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Disabled Parking in Portland: Pay-to-park rules took effect July 1, 2014

 

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:

permit examples
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



1)    I have a Wheelchair User Parking Placard

  • You can park without payment at parking spaces marked for 30 minutes or longer if you have a state-issued Wheelchair User Disabled Person Parking Permit.
  • You may also park at any of the 30 new parking spaces reserved for people with state-issued Wheelchair User permits. Most of these spaces will have right-side loading.
     

2)    I have a Disabled Person Parking Placard 

  • If you wish to park at a one to two hour meter, you must first pay for the metered time. However, you may park up to three hours at no extra charge. (Refer to the chart below for examples.)
  • On blocks with meters that allow over three hours of parking, you would pay for the amount of parking you need within the designated timeframe. (Refer to the chart below for examples.)

     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
  • If you are unable to operate the meters or wish to park for longer than three hours or the posted time limit, the City is offering a scratch-off card as an alternative payment option.  With a scratch-off card, you choose and pay for the time you need from these choices:  one, two, three, four or six hours or all day.  You then choose the day and time that you are parking and display the card on your dashboard. For more information on this option,  please contact disabled.parking@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5195 ext. 3.
  • You may also park at any of the 50 new parking spaces the City is establishing and reserving for people with Disabled Person Parking Placards. Meter rates apply.
     

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.  

  • Applications for residential permits are available here.
  • If you live in subsidized housing without parking within a neighborhood with meters, a free permit will be available that allows on-street parking without payment through June 30, 2015.  Fill out the application for a residential permit and provide proof of your residence, such as your rent award letter from Home Forward or HUD Form 50059.
  • If you live in a neighborhood with parking meters and existing parking garages do not meed your needs, you may be eligible for a permit that would allow you to park on the street.  You will be asked to provide proof of residence when you submit your application (for example, a credit card or utility bill that contains the applicant’s name and address).
  • Permit prices vary depending on district. They are $172 per month for Downtown, South Waterfront and Marquam Hill; $86 for Lloyd District and $53 for the Centrial Eastside District.  View maps of those districts here.
     
  • The permit will only be valid within a three-block radius of your residence. (Refer to the example below.)
     

three block lloyd

 

4. I work in a neighborhood with parking meters. 

  • Applications for employee permits are available here.
  • You may be eligible for a permit that allows you to park on the street. This permit is specifically for employment access for people who cannot reasonably use public transportation, are not provided parking by their employer, and for whom existing parking garages do not meet their needs. Employees are asked to provide proof of employment along with your application (for example, a pay stub or letter from the employer verifying employment).
  • Permit prices vary depending on district. They are $172 per month for Downtown, South Waterfront and Marquam Hill; $86 for the Lloyd District and $53 for the Centrial Eastside District.  View maps of those districts here.
  • The employee permit will only be valid within a three-block radius of your place of employment. (Refer to the example below.)
     

three block downtown

5) I would like another way of paying other than walking to and from the meter.

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 disabled.parking@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5195 ext. 3.

 

For additional information:

Please contact us at disabled.parking@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.5195 ext. 3.

To apply for a Disabled Person Parking Permit with the Oregon DMV, applicants must: 

  1. Have a valid Oregon Driver License or an Identification Card;
  2. Complete the Parking Permit for an Individual with a Disability application including a licensed physician’s signature; and
  3. Submit the completed application in person at a DMV office or by mail (depending upon the specific instructions listed on the Oregon DMV website for each type of permit) to:
     
    DMV Driver Issuance Unit
    1905 Lana Ave NE
    Salem, OR 97314

 

Additional resources:

December 2013 City Council passed a resolution adopting the new disabled parking policy. View the staff recommendation here.


Disabled Parking Rules Brochure

Click here to download a copy of the Disabled Parking Rules Brochure.

Permit Pricing Map

Click here to download a copy of the Permit Pricing Map.

ADA Permit Parking Application

Click here to download a copy of the ADA Permit Parking Application.

Disabled Parking Spaces Map

Click here to download a map highlighting the city's disabled parking spaces.

The Disabled Parking Task Force

Members, meeting notes, contacts and other information.

Disabled Parking Program Resolution

Click here to download a copy of the Disabled Parking Program Resolution.

SmartPark Garages

Refer to this website for more information about these City-owned downtown parking garages.