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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Parking at a Meter in Portland

In response to the growing problem of parking congestion, Carlton Cole Magee invented the first parking meter in 1932.  Since that time parking meters have evolved from the original all mechanical meters to the state-of-the-art solar-powered paystationswe use today. Paystations assist businesses by limiting the time a motorist can park in a spot, thus creating turnover and available parking for customers.

Paystations control approximately 15,000 spaces in the City's five meter districts. Paystations accept nickels, dimes, quarters, the small dollar coin, and credit/debit cards as payment. Most of the paystations are Pay & Display, meaning you purchase a receipt from the paystation and display it on your vehicle for Parking Enforcement to verify. In the Northwest and Central Eastside, new Pay-by-Plate paystations are being deployed. Parking Enforcement can view your proof of purchase electronically, therefore no receipt is dispensed at the pay station.  Click here to learn more about them!

If a paystation is broken you must still provide proof of payment, so purchase time from the nearest machine. Make parking even easier by using Parking Kitty, Portland's new mobile payment app!


To learn about how to reserve and on-street metered parking space, click here.

To report broken paystations, or for questions to can't find answers to, call 503-278-5410.

Meter Enforcement

Read descriptions of common issues related to parking in Portland's meter districts that may lead to citations.

Parking Meter Rates & Hours

Parking meter rates, days, hours of operation in Portland's parking meter districts: Downtown, Lloyd, Marquam Hill, Central Eastside, and Northwest.

When is Parking Free?

All metered parking in the City of Portland is free on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.