On-Street Parking Guide

This guide will help you understand how parking works in Portland, including: locations of meter districts, common signage, hourly rates, how to pay for parking, and what happens if you get a parking citation.

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Who manages on-street parking?

Most parking on public streets is managed and maintained by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). We're always here to answer any questions you have about our city streets. Send an email to PBOTParkingControl@portlandoregon.gov or give us a call at 503-823-5158.


Where can you park?

If you're coming Downtown (or near Downtown) you'll likely find yourself in one of the five meter districts. There are over 20,000 on-street parking stalls, along with five SmartPark garages available to the public. Parking on-street is regulated, so you need to check the signs where you park to make sure you are following the parking rules for that space. Almost everywhere (with some exceptions in the Central Eastside) you will need to pay to park. There are also a number of privately owned parking lots and garages that are not affiliated with the City. 

Map of On-Street Parking (desktop)  Map of On-Street Parking (mobile)  Map of SmartPark Garages


Where can you NOT park?

  • Don't park anywhere with a No Parking sign.
  • Don't anywhere with yellow curb painting. No part of your vehicle should be in the yellow part.
  • Don't park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
  • Don't park blocking a driveway. No part of your vehicle should block any part of the driveway.
  • Unless you are a commercial vehicle in the process of loading/unloading, do not park at a Truck Loading Zone.
  • Don't park in the travel lane (no double parking).
  • Don't park in a bike lane.
  • Don't park outside marked lines
  • Don't park in a crosswalk. No part of your vehicle should be in the crosswalk.
  • Don't park blocking an ADA curb ramp. No part of your vehicle should block any part of a curb ramp.

This is not an exhaustive list. Always check the signs where you park!


How much does parking cost?

Downtown District - Includes the Central Business District, South Waterfront and the Pearl District -  $2.00 per hour (view map).

Event Meter District - Next to Providence Park currently in effect on Portland Timbers home game days - $3.50 per hour beginning 3 hours and after event start (view event district map)

Lloyd District - Roughly bounded by the Willamette River, N/NE Broadway, NE 16th and the I-84 freeway. The district includes the Oregon Convention Center, Lloyd Center, Rose Garden Arena, Memorial Coliseum and Lloyd Business District - $1 per hour (view map).

Marquam Hill District - Located on top of Portland’s Marquam Hill, home to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Shriners Hospital for Children, the Portland VA Medical Center and other healthcare organizations - $1.60 per hour (view map)

Central Eastside District - Located on MLK Blvd. and Grand Ave. and the streets in between MLK and Grand from I-84 freeway to Clay Street - $1.20 per hour (view map)

Northwest District - Bounded generally by NW Vaughn (on the north), W. Burnside (on the south), NW Cornell and Westover Roads (on the west) and I-405 (on the east) - $1.60 per hour (view map)


How do you pay for parking?

With Mobile Pay

The most convenient way to pay for parking is through Parking Kitty, the City-owned mobile pay app. Park, pay, be on your way.

Download Parking Kitty (Android)  Download Parking Kitty (iOS)  Use Parking Kitty Web Version

Check out our Parking Kitty video below, it's pawsitively awesome. 

Parking Kitty FAQs can be found here. A map of Parking Kitty zones can be found here. 

Parking Kitty is available at Portland State University (click here for more) and Washington Park (click here for more). 

At the Paystation

If you would rather pay at the paystation, the City is currently converting all of its pay-and-display meters to pay-by-plate meters. You will be asked to enter your license plate information at the paystation, and all information is stored digitally, meaning no paper receipt to put back in your car. You can look up your receipt here if you need. 

Watch the video below to learn how to use a pay-by-plate paystation. Click here to see a map of current pay-by-plate locations. 

Fun fact - converting to pay-by-plate meters will save 700 MILES of receipt paper annually. 

Pay by Plate FAQs can be found here. 

Report a broken paystation


When is parking free?

In all districts parking is free at meters on the following nine (9) holidays, as specified on each meter: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Parking paystations are programmed not to accept payment on holidays and will display a message on the screen letting you know that it's a holiday.


How long can you park?

In meter districts

In the meter districts you will see signs like this. The number on the sign is the time limit, which tells you how long you can park there before you must move your car to another blockface. You have to pay for parking in these areas and you cannot feed the meter

Examples of signs found in meter districts. Includes older version with the "hand coin" and the newer version with the parking kitty logo.

Outside of a meter district:

Outside of the meter district or in parts of the Central Eastside you will see signs like this. The number on the sign is the time limit, which tells you how long you can park there before you must move your car to another blockface. You do not have to pay for parking in these areas. 

Examples of timestay signs in non-metered areas. The number indicates how long you can park before you must move your car to another blockface.

In an Area Parking Permit zone:

If you find yourself in one of the Area Parking Permit Zones you will see signs like this. Signs are slightly different in each zone, but each one will give the timestay limit (usually in the top corner) and the hours of enforcement. Unless you have a residential, visitor, or business permit for that zone you must move your car out of the zone by the end of the posted timestay. 

Area parking permit signs example. Signs will says parking excited by permit with a visitor time limit and hours of enforcement. Sign varies by zone.

How do truck loading zones work?

Why does Portland have truck loading zones? These zones are only for commercial vehicles with signage to use for loading and unloading purposes only. Commercial vehicles are limited to 30 minutes. Each location is designed to meet the needs of the surrounding businesses.

What information is on the signs? Each sign will list the hours that is truck loading only. Sometimes this is a few hours, sometimes all day, sometimes it's a few days of the week, sometimes it's every day. PBOT has redesigned our signs (the new green signs) and will be replacing the older, red signs as needed.

What if you are a customer wanting to park here? If you park outside of the truck loading hours, you will be fine. If you park overnight in a truck loading stall, make sure you move your vehicle before the truck loading hours activate in the morning.

What are the parking regulations outside of the truck loading only hours? Outside of the posted hours, the stall will revert back to match the rest of the block (unless there is other signage posted). If you are in a meter district,you need to pay for parking,and you can only stay as long as the posted time limit (see section above). If the truck loading hours end after meter enforcement ends, parking is free (if you try to pay at a paystation or on mobile pay, it wont let you). 

Examples of truck loading signs.

Parking for people with disabilities

There are a number of disability parking stalls throughout the City, both in meter districts and other areas. This stalls are signed, and only vehicle with valid Disability Placards can park there. Please note that some stalls are signed for Wheelchair Users Only. You must have a valid Disability Wheelchair User Placard to park here. 

Disability Parking Map (desktop)  Disability Parking Map (mobile)

The rules of how long you can park and how much you have to pay vary by location and disability parking stall type. 

If you have a Disability Parking Placard - you can park at a 2 Hour meter, pay for 2 hours, and stay for 3 hours. At any meter that's more than 2 hours, you can only stay for the length that you pay for. Outside of the meter districts, you can park for up to 24 hours before you need to move your car.

Get the Parking Kitty app to make paying easier!

If you have a Disability Wheelchair User Parking Placard - you can park at any metered location without having to pay, and can stay for up to 24 hours. Outside of the meter districts, you can park for up to 24 hours before you need to move your car.

Click here to learn more about disability parking in Portland. 


Motorcycle and Scooter Parking

Portland has a number of dedicated on-street and SmartPark motorcycle/scooter parking locations. Please see the map below for more information. 

Motocycle/Scooter map

Make sure you do not get a parking citation by doing one of the following:

  • Pay with Parking Kitty, Portland's mobile pay app
  • Pay at a pay-by-plate meter, these are being installed through out the City
  • At a pay-and-display meter, attach the meter receipt near the handlebars. We recommend taking a cell phone picture of your parking receipt on the motorcycle or scooter as proof of payment if you fear it will get stolen or lost. The picture of the receipt on the vehicle can serve as proof of payment.

In the event that a customer receives a parking citation, proof of payment can be validated by contacting paystation customer service at 503-278-5410 within 3 business days. Upon validation, the parking citation for non-payment of the meter will be cancelled immediately.


You got a parking citation

What did you get cited for?

Here is a list of the most common violations. If your violation is not on this list, feel free to call the Parking Enforcement main line at 503-823-5195 to get more information.

ViolationDetailsAmount
Overtime meterWhen parked at a meter you must pay for the amount of time you plan to park there. If you stay beyond the amount of prepaid time you may be subject to a citation. With the Parking Kitty mobile app you can easily check your remaining time right on your phone. Learn more about Meter Enforcement.$44 - $70
No meter receiptWhen you parking in a metered space you must pay for parking. If you do not have a meter receipt displayed, or have not paid via the mobile app or the pay-by-plate machine, you may be subject to a citation. $65
Failure to display current registrationVehicles parked on the public right-of-way must have current registration or current permit.  Contact Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services for registration renewal.$70 - $140
Truck Loading zoneTruck loading zones were created to help local businesses with the loading and unloading of goods. During the posted time of the loading zone, only box trucks, pick-up trucks, or a vehicle registered with the DMV as a van. These vehicles must have company signage displayed on both sides, and may only park in the loading zone for 30 minutes while actively loading and unloading. $95
Improper display of parking meter receiptTo ensure the safety of Parking Enforcement Officers, meter receipts must be properly displayed on your vehicle (see your meter receipt for proper display instructions). Officers will not enter the traffic lane to verify if you have a parking receipt. If you are parking in multiple locations within a meter district, please check to make sure that your meter receipt is in the correct location before leaving your vehicle.$44
No front or rear plateVehicle does not have the state supplied front and rear plates mounted.$85
Area permit requiredArea Parking Permit Zones were designed to prevent commuters from parking in residential areas, and every vehicle must have a permit or adhere to the posted visitor limits. If your vehicle is parked without a permit for longer than the posted visitor limits you may be subject to citation.$85
No parking anytimeYou are not allowed to park anywhere with yellow curb markings or where parking signs say "no parking". $85
Blocked drivewayYou cannot block a paved or unpaved driveway including the curb returns or wings, even if the driveway has gates, chains, posts, or other barriers.$95
Prohibited timeCertain commercial corridors have times of the day where parking is prohibited, and the parking lane is converted to a travel lane to help with traffic. These are often called "pro time" areas. If you are parked during a prohibited time you may be subject to citation and tow. $95
Meter feedingAt any short-term meter (4 hours or less) you can only park for the maximum time on the posted time limit. If you purchase additional meter receipts above and beyond the the maximum stay allowed, this is meter feeding and you may be subject to a citation. Meter feeding is only allowed at long-term meters (5 hours or more). To avoid a citation, you must move your vehicle to a different blockface and pay for more parking time there. $44
Abandoned autoOn-street parking is intended for the short-term parking of vehicles, and long-term storage of personal property is not allowed. Any type of vehicle abandoned and/or stored on the public right-of-way in excess of 24 hours will be subject to CITATION and TOW AWAY.  This includes boats, campers, trailers, etc.$285
Fire hydrantYou cannot park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant in any location.  The fire hydrant does not have to be posted by signs or a yellow curb.$155
Wrong wayYou must park in the direction of traffic at parallel and angle spaces. Motorcycles may angle park in a parallel space.$55
Reserved zoneOn-street parking can be reserved for a variety of reasons, and during the reserved time only authorized vehicles are allowed to park there. Reserved parking spaces will be clearly marked with specific dates, days, and/or times. Parking in a reserved space may be subject to citation and tow.$85
Disabled/wheelchair zoneOnly vehicles with a DMV authorized disability plate/placard may use disability zones, whether on a public street or in parking lot open to the public.$165
Handicapped RampYou cannot park your vehicle parked in front of a ADA access ramp. The City is currently installed ADA ramps across the City, please ensure that you are not blocking an ADA ramp while you park or you may be subject to citation. $215

You understand why you got that citation and do not wish to contest it

It happens to the best of us. You must do one of the following within 30 days of the date on the citation, or the citation will be delinquent.  If the citation becomes delinquent, the court may double the citation amount, issue a warrant for impoundment (tow) of the vehicle, enter a judgment, and impose a fine up to the maximum amount allowed by law and assign the citation to the Department of Revenue for collection. 

  • Option 1: PAY YOUR  CITATION Insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the  citation amount. Make your check or money order payable to State of Oregon. Write your  citation number and auto license plate number on the check or money order. You may pay the  citation in full with Visa or Mastercard by calling 503-988-3235, listen to the message and press the number 2 on your phone. Do not mail cash.

Pay your citation online

  • Option 2: SEND THE BAIL AND A WRITTEN EXPLANATION Insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the  citation amount along with a separate written explanation as to why you are contesting the citation.  Your written explanation is a waiver of your right to a court hearing and consent to any judgment rendered.  The court will consider your written explanation and either refund your money or forfeit all or part of it.  For more information on contesting your citation, please visit the court's web page Click here for the Circuit Court web page.
  • Option 3: SCHEDULE A COURT HEARING There are 2 different ways to schedule a court hearing. First option is to insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the citation amount along with a separate written request for a hearing. The second option is to  appear in person at the Circuit Court Parking Tag Office, Room 131B, Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Portland,  Oregon to request a hearing and to pay the citation.

You wish to contest your citation

First thing to do is check your citation photos. You will need your citation number (near the top, starts with HA), the citation date, and your license plate. You can view your citation photos here, but it can take up to 3 days for the photos to appear. 

After viewing the photos you must do one of the following within 30 days of the date on the citation, or the citation will be delinquent.  If the citation becomes delinquent, the court may double the citation amount, issue a warrant for impoundment (tow) of the vehicle, enter a judgment, and impose a fine up to the maximum amount allowed by law and assign the citation to the Department of Revenue for collection. 

  • Option 1: PAY YOUR  CITATION Insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the  citation amount. Make your check or money order payable to State of Oregon. Write your  citation number and auto license plate number on the check or money order. You may pay the  citation in full with Visa or Mastercard by calling 503-988-3235, listen to the message and press the number 2 on your phone. Do not mail cash.

Pay your citation online

  • Option 2: SEND THE BAIL AND A WRITTEN EXPLANATION Insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the  citation amount along with a separate written explanation as to why you are contesting the citation.  Your written explanation is a waiver of your right to a court hearing and consent to any judgment rendered.  The court will consider your written explanation and either refund your money or forfeit all or part of it.  For more information on contesting your citation, please visit the court's web page Click here for the Circuit Court web page.
  • Option 3: SCHEDULE A COURT HEARING There are 2 different ways to schedule a court hearing. First option is to insert in the yellow citation envelope a check or money order for the citation amount along with a separate written request for a hearing. The second option is to  appear in person at the Circuit Court Parking Tag Office, Room 131B, Multnomah County Courthouse, 1021 S.W. Fourth Avenue, Portland,  Oregon to request a hearing and to pay the citation.

You got towed

Towing on public property typically happens because a vehicle received a citation that resulted in a tow (think, parking in front of a driveway or fire hydrant; parking in a time limit for much passed the posted limit; other reasons). First thing you should do is contact Parking Enforcement at 503-823-5195 where a staff member can tell you what your vehicle was cited for, and where the vehicle is being stored. If Parking Enforcement does not have a record of your vehicle, it may have been towed by the Police, you can contact the Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044 for more information. 

Please click here for more information about towing and private property impounds, including information on City Code, Impound Rates, and Complaints & Appeals. 

You got booted

The Multnomah County Court generates a “tow list” of vehicles with orders to tow issued by the court. Vehicles that have unpaid parking citations and fees totaling more than $500 and/or six delinquent citations are put on the tow list by the Multnomah County Court. The list is sent to PBOT Parking Enforcement and if they come across a vehicle that is on the list, PBOT contacts the contracted tow company and the vehicle is booted for 36 hours before it is towed. If you find that your vehicle has been booted, the first thing you should do is contact the Multnomah County Courthouse at 503-988-3235. Multnomah County Courthouse staff will work with you to coordinate payment for your parking citations, which will then result in removal of the boot. 


There is an abandoned vehicle or derelict RV on your street

The task of the Abandoned Autos team is to respond to reports of vehicles being illegally stored on the public streets. When a vehicle is found in violation, a tow warning notice is placed on it, so that the vehicle owner has the opportunity to correct the violation. Our goal is to achieve voluntary compliance, but vehicles remaining in violation after being warned can be towed and impounded by City order.

An abandoned vehicle is defined by City Code (section 16.90.005 ) as one that is:

  • illegally stored, in excess of 24 hours, on the street AND
  • does not display valid license plates OR appears inoperative, disabled, wrecked, or dismantled.

We also put tow warnings on trucks, buses, trailers and RVs, which are prohibited from parking on the street except for the purpose of loading or unloading for a limited time (16.20.120).

Report an Abandoned Auto

You will need:

  1. Location of the vehicle
  2. Make, color & style
  3. License number (is any)

Report Online  Report by Phone: 503-823-7309  Report by Fax: 503-823-6138

Abandoned Auto Office Line

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Phone: 503-823-6814