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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Driveway Clearance


The following are general guidelines for how to establish a driveway clearance. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact Parking Control at (503) 823-5185.

You may paint your own driveway clearance within the following limitations:

  1. You may paint only the “throat” of the driveway; the throat includes the “wings”. When the City has a curb where the driveway meets the street, the wings are the sides of the driveway where it slopes down from the top of the curb to the street level. The throat of the driveway is the full length of the driveway where it meets the street, and the throat includes the wings. For further information about driveway wings and throat, please click here.
  2. You must use "TRAFFIC LINE YELLOW" paint which may be purchased through traffic supply companies. The City cannot recommend a paint store.
  3. Generally, the width of the paint along the entire throat of the driveway where it meets the street may be painted up to the width of the curb. However, curb widths can vary, and in no event may the paint exceed 8 inches, wide as measured from and starting at the curb face.
  4. You may not paint a driveway clearance if the driveway is located at or within a prohibited parking area such as "No Parking At Any Time," "No Parking In This Block," "Truck Loading Zone All Days, All Hours," etc.
  5. You may not paint a driveway clearance at a curb cut (driveway) which does not meet the definition of a driveway (see definition here: City Code Title 16, §16.90.105).

Instead of painting a driveway yourself, you may instead pay for the Portland Bureau of Transportation to paint a driveway clearance for you (please see Sample driveway clearance drawing). When painted by a PBOT work crew, the driveway clearance may extend up to three feet beyond the throat of the driveway, thereby gaining a bit more turning room for cars entering and existing the driveway. PBOT will individually evaluate each request. The following fees are charged for this service (for FY 2016-17):

Service Cost  Notes
Painting $360  
(Upon request)
Necessary Signs
(Staff determined)
$75 Each.  Generally used in unimproved right-of-way.

To request a special driveway clearance:

To request PBOT to paint a driveway clearance you will need to begin by contacting the Parking Control Section via e-mail at Or, you may phone us at (503) 823-5185 or write a letter to:

PBOT Parking Control
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204-1969

Be sure to include the following information:

  • name,
  • address,
  • daytime phone number,
  • e-mail,
  • the width of the driveway,
  • the problems you’re experiencing that prompt the request,
  • whether it is a shared or single-owner driveway,
  • whether you as the requestor own or rent the property, and if renting who owns the property served by the driveway (please note that only property owners may obtain a driveway clearance from PBOT)

Once staff receive your request it will be included in the queue of parking work and assigned to an Engineering Technician. Responsiveness depends upon work load, but typically the Engineering Technician will be able contact you within a couple weeks and determine the appropriate action and fees.

Please also note that driveway clearance requests are accepted throughout the year, but actual paintings will normally occur only during the months of May through October because of prevailing (i.e., wet and cold) weather conditions.

Engineering Technicians responsible for parking have been assigned to different geographical regions of the City. Click here to see their district assignments.

Should you need more information than we were able to provide here, or have any other parking-related questions, please contact the Bureau of Transportation, Parking Control Section, at (503) 823-5185.

You are strongly advised to refrain from illegally painting either your driveway or City streets. Illegal driveway and street paintings are a public nuisance per City code and will result in either:

  1. Removal by the City at the adjacent property owner's expense; or
  2. Referral to the City Code Hearings Officer, who is empowered to initiate legal action and can levy fines up to $500 a day for code violations.