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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, 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 meters we use today. Parking meters assist businesses by limiting the time a motorist can park in a spot, thus creating turnover and available parking for customers.

Presently, Portland is using SmartMeters (paystations) to monitor approximately 15,000 spaces. SmartMeters accept nickels, dimes, quarters, the small dollar coin, and credit/debit cards as payment. Most of the SmartMeters are Pay & Display, meaning you purchase a receipt from the paystation and display it on your vehicle. In the Northwest and Central Eastside, new Pay-by-Plate meters are being deployed. Click here to learn more about them!

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


To learn about reserving a meter, click here.

To report broken meters call 503-278-5410.

How to Use a Pay Station

How to use a SmartMeter pay station

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.

Report a Broken Parking Meter

Please call 503-278-5410 and provide a description of the broken parking meter or broken electronic paystation and your location.

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.