Chapter 17.92 Street Designation

City Code Chapter

17.92.010 Administration.

(Added by Ordinance 161984; amended by Ordinance 176555, effective July 1, 2002.) 

  1. For public streets and private street tracts, the City Engineer shall designate street prefixes, names, and numbers, keep records of such designations and exercise such other powers as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this Chapter.

17.92.020 Prefixes for Street Designations.

(Replaced by Ordinance 189151, effective October 5, 2018)

  1. A.  Burnside Street east of the Willamette River shall be designated as East and the prefix "E" shall be added to the street name.
  2. B.  Burnside Street west of the Willamette River shall be designated as West and the prefix "W" shall be added to the street name.
  3. C.  All streets east of the Willamette River, north of the centerline of Oregon Street and west of the centerline of Williams Avenue shall be designated as North and the prefix "N" shall be added to the street name.  Williams Avenue and the portion of Oregon Street west of the centerline of Williams Avenue shall be designated as North and the prefix "N" shall be added to the street name.
  4. D.  All streets east of the Willamette River between the centerline of Burnside Street and centerline of Oregon Street shall be designated as Northeast and the prefix "NE" shall be added to the street name excluding Burnside Street and excluding the portion of Oregon Street west of Williams Avenue.  Oregon Street east of the centerline of Williams Avenue shall be designated as Northeast and the prefix “NE” shall be added to the street name.
  5. E.  All streets east of the Willamette River north of the centerline of Oregon Street and east of the centerline of Williams Avenue shall be designated as Northeast and the prefix "NE" shall be added to the street name excluding Williams Avenue.  Oregon Street east of the centerline of Williams Avenue shall be designated as Northeast and the prefix “NE” shall be added to the street name.
  6. F.  All streets east of the Willamette River south of the centerline of Burnside Street shall be designated as Southeast and the prefix "SE" shall be added to the street name excluding Burnside Street.
  7. G.  All streets west of the Willamette River and south of the centerline of Clay Street and east of the centerlines of Naito Parkway and View Point Terrace, and east of Tryon Creek State Natural Area shall be designated as South and the prefix "S" shall be added to the street name excluding Naito Parkway and View Point Terrace.  Terwilliger Boulevard south of Palater Road and north of the Clackamas County line shall be designated as South and the prefix "S" shall be added to the street name.  The portions of Edgecliff Road, Iron Mountain Boulevard and Riverside Drive north of the Clackamas County line shall be designated as South and the prefix "S" shall be added to the street name.  Ridge Drive east of 46 feet east of the southerly extension of the centerline of View Point Terrace shall be shall be designated as South and the prefix "S" shall be added to the street name.
  8. H.  All streets west of the Willamette River between the centerline of Burnside Street and centerline of Clay Street shall be designated as Southwest and the prefix "SW" shall be added to the street name excluding Burnside Street.
  9. I.  All streets west of the Willamette River south of the centerline of Clay Street and west of Naito Parkway, View Point Terrace and Tryon Creek State Natural Area shall be designated as Southwest and the prefix "SW" shall be added to the street name.  Naito Parkway and View Point Terrace, all streets within Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Terwilliger Boulevard north of Palater Road shall be designated as Southwest and the prefix "SW" shall be added to the street name.  Ridge Drive west of 46 feet east of the southerly extension of the centerline of View Point Terrace shall be shall be designated as Southwest and the prefix "SW" shall be added to the street name.

17.92.030 Designation of Streets, Avenues, Boulevards and Drives.

(Amended by Ordinances 161984, 177028 and 191452, effective October 20, 2023.)

  1. A. All streets within the corporate limits of the City running in an easterly and westerly direction shall be designated with a "street" street suffix and all streets running in a northerly and southerly direction shall be designated with an "avenue" street suffix.
  2. B. Streets in Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, or Southwest Portland lying between two consecutively numbered north-south streets shall be designated with a "place" street suffix and shall take the underlying name of the street closest to the Willamette River.
  3. C. Streets in North Portland lying between two consecutively named north-south streets shall be designated with a "place" street suffix and shall take the underlying name of the street closest to Williams Avenue.
  4. D. Streets in South Portland lying between two consecutively named north-south streets shall be designated with a "place" street suffix and shall take the name of the underlying street closest to Naito Parkway or to View Point Terrace.
  5. E. Streets lying between two consecutively named east-west streets shall be designated with a "court" street suffix and shall take the underlying name of the street closest to Burnside Street.
  6. F. The street suffix "drive," "lane," "terrace" or "way" may be used to designate winding or circuitous streets.
  7. G. Scenic, arterial or greenscape streets may be designated with a "boulevard" street suffix or with a "drive" street suffix in lieu of a "street" or "avenue" street suffix.
  8. H. All streets shall be designated by one name for the entire length.

Upcoming and Recent Changes

Ordinance 191452

Effective Date