswego City Police Department to issue ‘Courtesy Notices’ for the first several nights that the parking restrictions are in effect, to further advise residents and visitors of the restriction change.”

Following this “grace period” any vehicle found to be in violation of this ordinance will be subject to a ticket ($50 fine) and towing ($75 fee).

“I strongly suggest using off-street parking options that may be available, to assist our DPW crews in clearing the roadways for our safety.  While alternate side parking is in effect, I highly recommend added attention to the manner in which vehicles are parked.  Any violations following the grace period will be strictly enforced,” the mayor added.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Mayor’s Office at 342-8136 or the Oswego Police Department at 342-8120.


  1. First Night…EPIC FAIL! “Well, it’s just a first Attempt” Granted. BUT should people who don’t know Odd/Even Numbers be even driving???? First Grade stuff here folks NOT Rocket Science!

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