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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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Mini Area Parking Permit Program Pilot Project

A pilot program passed by City Council makes it simpler for neighborhoods to start a smaller area parking permit program. The high requirement for neighborhood effort in eligibility and process described in the Regular Area Parking Permit Program, including large minimum size and community-initiated petitions, has proven a barrier to initiating desired programs.

To support and encourage the growing economic vitality and livability of neighborhoods, City Council reduced those barriers through a pilot program to decrease the minimum size and simplify the process.

Click here for a backgrounder/FAQ on the Mini APPP.


A City-recognized Neighborhood Association submits a formal request by writing a letter to the City Traffic Engineer asking to create a new Area Parking Permit Program. The request must include the following:

  • Definition of the problem
  • Evidence of neighborhood support
  • Proposed area boundaries

The requesting area must consist of a minimum of 12 blockfaces or 2,400 lineal feet of curb space. The City Traffic Engineer may make exceptions as needed.

Within 30 days from the determination of eligibility by the City Traffic Engineer, a ballot is mailed to all addresses within the proposed area. One legal occupant of each address is eligible to vote.

The ballot must be returned to the City Traffic Engineer on or before the date specified in the mailing. A minimum of 40 percent of the ballots must be received, of which a majority (50 percent plus 1) must be "yes" votes, to approve the program.