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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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Complex Temporary Street Use Permit (Traffic Control)


**Please note that we have a 10 business day minimum turn around for all permit requests**

**Permit requests are not guaranteed approval**

Apply for this permit if you will need traffic control (the use or closure of a sidewalk, lane, or street). Please include any parking that is needed with the use or closure on this permit. (No need to request a separate Simple Temporary Street Use Permit for the parking).

If your work involves sidewalk, lane, and/or street closure, you will need to submit the following additional documents:

1. Traffic Control Plan 
We require a traffic control plan (TCP) or work space diagram (WSD) showing how your work affects traffic (pedestrian or vehicle) for our traffic engineer to review. Your TCP or WSD must be created using our PBOT BaseMap as a starting place. Submittals not meeting this requirement will be rejected.

2. Insurance
We require a certificate of insurance (COI) on file naming City of Portland as additionally insured in order for your Temporary Street Use Permit to be valid.
 Insurance documents are processed by the Insurance & Bonds Group. They can be reached at 503-823-7142.
    → email Insurance documents to


Permit Application Process:

  1. Submit Application (and necessary supporting documents) via the Complex Temporary Street Use Permit Form.
  2. Once we receive your completed application, we will respond with a fee quote and the projected date the permit will be ready for pick up from our office (see hours below). For pricing information, explore our current fee schedule.
  3. Permits are submitted for review by the necessary parties (i.e. Parking Control, Traffic Engineering, etc). If the permit is not approved by the review team, you will be contacted to discuss alternatives to meet your needs while adhering to City Code.
  4. Pending approval, come to our office to pick up and pay for your permit on your scheduled pick up date. All Permits must be picked up and paid for at our office during business hours. We accept payment via cash, check, and all credit cards. We cannot accept payment online or over the phone.

Permit Renewal Process:

  1. Submit a renewal request using our online form.  Please include your existing permit numbers and the new dates you'd like.  As with all permit requests, please allow at least 7-10 business days for processing.


  • Any vehicle or container taller than six feet in height must be parked at least 50ft from a non-signalized intersection.
  • Parking any vehicle or container on a street less than 28ft wide may require reserving parking across the street to allow for adequate emergency vehicle clearance. This will affect the permit fee.
  • The permittee is responsible for determining if the right-of-way (i.e. sidewalk or street area) will accommodate their equipment.
  • If your work damages the right-of-way, you are responsible for all repairs as necessary.
  • Advance notification to adjacent property owners is required.
  • We are unable to reserve on-street parking spaces for the purpose of vending or promotional use, as per City Code
Metered Areas: Non-Metered Areas:
  • The City's Parking Enforcement staff will place the no-parking signs out in advance and enforce any violations of the permit.
  • Violation enforcement and towing are included in the permit price.

  • The Permit Center will provide you with "No Parking" plastic bags that you are responsible for posting. Post the bag on a street sign or structure (such as a barricade or sawhorse) and place the structure at the curb.
  • The City does not provide you with barricades to place your signs on. You can rent barricades at local companies, please search online for "barricade rentals"
  • Non-metered parking reservation procedure.

  •             Barricade                 Bag placed over street sign

To legally place a Storage Container POD on the street in an area with no parking restrictions, apply for a Quick Permit. Special restrictions apply, see link for more information. 

Still have questions? Please contact us using our contact information below.


The Permit Center Transportation Counter
1900 SW 4th Ave. 1st Floor, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503.823.7365  Fax: 503.865.3442  Email:
Open: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thurs 8:00 a.m. to Noon