More than 30 percent of Portland's streets are lined with larger, more mature trees that drop significantly more leaves than the rest of the city. These streets require more equipment and crew-power to clean and maintain, so we've divided them into 34 Leaf Service Zones. Go to the Portland Bureau of Transportation website and enter your address in the Leaf Zone Locator to find out if you are in a Leaf Service Zone.
If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone or if you opt out of the Leaf Day Pickup Service, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a Leaf Service Zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street. See City Code regarding unlawful obstruction of a roadway, curb or sidewalk. Call 503-865-LEAF (5323) to speak to a customer service representative Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Each year, during the Rose Festival activities and again during the holiday season Portland's Bureau of Transportation limits routine work that requires cutting open, closing, or blocking of any roadway, on street parking or sidewalk in the core area and principle streets as identified on the moratorium map.
Work in the sidewalk or roadway necessitated by extreme conditions must be approved by the Bureau of Transportation and in most cases reviewed by the moratorium committee members before authorization by permit or agreement will be issued. The request form, moratorium map, and committee contact information can be found on the PBOT webpage here.