14A.50.020 Camping Prohibited on Public Property and Public Rights-of-Way.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance 191311, effective July 7, 2023.)

  1. A. As used in this Section:
    1. 1. "To camp" means to set up, or to remain in or at a campsite.
    2. 2.  "Campsite" means any place where any tent, lean-to, shack, or other structure, any vehicle or part thereof, or any bedding, sleeping bag, or other sleeping matter, or any stove or fire is placed, established, or maintained for the purpose of establishing or maintaining a temporary place to live.
    3. 3. “Involuntarily homeless” means having no means to acquire one’s own shelter and not otherwise having access to shelter or other alternative options for housing.
  2. B.  It is unlawful for any person to camp in or upon any public property or public right-of-way, unless otherwise specifically authorized by this Code or by declaration by the Mayor in emergency circumstances.
  3. C. Subsection 14A.50.020 B. does not apply to a person who is involuntarily homeless provided that such person complies with the following restrictions on the time, place, and manner with respect to their campsite.
    1. 1. Time regulations. An involuntarily homeless person may camp between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. After 8 a.m., an involuntarily homeless person must dismantle the campsite and remove all personal property from the campsite until 8 p.m.
    2. 2. Place regulations. An involuntarily homeless person may not camp in the following places at any time:
      1. a. On a Pedestrian Plaza regulated under Chapter 17.43 of Portland Code.
      2. b. Upon public docks regulated under Portland City Code Section 19.16.290.
      3. c. In the pedestrian use zone, which is the area of the sidewalk corridor on City sidewalks intended for pedestrian travel or access to public transit, as defined in Subsection 14A.50.030 A.3.
      4. d. In a Park regulated under Chapter 20.12 of Portland Code.
      5. e. Within 250 feet from a preschool, kindergarten, elementary or secondary school, or a childcare center licensed, certified or authorized under ORS 329A.250 through 329A.460, ORS 418.205 to 418.970; OAR 419-410- 0010 to OAR 419-490-0170.
      6. f. Within 250 feet from a safe parking site, safe rest village, or sanctioned camping location designated by the Mayor.
      7. g. Within 250 feet of lot or parcel containing a construction site governed by a building permit reviewed by the Major Projects Group of the Bureau of Development Services.
      8. h. In the public right-of-way along “High Crash Network Streets and Intersections” identified by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
      9. i. Within 250 feet of an Environmental overlay zone, River Natural overlay zone, River Environmental overlay zone, Pleasant Valley Natural Resource overlay zone, or a special flood hazard area.
      10. j. Areas posted no-trespassing by City bureaus.
    3. 3. Manner regulations. An involuntarily homeless person camping in the public right-of-way or on public property may not:
      1. a. Obstruct access to private property or businesses adjacent to the public right-of-way.
      2. b. Start or maintain any fire for the purposes of burning any combustible material in or around the campsite.
      3. c. Use a gas heater in or around a campsite.
      4. d. Erect, install, place, leave, or set up any type of permanent or temporary fixture or structure of any material(s) in or upon public property or public right-of-way. Items such as tents and similar items used for shelter that are readily portable are not structures for purposes of this section.
      5. e. Dig, excavate, terrace soil, alter the ground or infrastructure, cause environmental damage, or damage vegetations or trees in or around a campsite.
      6. f. Place or store personal belongings, or other objects, in a total area encompassing more than ten square feet outside the tent or readily portable shelter.
      7. g. Accumulate, discard, or leave behind garbage, debris, unsanitary or hazardous materials, sewage, drug paraphernalia, improperly disposed of syringes, or other evidence of conspicuous drug use in the public rights-of-way, on City property, or on any adjacent public or private property.
      8. h. Assemble, disassemble, sell, offer to sell, distribute, offer to distribute, or store three or more bicycles or two or more automobiles, a bicycle frame with the gear cables or brake cables cut or an automobile with the battery or one or more tires removed, two or more bicycles or automobiles with missing parts, or five or more bicycle or automobile parts.
  4. D. Any camp, camp materials, or personal property in violation of any of the standards in this Chapter may be removed or cleaned up by the City or its designated contractors.

Upcoming and Recent Changes

Ordinance 191311

Effective Date