Frequently Asked Questions about Parking Exemptions
How do I qualify for an overnight parking exemption?
All garage space must be used for vehicle parking. If you have more vehicles than garage/driveway space, you may qualify for a permanent overnight exemption.
What if someone just moved back home, is living at the residence but the vehicle is still registered to another address?
Still list the vehicle as each exemption is considered on a case-by-case basis. By law, you have 30 days to register your new address on your vehicle registration, so that should be done as soon as possible.
What do we do if someone is home for College break?
Still list the vehicle as each exemption is considered on a case-by-case basis.
How many exemptions can I get?
Each residence is allowed 30 days per calendar year with the following exceptions:
- Easter, Friday-Monday
- Memorial Day weekend, Friday-Monday
- PrairieFest weekend, Friday-Monday of Father’s Day weekend
- July 1 – July 5
- Labor Day weekend, Friday-Monday
- Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesday-Monday
- December 22 – January 2
If we have a permanent exemption can we park any vehicle on the street overnight?
No, only the vehicle with the permanent exemption is allowed to be parked on the street overnight. If another vehicle needs to be on the street overnight, you may use one of your 30 annual overnight exemptions. If there is no exemption on the vehicle, the vehicle is subject to a citation.
How exactly does the permanent parking exemption process work?
Once we receive the permanent parking exemption application, it is reviewed by the Traffic Sergeant. A Traffic Officer will look at the garage space and overall driveway space to determine whether or not an exemption is warranted. Each permanent exemption is done on a case-by-case basis.
Are we allowed to park a vehicle across the sidewalk?
The only time you are allowed to park a vehicle across the sidewalk is between the hours of 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM (Oswego village ordinance 8-2-8: Obstructions). It is allowed during that time so vehicles do not have to be parked on the street from 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM. Otherwise, the sidewalks need to be clear for people who are walking, running, riding bicycles, pushing strollers, etc.
What is the time length needed for approval for a permanent exemption?
At least two to four weeks are needed to allow an officer time to evaluate the garage/driveway space and complete the application process.
If you move, get a new vehicle, or no longer need the permanent overnight exemption you must call the police department to let us know.
If you have any questions you may call us at 630-551-7300 or email Sergeant Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org