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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Area Parking Permit Pilot Program


After balloting, PBOT staff met with representatives from the two neighborhood associations and received feedback. The Mississippi area expressed interest in pursuing an alternative parking management option while Hawthorne chose to wait until the program is further developed before seeking a permit program. As a result, PBOT will be moving on to SE Division, the next neighborhood on the list. As we pilot using alternative methods to establish area parking permit and management options, we learn different ways to manage parking unique to the specific needs of a neighborhood. We will share periodic updates as the pilot process continues to unfold. 


On January 24th, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) asked City Council to allow staff to engage the community to establish new permit pilots to help better manage parking in high demand areas of the City  offering neighborhoods additional tools for limiting the total number of permits and/or the number of permits per address, charging a permit surcharge, and implementing a parking permit zone due to residential/commercial growth. Council approved the request for up to two (2) new Area Parking Permit Pilot Programs.

Eight neighborhoods expressed interest in the parking pilot program. PBOT staff selected 6 finalists and collected data in those neighborhoods to determine the occupancy rates.

PBOT has determined that N Mississippi in the Boise neighborhood and SE Hawthorne in the  Sunnyside/Richmond neighborhoods meet the parking occupancy qualifications to be considered for this pilot program. Before becoming a pilot APPP area, PBOT will conduct a vote of all addresses within the proposed permit program boundaries. A ballot will be mailed to all addresses within 30 days of the informational open house; a minimum of 50 percent of ballots must be returned, of which 60 percent must be in favor to move forward with the parking permit program.

Proposed Permit Program Boundaries

Next Steps

  1. After the open house, the permit boundary area will be refined and a ballot prepared.

  2. A ballot will be mailed to all addresses within the proposed area within 30 days of the open house. The legal occupant of an address is eligible to vote.  This ballot must be received by PBOT on or before the date specified in the mailing.  A minimum of 50 percent of the ballots must be received, of which 60 percent must be “yes” votes, to approve the program.

  3. If the vote is positive, PBOT will go to council for approval prior to establishing the pilot program area and forming the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). A consultant will begin data collection to determine on-street parking utilization. The consultant will work with the SAC to guide data-driven decisions about potential parking tools. Afterwards, the SAC will vote on the tools they want implemented, at that point, the residents and businesses will be eligible to apply for permits.

  4. If the vote is negative, PBOT will not move forward with a permit program; a minimum of 12 months must elapse before any new proposal can be initiated.  


For questions and concerns, contact Antonina Pattiz at or 503-823-5347.



What does it mean to have a permit zone?

Originally, permit zones were created to alleviate parking demand in neighborhoods close to the core downtown area, where commuters would park and walk or ride to work. By establishing a parking permit program, only individuals with permits are allowed to stay longer than the posted visitor time limit. Permit-less vehicles that are observed parking longer than the posted time limit are subject to citation. This particular pilot is unique in the sense that commuter parking does not need to be an issue. In order to qualify for this pilot program, neighborhoods had to have parking challenges due to commercial and residential growth. As a result, the (optional) parking management tools available to the pilot areas are not available to regular zones at this time.

 The additional new optional parking tools are:

  1. Ability to limit the number of resident permits.
  2. Charging a surcharge on permits to be re-invested in the APP zone for transportation projects and programs that will help address the parking demand.
  3. Capping the total number of permits.


How was my neighborhood chosen for the pilot program?

Eight neighborhoods applied to participate in the pilot program, PBOT staff collected data in the six qualifying neighborhoods and chose two with the highest occupancy rates. For the Sunnyside/Richmond neighborhood, data was collected in April 2018, for Boise, data was collected June 2017.


Does it mean only vehicles with permits can park within the zone?

Only vehicles with permits can stay beyond the posted visitor time-limit. Visitors and customers to the neighborhood would have an opportunity to visit the neighborhood but would only be allowed to park for a designated time. If visitors are visiting a permit-holder’s home, they can receive a daily scratch off permit from the resident and park the duration of the day.


Can only vehicles with permits park within the zone during specific hours? If so, what are the hours for which non-permitted cars will not be allowed?

The typical visitor limit is in affect during business hours in most neighborhoods, and the visitor time limit is 2 hours. However, it is up to the neighborhood Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to tailor the enforcement hours to the neighborhood parking issues.


If I live in the zone, am I guaranteed a permit if I want one? Will everyone in my household be guaranteed a permit?

The SAC, with input from the neighborhood and data collected, will determine if permits should be limited or not.


If I live in the notification area, but not the proposed zone boundary, what are my options?

If the pilot program is voted in by the neighborhood, neighbors and businesses outside of the zone will have the option of annexing into the permit zone. This is done through a petition where 50% of the ballots must be returned and 60% must be in favor of the annexation.


How long would the pilot program last if it is approved by the neighborhood?

The pilot program would need to be active at least one year to collect data to see how the program is working. 


How will the pilot program be assessed and considered for permanent establishment?

Lancaster Engineering will collect data in the beginning and conduct data for an analysis one year after implementation.


What is PBOT’s role with the Pilots?

PBOT provides executive and administrative support to the Stakeholder Advisory Committees (SAC). PBOT supports SAC meeting with materials and updates, send final agenda and meeting notes to email distribution list, and lead capital projects modifications.


Who would get permits in the pilot areas? What is the cost?

Residents and businesses in the official permit areas may be able to obtain parking permits. There is a base administration fee of $75 (minimum cost of the permit) and that fee covers the cost of issuing permits and enforcing the permit area. The SAC has the option of charging a surcharge, if they choose to do so, the surcharge will go back to the neighborhood to be used on transportation projects and programs.


Who is the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)?

The committee will be established after Council's approval of the pilot areas. The committee will consist of neighborhood and business representatives.


What is the SAC's Objective?

The SAC’s mission is to advise the City on transportation and parking issues and support a full range of transportation options within the context of neighborhood livability and economic vitality with the goal of efficiently managing parking and reducing reliance on the single-occupancy automobile. The SAC evaluates district transportation needs and priorities and set forth priority projects and programs to support and facilitate more efficient transportation access.


Sunnyside/Richmond Pilot Map

A map outlining the proposed parking permit program boundary for Sunnyside/Richmond

Boise Parking Pilot Map

A map outlining the proposed parking permit program boundary for Boise