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Parking in the Central Eastside

This guide will help you understand how on-street parking in the Central Eastside works. Information includes: area parking permit program, on-street meter locations, and the Transportation Wallet.

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Central Eastside Residential and Business Parking Permits

Permit Year 2020 - 2021 Updated Information

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2020 - 2021 permit year was delayed two months and will run August 1st, 2020 - April 30, 2021. Zone G and N 2019-2020 permits will be honored through July 31, 2020. Zone N permits not renewed during the 2020-2021 permit year will be eligible for renewal the following year, Zone N permit eligibility in permit year 2021-2022 will be based on permits issued in 2019-2020.

There is also the option of purchasing daily scratch offs. You can purchase daily scratch offs in books of 10, with a maximum of 15 books per address. 

Permits are prorated every year halfway through the permit cycle, and due to the delayed start of the permit year, this year's half-price permit starts December 1, 2020. 

Important Parking Information for Zone G & N Residents and Business Owners

On-street parking in the Central Eastside District is limited. With the adoption of the Central Eastside Industrial Parking Management Plan there are restrictions to Zone G and N permit parking.  New residents and business owners should not assume they will be eligible to purchase Zone G and Zone N parking permits.  Please refer to the Central Eastside Parking Permit Changes letter which was previously mailed to all residents and business owners. 

To apply for a Zone G residential or business annual parking permit please click here

2020-2021 Central Eastside Discounted Resident Parking Permit

Residents may qualify for a $75 annual parking permit in the Central Eastside for the following reasons:

  • Financial hardship
  • Reduced income

Please submit your 2020-2021 permit renewal application (click here for application page) and a copy of one of the following qualifying documents: 

  • Home Forward subsidized rent for
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized form
  • Social Security Disability award letter
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) award letter
  • Oregon Health Plan notice
  • Dependents who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch programs

Zone N Parking Permits

Residents and businesses use permits to park throughout the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID).  In mid-2015 the Transportation Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) recommended prioritizing users based on land use and the district was divided into two zones. The first zone, Zone G which is zoned industrial, would continue to offer permits only to residents and businesses, maintaining priority parking for employees. The other zone, Zone N, is zoned central employment and prioritizes parking for customers and visitors by limiting new permits.

As new development continues within the district, the demand for parking also increases. In May 2015, based on occupancy data that shows high parking utilization, the Zone N permit program is being phased out. Permits in Zone N may only be renewed for residents and employers that bought permits the previous year. If a permit is not renewed, the applicant is not eligible for a permit at a later time. 

Visiting and Parking in the Central Eastside

On-street parking in the Central Eastside is either metered (paid and time limit), time limit (free and time limit), or permit parking (free and 2 hour time limit for non-permit holders). Please check the parking signs where you park to determine how long you can stay and if you have to pay.  

For a map of metered parking blocks, please click here for our interactive map.  

Looking for a disability parking stall? Here's a map for that. Need more information about disability parking in Portland? Click here to read about rules and regulations.  

The Transportation Wallet

Transportation wallet - $250 TriMet Hop Card, Annual Streetcar Pass, Biketown credit, Scooter credit

Get the Transportation Wallet for $99!

The Transportation Wallet is PBOT’s concept to encourage more trips on transit, by bike and on foot to help reduce traffic and congestion on our roadways. The Transportation Wallet consists of passes and vouchers for use on participating transportation service providers. Click here to learn more!

Central Eastside Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee

Central Eastside Industrial Council's (CEIC)Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee's (TPAC) subcommittee is tasked with resolving current parking issues in the district while creating a system for proactive parking management on an ongoing basis. The subcommittee meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the PCC Climb Center room 102 - 1626 SE Water Ave. Members of the public are invited to attend and provide public comment. For more information or to join the CEIC TPAC Subcommittee’s interested parties list to receive meeting materials and updates follow this link to the TPAC page. 

Central Eastside Parking Plans and Background Information

The Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) is growing. Its historic uses of warehousing and heavy manufacturing are being joined by new and emerging creative technologies, regional retail attractions, food and entertainment establishments and educational facilities. 

Parking is an issue affecting the continued economic success and vitality of the CEID. With an existing shortage of both on-street and off-street parking, the district is challenged to meet the future parking demands of additional employees and customers. 

District Parking Plan

Beginning in 2010, a stakeholder advisory committee representing Central Eastside property owners, business owners, public institutions and adjacent neighborhoods worked with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop an action plan to improve parking within the CEID. The Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC) was instrumental to this effort and was represented on the stakeholder committee by several of its elected officers. 

The result is a comprehensive parking management plan that better matches up parking supply and demand in the district. In June 2012, the Portland City Council adopted the recommendations of the stakeholder advisory committee and directed the Transportation Bureau to begin implementing the initial actions to improve parking. 

Click here for the Central Eastside Parking Management Plan document.  

Click here to learn about the rules and regulations for the Zone N and Zone G Area Parking Permit Program.  

Priority for Parking

The Central Eastside Industrial District is made up of two different land use types: Industrial and Employment. The TPAC  recognized that people park in the different land use areas for different reasons. In order to help more people find parking while supporting the economic vitality of each land use, the subcommittee determined different priority users for each area. This way, employees can find parking in the industrial areas while customers and visitors can find parking in the employment areas. 

Priority Users for Each Zone 

Industrial Zone:

  1. Employees
  2. Vehicle loading/ unloading
  3. Visitors

Employment Zone:

  1. Customers and visitors
  2. Employees
  3. Loading/ unloading
A map of the Industrial, General Employment, and Central Employment zones within the Central Eastside

Central Eastside Annual Parking Reports

2016 Annual Parking Report

2018 Annual Parking Report

2019 Annual Parking Report