(July 1, 2022) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) manages parking on public streets in the city of Portland as well as the bureau's SmartPark garages.
On the following 10 holidays, as specified on each meter, parking is free at meters (except at city parks) in Portland's five parking districts - Downtown, Northwest, Marquam Hill, Lloyd, and the Central Eastside:
- Independence Day - July 4, 2022
- Labor Day - Sept. 5, 2022
- Veterans Day - Nov. 11, 2022
- Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 24, 2022
- Christmas Day - Dec. 25, 2022
- New Year’s Day - Jan. 1, 2023
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Jan. 16, 2023
- President’s Day - Feb. 20, 2023
- Memorial Day - May 29, 2023
- Juneteenth - June 19, 2023
Parking pay stations and Parking Kitty mobile payments are programmed not to accept payment on holidays and will display a message on the screen letting you know that it's a holiday.
Starting July 1, 2022, if you are paying in cash, you must now select the amount of time you wish to purchase beforeloading your money. The pay stations require exact change and will not refund any more or add any additional time if you load more money than requested. A new 20-cent Climate & Equitable Mobility Transaction Fee will also be added to all parking transactions. Funds from this fee will support investments in transportation affordability and access, such as BIKETOWN for All and the affordable housing-focused Transportation Wallet.
Where can you park?
If you're coming Downtown (or near Downtown) you'll find yourself in one of the five meter districts. There are over 20,000 on-street parking stalls, along with five SmartPark garages available to the public. Parking on-street is regulated, so you need to check the signs where you park to make sure you are following the parking rules for that space. You need to pay to park almost everywhere in the downtown area, with some exceptions in the Central Eastside. There are also several privately owned parking lots and garages that are not affiliated with the City.
Where can you NOT park?
- Don't park anywhere with a No Parking sign.
- Don't park anywhere with yellow curb painting. No part of your vehicle should be in the yellow part.
- Don't park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
- Don't park blocking a driveway. No part of your vehicle should block any part of the driveway.
- Unless you are a commercial vehicle in the process of loading/unloading, do not park at a Truck Loading Zone.
- Don't park in the travel lane (no double parking).
- Don't park in a bike lane.
- Don't park outside marked lines
- Don't park in a crosswalk. No part of your vehicle should be in the crosswalk.
- Don't park blocking an ADA curb ramp. No part of your vehicle should block any part of a curb ramp.
This is not an exhaustive list. Always check the signs where you park!
For more information about public parking in Portland visit www.portland.gov/transportation/parking/parking-guide.