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Apply for a combined publication box

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) throught the Portland in the Streets program issues permits to place combined publication boxes in Portland's street space. Combined publication boxes display several publications (newspapers, magazines, etc.) in one location.

This process takes 2- 6 weeks to complete.

  1. Learn about requirements

    There are display requirements, maintenance, and insurance requirements for publication boxes on public sidewalks.

  2. Choose your locations

    Choose the location based on the requirements above that you would like to install combined publication boxes and count any individual publication boxes already within a 175 ft radius. Contact us by email, phone or come to our offices at: 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First floor Customer Service Center with your location and questions.

  3. Notify the owners of the existing individual publication boxes

    Let the owners of the existing individual pub boxes within the 175 ft radius know that there will be a change from individual boxes to a combined box. You will need to notify any adjacent property owners of locations you wish to place the combined publication boxes.

  4. Schedule a meeting with the publication box coordinator

    Our coordinator is here to help! Schedule a meeting to check locations by phone, by email or visit our offices at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor Customer Service Center.

  5. Pay permit fee

    Once we’ve received your payment, we will issue the permit, and you can install the new publication box.

  6. Maintain new publication box

    Maintain the new publication box as outlined in your agreement. Work with individual publication box contacts to ensure they remove their boxes from the area.

  7. Need help with the process or have any questions?

    Please contact us at:

  1. Learn about requirements

    There are display requirements, maintenance, and insurance requirements for publication boxes on public sidewalks.

  2. Choose your locations

    Choose the location based on the requirements above that you would like to install combined publication boxes and count any individual publication boxes already within a 175 ft radius. Contact us by email, phone or come to our offices at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First floor Customer Service Center with your location and questions.

  3. Notify the owners of the existing individual publication boxes

    Let the owners of the existing individual pub boxes within the 175 ft radius know that there will be a change from individual boxes to a combined box. You will need to notify any adjacent property owners of locations you wish to place the combined publication boxes.

  4. Schedule a meeting with the publication box coordinator

    Our coordinator is here to help! Schedule a meeting to check locations by phone, by email or visit our offices at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor Customer Service Center.

  5. Pay permit fee

    Once we’ve received your payment, we will issue the permit, and you can install the new publication box.

  6. Maintain new publication box

    Maintain the new publication box as outlined in your agreement. Work with individual publication box contacts to ensure they remove their boxes from the area.

  7. Need help with the process or have any questions?

    Please email, call or come visit us at 1120 SW Fifth Ave, First Floor Customer Service Center.