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The City of Portland, Oregon

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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Common Parking Violations

Below is a list of 20 most common parking violations in Portland. Source:  Municipal Code, City of Portland, Title 16: Vehicles and Traffic

Note:  In the list below, not all circumstances are described for every specific violation. Anyone parking in Portland needs to comply with the following rules and any other special parking regulations.   

Violation

Details

Overtime meter When parked at a meter you must pay for the amount of time you plan to park there. If you stay beyond the amount of prepaid time you may be subject to a citation. With the Parking Kitty mobile app you can easily check your remaining time right on your phone. Learn more about Meter Enforcement.
No meter receipt When you parking in a metered space you must pay for parking. If you do not have a meter receipt displayed, or have not paid via the mobile app or the pay-by-plate machine, you may be subject to a citation. How to Use a Pay Station. How to use the mobile app Parking Kitty. How to use pay-by-plate a paystation
Failure to display current registration Vehicles parked on the public right-of-way must have current registration or current permit.  Contact Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services for registration renewal.
Truck Loading zone Truck loading zones were created to help local businesses with the loading and unloading of goods. During the posted time of the loading zone, only box trucks, pick-up trucks, or a vehicle registered with the DMV as a van. These vehicles must have company signage displayed on both sides, and may only park in the loading zone for 30 minutes while actively loading and unloading. 
Improper display of parking meter receipt To ensure the safety of Parking Enforcement Officers, meter receipts must be properly displayed on your vehicle (see your meter receipt for proper display instructions). Officers will not enter the traffic lane to verify if you have a parking receipt. If you are parking in multiple locations within a meter district, please check to make sure that your meter receipt is in the correct location before leaving your vehicle. Better yet, use our Parking Kitty mobile app, then you don't have to worry about it!
No front or rear plate Vehicle does not have the state supplied front and rear plates mounted.
Overtime parking - Meter In order to help with vehicle turnover at short-term meters (4 hours or less), parking meters have limits on the amount of time you can park there. If you stay beyond the posted time limit, you may be subject to a citation. To avoid a citation, you must move your vehicle to a different blockface (such as across the street or around the corner).
Area permit required Area Parking Permit Zones were designed to prevent commuters from parking in residential areas, and every vehicle must have a permit or adhere to the posted visitor limits. If your vehicle is parked without a permit for longer than the posted visitor limits you may be subject to citation. Learn more about the  Area Parking Permit Program  here.
No parking anytime You are not allowed to park anywhere with yellow curb markings or where parking signs say "no parking". If your park your vehicle here you may be subject to citation. 
Upper NW No Meter Receipt This citation is the same as "no meter receipt" listed above but is issued specifically in the NW District (the areas surrounding NW 21st and 23rd).  How to Use a Pay StationHow to use the mobile app Parking KittyHow to use pay-by-plate a paystation
Blocked driveway You cannot block a paved or unpaved driveway including the curb returns or wings, even if the driveway has gates, chains, posts, or other barriers. Parking in these areas may be subject to citation. 
Prohibited time Certain commercial corridors have times of the day where parking is prohibited, and the parking lane is converted to a travel lane to help with traffic. These are often called "pro time" areas. If you are parked during a prohibited time you may be subject to citation and tow. 
Meter feeding At any short-term meter (4 hours or less) you can only park for the maximum time on the posted time limit. If you purchase additional meter receipts above and beyond the the maximum stay allowed, this is meter feeding and you may be subject to a citation. Meter feeding is only allowed at long-term meters (5 hours or more). To avoid a citation, you must move your vehicle to a different blockface and pay for more parking time there. 
Abandoned auto On-street parking is intended for the short-term parking of vehicles, and long-term storage of personal property is not allowed. Any type of vehicle abandoned and/or stored on the public right-of-way in excess of 24 hours will be subject to CITATION and TOW AWAY.  This includes boats, campers, trailers, etc.  Click here for more information about Abandoned Autos.
Fire hydrant You cannot park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant in any location.  The fire hydrant does not have to be posted by signs or a yellow curb.
Upper NW area permit required This citation is the same as "Area parking permit" listed above but is issued specifically in the NW District (the areas surrounding NW 21st and 23rd).  How to Use a Pay StationHow to use the mobile app Parking KittyHow to use pay-by-plate a paystation
Wrong way You must park in the direction of traffic at parallel and angle spaces. Motorcycles may angle park in a parallel space. Failure to park in the direction of traffic may be subject to citation. 
Reserved zone On-street parking can be reserved for a variety of reasons, and during the reserved time only authorized vehicles are allowed to park there. Reserved parking spaces will be clearly marked with specific dates, days, and/or times. Parking in a reserved space may be subject to citation and tow. Learn more about Temporary Parking, Sidewalk, Street Use Permits.
Disabled/wheelchair zone Only vehicles with a DMV authorized disability plate/placard may use disability zones, whether on a public street or in parking lot open to the public.  Click here for more information about Disabled Parking Permits.
Handicapped Ramp You cannot park your vehicle parked in front of a ADA access ramp. The City is currently installed ADA ramps across the City, please ensure that you are not blocking an ADA ramp while you park or you may be subject to citation. 

 

Questions?  Call 503-823-5195 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday).