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In response to the growing problem of parking congestion, Carlton Cole Magee invented the first parking meter in 1932. Since that time parking meters have evolved from the original all mechanical meters to the state-of-the-art solar-powered meters we use today. Parking meters assist businesses by limiting the time a motorist can park in a spot, thus creating turnover and available parking for customers.
Presently, Portland is using two types of meters - the Single-Space and the SmartMeter (paystation) to monitor approximately 9,700 spaces. Single-space meters accept nickels, dimes, and quarters. SmartMeters accept nickels, dimes, quarters, the small dollar coin, and credit/debit cards as payment.
If a SmartMeter is broken you must still provide proof of payment, so purchase a receipt from the nearest machine. If a single-space meter is broken, you may park your vehicle for the time limit of that meter; after that you must move your vehicle from the block face.
To report broken meters call 503-278-5410.
How to use a SmartMeter pay station
Read descriptions of common issues related to parking in Portland's meter districts that may lead to citations.
New meter rates approved by City Council last December are going into effect on February 1st, 2016.
Parking meter rates, days, hours of operation in Portland's parking meter districts: Downtown, Lloyd, Marquam Hill and Central Eastside.
Please call 503-278-5410 and provide a description of the broken parking meter or broken electronic paystation and your location.
Link to information about applying for temporary parking permits in Portland's metered parking districts.
All metered parking in the City of Portland is free on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.