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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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When is Parking Free?

Metered Parking

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. Electronic meters (SmartMeters) are programmed not to accept payment on holidays and will display a message on the screen letting you know that it's a holiday. While government offices observe holidays on the actual day of the holiday unless the holiday falls on a weekend, the City of Portland charges for parking on every day except the nine actual holidays, regardless of what day of the week they fall on, and parking enforcement officers work on every day except those nine actual holidays. This means that holidays falling on a Sunday no longer have free parking on Monday and holidays falling on a Saturday no longer have free parking on a Friday.

Since July 2009, Portland has been charging for on-street parking on Sundays from 1-7 p.m. This helps create more turnover in the area, something the business community has said its customers need. Parking is free at meters only on the nine actual holidays listed on each meter.  

Except in city parks, metered parking in the City of Portland is free on the following 2014 holidays:  

Holiday Description 2014 Meter Holiday
New Year's Day January 1 January 1, Wednesday
Martin Luther King Jr. Day third Monday in January January 20, Monday
President's Day third Monday in February February 17, Monday
Memorial Day last Monday in May May 26, Monday
Independence Day July 4 July 4, Friday
Labor Day first Monday in September September 1, Monday
Veteran's Day November 11 November 11, Tuesday
Thanksgiving Day fourth Thursday in November November 27, Thursday
Christmas Day December 25 December 25, Thursday