Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

More Contact Info

Common Parking Violations

Below is a list of 20 common parking violations in Portland. Source:  Municipal Code, City of Portland, Title 16: Vehicles and Traffic

Questions?  Call 503-823-5195 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday). Vehicles parking in violation of the following regulations are subject to citation and/or tow:

Note:  In the list below, not all circumstances are described for every specific violation. Anyone parking in Portland needs to comply with the following rules and any other special parking regulations.   

Bicycle Lane

Do not park on these reserved use areas.  Click here for more information on bicycle lanes.

Blocking Driveway

Do not block a paved or unpaved driveway including the curb returns or wings, even if the driveway has gates, chains, posts, or other barriers.

Blocking Visibility

Vehicles cannot park within 50 feet of an intersection if they fit the following descriptions: (Note:  This restriction does not apply to the area of the street where the direction of traffic is leaving an intersection on a one-way street.)

  • The vehicle or a view-obstructing attachment to your vehicle is more than 6 feet in height.
  • The vehicle design, modification, or load obscures the visibility or view of:
    a.  Approaching traffic
    b.  Any traffic control sign
    c.  Any traffic control signal
    d.  Any pedestrian in a crosswalk; or
  • The vehicle has the window area obscured due to shaded, curtained or blocked by a load of packages, freight, or parcels.

Crosswalk & Handicapped Access Ramp

Do not park in a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, or in front of a handicapped access ramp.


Disabled Parking Zones

ONLY vehicles with a DMV authorized disable plate/placard may use disabled zones, whether on a public street or in parking lot open to the public.  Click here for more information about Disabled Parking Permits.

Distance from Curb

Park both front and rear "curbside" tires within 1 foot from the curb or the curb line.


Divided Highway

Do not park in the area between the roadways of a divided highway whether marked or unmarked.

Double Parking

Do not stop or park next to another parked vehicle.


Expired Registration

Vehicles parked on the public right-of-way must have current registration or current permit.  Contact Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services for registration renewal.


Fire Hydrant

Do not park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant in any location.  It does not have to be posted by signs or a yellow curb.


Fog Line

Do not park on or over the fog or edge line which designates the outside edge of the roadway.


For Sale on Public Street

Vehicles parked for the principal purpose of displaying "For Sale" signs must be parked off of the public right-of-way.


Keys Left - Motor Running

Keys left in a vehicle invite theft and vehicles left with the motor running create a fire hazard.


Parallel Parking

Parallel park unless sign, marking, or permit allows angle parking.  Motorcycles may angle park in a parallel space.


Planting Strip

Do not park on the planting strip, the area between a curb and the sidewalk, whether paved or not.


Sidewalks & Side Walk Areas

These areas between the curb and property line, whether paved or unpaved, are for pedestrians.


Street Storage and Abandoned Autos

Any type of vehicle abandoned and/or stored on the public right-of-way in excess of 24 hours will be subject to CITATION and TOW AWAY.  This includes boats, campers, trailers, etc.  Click here for more information about Abandoned Autos. Questions on abandoned autos? Call 503-823-6814, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Time Limits

A vehicle may not be parked in a short-term metered space (3 hours or less) longer than the time limit designated - regardless of additional coins deposited or meter malfunction.   Click here for more information about Parking Meters.


Truck Loading Zones

ONLY properly marked commercial vehicles may use Truck Loading Zones. Click here for more information about Commercial Vehicle Parking.


Vehicle Alarms

Vehicle alarm systems must cancel the intermittent or constant sound after a combined time of 3 minutes in a 15 minute period.