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Zone M Pilot Program



Since October 2014 the NW Parking Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) has met monthly and has worked with City staff on the implementation of the adopted parking management plan. Permit parking was instituted in 2015 and meters were installed in 2016. Ongoing discussions have been held about adjustments to the permit system. The goal of the permit program is to manage the on-street parking system by identifying the permit eligible stalls, issuing annual parking permits and balancing the system to support area land use. The best practice is 85% occupancy and the current occupancy in NW is well over 90% at peak hours. The total number of parking stalls in the NW parking district is 5,264 (metered and permit stalls). Regulations allowing shared parking have been adopted and SAC is working to encourage sharing.

In October 2016 on-street parking utilization data was collected. Based on the analysis, recommendations to changes of the on-street system and permit program are being developed. Recommendations include an expansion of the metered area as well as a reduction in permits issued to both residents and employees. In December 2016 Council passed ordinance 188173 that allowed NW to develop a pilot program to implement additional tools to manage on-street parking. The additional tools include:  permit surcharge fee, capping the total number of permits issued, limiting annual issuance of employee and residential permits and annual TDM surveys. The surcharges will go back in the Northwest District for TDM measures.

Permit Changes


Survey and Development of TDM Program

  • Require parking and travel behavior survey for employers who purchase more than 30 permits prior to permits being issued.
  • Require parking and travel behavior survey for residential buildings with more than 30 permits prior to permits being issued.
                        • For buildings that pass the 30 permit threshold during the year, they will also be required to fill out the parking and travel behavior.
  • Notify all buildings with more than 30 units about parking and transportation survey and accompanying TDM information and incentives for tenants.
  • TDM requirements for those employers and buildings with more than 30 permits:
        • Must complete parking and transportation survey.
        • Must meet with PBOT’s Active Transportation staff to discuss TDM opportunities and implementation.
        • Must inform employees or residents about transportation information and incentives available at least once annually and for each new tenant during the year.

Employee Permits – Goal is 3,250 permits

  • Cost $180 per permit
  • Limit to 80% Employee Full Time Equivalency (FTE). An FTE is the hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis. This concept is used to convert the hours worked by several part-time employees in the hours worked by full-time employees.
  • Maintain current process of issuing permits to employers for distribution

Residential Permits – Goal is 2,850 permits

Anyone who currently has a permit would keep their permit. Reduction to residential permits would occur by attrition.

  • Cost $180 per annual Zone M permit.
    • There will be a low income provision available. If you meet 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) identified by the Portland Housing Bureau here then you are eligible for a $60 Zone M permit.
  • No limit on residential buildings that have less than 30 units
  • Existing buildings with 30 units or more:
    • Eligible to receive permits at 60% of units/addresses. 
    • Permits will be issued to individuals. However, property managers will be issued pre-application notifications equal to the total number of permits allowed for the building. Property manager will provide these pre-application notifications to tenants as part of their rental process to allow the tenant to secure a permit. By doing this, property managers will know exactly how many permits they have left for new tenants and a new tenant will know that there is no longer permits available before they move in.
  • New buildings with 30 units or more that do not have certificate of occupancy by September 1, 2017
    • Eligible for permits at 40% per units/addresses for the upcoming permit year and beyond.

Guest Permits

  • Eliminate annual guest permits
  • Continue to limit daily scratch-off permits to 100 per address ANNUALLY

Residential Opt Out Incentive – Funded by Permit Surcharge

If a resident chooses to not renew their parking permit, they can opt to participate in the incentive program which includes:

  • $100 TriMet HOP card
  • 1 year of BIKETOWN membership


  • Receive half price annual TriMet pass

The SAC is finalizing an incentive package for employers/employees that will be funded by the permit surcharge.