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Improving Access for All
The City of Portland strives to balance the needs of our diverse community by preserving accessible parking for persons with disabilities and creating better opportunities for short-term parking in the metered areas of Portland. To increase the accessibility of short-term parking, the City has adopted new policies for people using state-issued Disabled Person Parking Placards. The new Disabled Parking Program took effect July 1, 2014 in downtown and the three other districts with parking meters: Lloyd, Marquam Hill, and Central Eastside. The new program extends parking meter times for people holding Disabled Parking Placards and adds 105 reserved parking spaces for people holding these placards, including 32 specifically for wheelchair placard holders.
The Transportation Bureau assessed the effectiveness of the program in October, 2014 and found that it is working to improve availability of parking for all. The bureau will continue to monitor the program and make adjustments as needed.
Who is Affected
The new guidelines apply to both types of DMV Disabled Parking Placards: Disabled Person Parking Placards and Wheelchair User Placards. Wheelchair User Placards can be distinguished from Disabled Person Parking Placards by the large white “W” in the upper right-hand corner by the wheelchair insignia, the words “Wheelchair User” towards the bottom, and the light blue color of the placard. Here are examples, for reference:
To find out how the new rules affect you, click on one of the following links:
1) I have a Wheelchair User Placard
2) I have a Disabled Person Parking Placard
3) I live in a neighborhood with parking meters
4) I work in a neighborhood with parking meters
5) I would like another way of paying other than walking to and from the meter
|Meter Slot:||Pay up to:||Stay up to:|
|15 Minutes||Time Limit||15 Minutes|
|1 Hour||1 Hour||3 Hours|
|90 Minutes||90 Minutes||3 Hours|
|2 Hour||2 Hours||3 Hours|
|3 Hour||3 Hours||3 Hours|
|5 Hour||Actual Time Used||Actual Time Used|
|11 Hour||Actual Time Used||Actual Time Used|
3) I live in a neighborhood with parking meters.
You may be eligible for a separate on-street permit. To be eligible, permit holders must document the impracticality of public transit and unavailability of private parking.
If you are unable to operate the meters or wish an alternative to paying at the meter, the City is offering scratch-off cards. With a scratch-off card, you choose and pay for the time you need and simply display your scratch-off card on the dashboard. There is no need to walk to and from the meter.
How it works:
a) Tell us which district you wish to park in: Downtown, Central Eastside or Lloyd District since each district has different pricing.
b) Choose a scratch off card that meets your needs:
Each card can be used only once but you can purchase several at a time and use them as you need them.
c) When you’re ready to use a card, scratch off the correct date and beginning time of use and display it on your dashboard.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-5195 ext. 3.
For additional information:
Please contact us at email@example.com or 503.823.5195 ext. 3.
To apply for a Disabled Person Parking Permit with the Oregon DMV, applicants must:
December 2013 City Council passed a resolution adopting the new disabled parking policy. View the staff recommendation here.
Use this interactive map to find Wheelchair User Only and Disabled Person parking in Portland.
Click here to download a copy of the Disabled Parking Rules Brochure.
Click here to download a copy of the Permit Pricing Map.
Click here to download a copy of the ADA Permit Parking Application.
Click here to download a copy of the Disabled Parking Program Resolution.
Refer to this website for more information about these City-owned downtown parking garages.