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The City of Portland strives to balance the needs of our diverse community by preserving accessible parking for persons with disabilities and creating better opportunities for short-term parking in the metered areas of Portland. To increase the accessibility of short-term parking, the City adopted new policies for people using state-issued Disabled Person Parking Placards. The program extends parking meter times for people holding Disabled Parking Placards and adds reserved parking spaces for people holding these placards, including some specifically for wheelchair placard holders.
The Transportation Bureau assessed the effectiveness of the program in October, 2014 and found that it is working to improve availability of parking for all. The bureau will continue to monitor the program and make adjustments as needed.
How it works
Current guidelines apply to both types of DMV Disabled Parking Placards: Disabled Person Parking Placards and Wheelchair User Placards. Wheelchair User Placards can be distinguished from Disabled Person Parking Placards by the large white “W” in the upper right-hand corner by the wheelchair insignia, the words “Wheelchair User” towards the bottom, and the light blue color of the placard. Here are examples, for reference:
If you are traveling from out of state and your state offers a general disabled parking placard, follow the same parking regulations as people with Oregon disabled placards. If your state offers a wheelchair placard, follow the same parking regulations as people with Oregon Wheelchair User placards.
To find out how the rules affect you, click on one of the following links:
1) I have a Wheelchair User Placard
2) I have a Disabled Person Parking Placard
3) I live in a neighborhood with parking meters
4) I work in a neighborhood with parking meters
5) I would like another way of paying other than walking to and from the meter
|Meter Slot:||Pay up to:||Stay up to:|
|2 Hour||2 Hours||3 Hours|
|3 Hour||3 Hours||3 Hours|
|4 Hour||Actual Time Used||Actual Time Used|
|5 Hour||Actual Time Used||Actual Time Used|
3) I live in a neighborhood with parking meters.
You may be eligible for a separate on-street monthly permit. To be eligible, permit holders must document the impracticality of public transit and unavailability of private parking.
Portland Parking Kitty App is a new smartphone app that can be used to pay for parking from wherever you need. It's as simple as park, pay, and be on your way. For more information on the Parking Kitty App, please click here.
If you are unable to operate the meters, use the Parking Kitty app, or wish an alternative to paying at the meter, the City is offering scratch-off cards. With a scratch-off card, you choose and pay for the time you need and simply display your scratch-off card on the dashboard. There is no need to walk to and from the meter.
How it works:
a) Tell us which district you wish to park in: Downtown, Northwest, Central Eastside or Lloyd District since each district has different pricing.
b) Choose a scratch off card that meets your needs:
Each card can be used only once but you can purchase several at a time and use them as you need them.
c) When you’re ready to use a card, scratch off the correct date and beginning time of use and display it on your dashboard.
For more information, please contact email@example.com or 503-823-2777.
A property owner may request a disability parking space be placed along their fronting property when:
The city will contact all property owners adjacent to disability parking spaces by mail every 2 years to determine whether the space is still in use.
Written request must be submitted from property owner and include a copy of a state issued disability placard for someone who lives in the home. Disability parking spaces on public right of way do not meet the ADA standards of private property. Placement of a disability parking space must be adjacent to property of requestor and will be dependent on street furnishing. (Trees, fire hydrants, plantings, etc.) The City will not install a disability parking space in front of a different property than requestors. Disability parking spaces are installed in the public right of way as an accommodation to the requestor and do not reserve the space for any one individual. Any vehicle displaying a valid state issued disability placard may park in the space without time limit. Contact information for field representative in your area can be found here.
For additional information:
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.823.2777.
To apply for a Disabled Person Parking Permit with the Oregon DMV, applicants must:
December 2013 City Council passed a resolution adopting the new disabled parking policy. View the staff recommendation here.