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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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Meter Enforcement

Metered Parking


Vehicles parking in violation of meter regulations are subject to citation and/or tow. Below are descriptions of common issues related to parking in Portland's meter districts.

Properly Display Meter Receipt:

For the safety of yourself and Parking Enforcement Officers, meter receipts are required to be placed on the curb-side window of your vehicle. Receipts not displayed on the appropriate side may result in a citation. 


Leave the blockface when the time limit of a short-term meter is over. A short-term meter has a time limit of less than 4 hours.  Also see Re-parking below.


At a short-term meter (less than 4 hours), do not return sooner than 3 hours to the same blockface.

Broken Meter:

If you park at a broken pay station please obtain a receipt from another pay station around the corner or across the street.  Parking is still only allowed for the designated time limit at a broken meter or pay station. To report a broken meter call 503-278-5410 and obtain a receipt from another pay station around the corner or across the street. 

Over Space Line:

The vehicle must be totally within front and rear space lines (including trailer hitch and other attachments).  The yellow curb between parking spaces is for maneuvering only.

Yellow Curb:

A yellow curb means "No Parking" regardless of location.

Crosswalk and Handicapped Access:

Do not park in a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked, or in front of a handicapped access ramp.

Wrong Way:

Park in the direction of traffic at parallel and angle spaces.  Motorcycles may angle park in a parallel space.

Parked without Paying:

Any vehicle that remains in the same spot for more than 30 seconds is considered "parked" - even with a driver at the wheel.

Double Parking:

Do not stop or park next to another parked vehicle.