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 & Multi-Use Lane, Path or Trail
- Blocking Driveway
- Blocking Visibility
- Crosswalk & Handicapped Access Ramp
- Disabled Parking Zones
- Distance from Curb
- Divided Highway
- Double Parking
- Expired Registration
- Fire Hydrant
- Fog Line
- For Sale on Public Street
- Keys Left-Motor Running
- Parallel Parking
- Planting Strip
- Sidewalks & Sidewalk Areas
- Street Storage & Abandoned Autos
- Time Limits
- Truck Loading Zones
- Vehicle Alarms
Do not park on these reserved use areas. Click here for more information on bicycle lanes.
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.
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.
Do not park in a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, or in front of a handicapped access ramp.
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.
Park both front and rear "curbside" tires within 1 foot from the curb or the curb line.
Do not park in the area between the roadways of a divided highway whether marked or unmarked.
Do not stop or park next to another parked vehicle.
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.
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.
Do not park on or over the fog or edge line which designates the outside edge of the roadway.
Vehicles parked for the principal purpose of displaying "For Sale" signs must be parked off of the public right-of-way.
Keys left in a vehicle invite theft and vehicles left with the motor running create a fire hazard.
Parallel park unless sign, marking, or permit allows angle parking. Motorcycles may angle park in a parallel space.
Do not park on the planting strip, the area between a curb and the sidewalk, whether paved or not.
These areas between the curb and property line, whether paved or unpaved, are for pedestrians.
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
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 alarm systems must cancel the intermittent or constant sound after a combined time of 3 minutes in a 15 minute period.