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Northwest Portland Parking


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I live in the Northwest District. What do I need to know? The Northwest Parking Plan was developed in part to help residents by limiting parking by commuters and visitors. As a resident or area business, you can apply for a new Zone M parking permit beginning February 2015.

The new permits will update the current Zone M boundaries, which are Burnside to Irving and NW 18th to Westover. The new boundaries, which take effect in March 2015, will stretch from Burnside north to NW Vaughn and from NW 16th west to NW 25th (see map).


When do I need to pay to park? Metered parking runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Outside those hours, including all day on Sundays, anyone can park in any metered or permit-only space for free.


Why are there different types of meters (four hours, two hours, etc.)? The new parking plan has three different “time stays”: four hours, two hours and 30 minutes.

Four hours is the base time stay because it allows time for people to visit several businesses, eat a meal, see a movie, etc. On NW 21st and NW 23rd, about 80 percent of the meters will be for four hours.

Two-hour time stays are mixed in because they increase turnover in busy areas — so more people can find available parking.

Residentially zoned streets will have one 30-minute short-term space at one corner of each block face. These are to make it easier for loading and unloading vehicles, and other short-term uses.


Where will the new meters be placed? For full details on the new pay stations, view the Northwest District Parking Management Plan (PDF, 12.8 MB).

In general:

  • Metered parking will be installed along NW 21st and NW 23rd, from Burnside to NW Vaughn. About 80 percent of those metered spaces will be for four hours, with the rest for up to two hours.
  • Metered parking on other streets will offer four-hour stays. The four-hour meters, including those on NW 21st and NW 23rd, may be re-plugged. Residential streets will also have a 30-minute short-term space on each block face.
  • Non-metered, permit-only parking spaces will be limited to four-hour stays for visitors. Those with Zone M permits can park in these spots all day.

What are the boundaries of the Northwest District? The Northwest District is the neighborhood situated north of West Burnside Street and west of I-405. For details, view the map.


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photo: street parkingWhere is the new permit district?
The Zone M permit area will stretch from Burnside north to NW Vaughn and from NW 16th west to NW 25th. You can view the new permit zone in this map. The current Permit Zone K will not change.

 

When can I apply for a parking permit?
Residents and businesses in the Northwest District can apply for a new parking permit beginning February 2015. The new permits will be needed beginning March 2015.

 

Who can park in permit-only spaces?
If you have a Zone M permit, you can park in permit-only spaces (and most metered spaces; see next question) all day. If you are a visitor, you can park in these spaces for free for four hours during regular hours (9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday), and for any length of time outside regular hours.

 


What are the benefits of owning a parking permit? Permits allow you to park all day in designated locations, without having to pay the parking meter. Designated locations include permit-only parking spaces, as well as most metered spaces.

Exceptions: Permits cannot be used on NW 21st and NW 23rd. All users must pay the meters on those busy streets. Permits also cannot be used for 30-minute spaces because those are intended for vehicle unloading and similar short-term uses.


How many permits will my business be able to get?
The number of permits issued to each business is calculated based on payroll information (a payroll record or list of employees) that businesses must submit with their applications.


How much will the new permits cost?
The new parking permits cost $60 each for a full year, from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. In early 2015, the permits will be pro-rated, with applications being accepted beginning February 2015.


How many guest permits can I get?
A maximum of one guest permit is allowed for each address. You can also purchase single-day scratch-off permits, which cost $10 for each book of 10 permits. 


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What is the Northwest Parking Plan? The Northwest Parking Plan is a plan designed to address parking issues in the neighborhood situated north of West Burnside Street and west of I-405. The plan is the result of several years of collaboration among city staff, residents and businesses.

The ultimate goal of the plan is to support the continued livability and business vitality of the Northwest District.


Why do we need a parking plan? The new parking plan is being implemented for several reasons, including the simple fact that more people want to park in the Northwest District than there are parking spaces available.

The city worked with area residents and businesses over several years to develop a plan that would help address the area’s parking limitations and confusing mix of parking rules, while also maintaining the area’s livability and business vitality.

For further details on the issues that led to development of the new parking plan, view the Northwest District Parking Management Plan (PDF, 12.8 MB).


Who created the plan? The Northwest Parking Plan was developed in a multi-year process that involved collaboration among city staff, residents and businesses from the Northwest District.


When will the parking plan be implemented? As described in more detail on the Timeline and Map page, the new parking plan is being implemented beginning in fall 2014, with completion anticipated in the summer 2015.

The expanded permit area will be in effect March 2015, and metered parking will begin by May 2015.


What is “proactive parking management”? Traditionally, parking rules (meters, permit areas, etc.) remain unchanged for years, with little or no oversight. The Northwest Parking Plan is different.

The new plan will be under constant review, with modifications made as the district’s needs change. Ongoing collaboration between the city and the community (including the Stakeholder Advisory Committee) will help ensure that the new plan works well for many years to come.