Apply for a PARK(ing) day permit

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issues PARK(ing) Day permits to allow residents, designers, businesses, students, community organizations and artists to temporarily transform parking spaces into public spaces. This international event takes place the third Friday in September.

This application takes 10-30 minutes to complete, additional requirements may take longer. Permits are typically issued within 2-7 business days.

2022 PARK(ing) Day installation locations

PARK(ing) Day is Friday, Sept. 16, 2022! You can check out temporary public spaces at the following locations, listed from north to south:

  • N Mississippi Avenue between N Beech Street and N Failing Street
    Hosted by City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • NE 6th Avenue between NE Hassalo Street and NE Holladay Street
    Hosted by The Street Trust
  • SE 7th Avenue between SE Stark Street and SE Washington Street
    Hosted by Depave
  • SW 4th Avenue between SW Jefferson Street and SW Madison Street
    Hosted by Bike Loud PDX

Applications for PARK(ing) Day 2022 are no longer being accepted. Please check back next year if you are interested in applying.

Choose your location

Residents, designers, businesses, students, artists, activists, and community organizations can use Portland streets for creative placemaking and street prototyping. Email for community partner ideas and connections.

All park(ing) day installations must be located in existing on street parking spaces. The spaces must:

  • Be on a street with a speed limit of 30 mph or less
  • Not be immediately adjacent to rail tracks
  • Not be in a disabled parking space or truck loading zone
  • Must adhere to parking restrictions (e.g. no parking 4-6 pm)
  • Be located at least 40 feet away from a bust stop
  • Be located at least 5 feet away from an alley or driveway

You can check all our requirements in the Park(ing) Day guide:

Design your space

Use your imagination and get creative with your parking space! Think about how you want to engage with the community and what elements you would like to include in the space.

Please see our design guide for specific design requirements:

Notify neighbors and businesses

You must submit proof that you’ve notified all residents and businesses adjacent to your installation.

Complete and email the permit application

Wait for processing and review

Once we receive your completed application with all the necessary information, we will do an initial review of your request. When this initial review is complete, we will send you an email update.

We will then assign your request to be reviewed by our traffic engineers. During their review, they may contact you for more information or to notify you of changes to your proposed plan.

Build your installation

When the permit has been reviewed and approved, we will email you the permit. Print and display the permit at your site on PARK(ing) Day. If you are located within a metered district, parking enforcement officers will place reservation devices. If you are outside a metered district, we will email you no parking signs that you will need to place.

Create your pop-up public space. You can start installing at 7am on Friday and should plan to break down your installation by dark. In the past, many people visited the Park(ing) day installations. 2022 update: Due to staffing capacity issues, we will not have a map of installations available this year.