Wausau Wisconsin

Parking

September 26, 2017

I’m confused by the overnight parking restrictions. Please help!

Street parking (except in the downtown) is allowed on an odd/even side basis during the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. On the odd-numbered calendar days, vehicles must be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street. On the even-numbered calendar days, vehicles must be parked on the even-numbered side of the street. Keep in mind that the odd/even requirement pertains to the time period of 2:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. If you park your vehicle on the street in the evening intending that it will be parked overnight, make sure it is on the appropriate odd/even-numbered side of the street for the time period 2:30 to 6:00 a.m.
 
Odd/even parking is not allowed on those streets where “No Parking” restrictions are in effect, where there are other restrictions which would not allow the odd/even parking, in the downtown area, or if a snow emergency has been declared.
 
Further information is available PDF.
 
What are my parking options in the downtown area?
There are approximately 3,500 public parking spaces in the downtown, including metered parking, unmetered parking, parking lots and parking ramps. The City of Wausau has a unique, inviting downtown. Take the time to explore it and support our local merchants. Park on one end of the downtown and take a leisurely stroll to the other end and enjoy everything in between!
 
3rd Street from Washington Street to Grant Street has one-hour free parking. Two-hour free parking is provided on the streets in the area bounded by 1st Street, 5th Street, Washington Street and Grant Street (except for 3rd Street and the 100 block of Grant Street). Parking is enforced 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
 
The City also has a number of conveniently located parking ramps and lots. Rates and hours vary by location.
 
I work or live downtown. Where can I purchase a permit to park in a City ramp or lot?
Permits are available from the Clerk/Customer Service Office in City Hall, 407 Grant Street, phone 715-261-6620. Monthly rates vary by location.
 
Who do I contact if an abandoned vehicle is parked on my street, or if there is another parking problem on my residential street?
Call the Police Department at 715-261-7800.
 
I think my neighborhood would benefit by having parking restrictions. Who should I contact?
The Parking and Traffic Committee, a standing committee of the Common Council, would consider requests for establishment of parking restrictions. Lieutenant Nathan Pekarske with the Wausau Police Department, phone 715-261-7803, should be contacted about the possibility of placing such a request on a meeting agenda.
 
Are parking permits available for contractors who do work on buildings in the downtown?
Contractor parking on streets in the downtown is very limited, and depending on the location, may not be available at all. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. The primary factor is whether the vehicle is absolutely needed throughout the day for access to equipment, tools, supplies, etc. Permits are available from the Engineering Department (3rd floor of City Hall). The current rate is $3.00 per day. Additional information is available PDF.
 
What are the height restrictions in the City-owned parking ramps?
McClellan Street Ramp – 6’8” (entrances on 1st and 2nd Street)
Jefferson Street Ramp – 7’6” (1st Street entrance); 8’0” (2nd Street entrance)
Penneys Ramp – 7’10” (entrances on 1st Street and Washington Street)
Sears Ramp – 7’10” (entrances on 5th Street and Forest Street)
 
Do persons with handicap tags/license plates have to pay a fee when parking in the ramps adjacent to the Wausau Center mall?
Yes, they are subject to the same fees as other customers. The parking ramps do not have time limitations and are staffed by parking attendants.
 
Can residents park vehicles in their yards?
Typically, vehicles must be parked on paved areas (driveways), however, the Inspections Department should be called at 715-261-6780 for specific information and regulations. Section 23.12.130 of the Wausau Municipal Code addresses parking in yards.