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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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FAQ on Portland's disabled parking rules

Pay to park rules for disabled parking take effect July 1, 2014.  Here are answers to frequently asked questions (This page will be updated based on questions and feedback from the public)


Q: If I get a permit, do I have to renew my permit every month?

A: For now, if you have a resident or employee permit, you must renew your permit every month.  In the future, we will look at other ways to improve issuing permits.  Currently, when you receive your permit, we include a renewal form for the next month's permit.

Q: If I park in one of the 50 designated disabled parking spaces or 30 wheelchair-only spaces, can I park all day?

A: No. Designated spaces have been installed to improve access for people with disabiilties but they are not meant to be all-day spaces.  Please observe the metered time limit and ensure that you and others can use these spaces for their short-term parking needs.

Q: I'm interested in using the scratch-off permit instead of parking at the meter, can you tell me how they work?

A: When you purchase a scratch-off permit, you tell us which time limit you wish:  1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours or all-day. And you tell us in which district you wish to park:  downtown, Central Eastside or Lloyd District.  We will issue you a scratch-off card with those choices marked off. When you are ready to use a permit, just scratch off the date and time you need.  Individual permits can only be used once. Their price is identical to the parking meter price.   Call (503)823-2777 to obtain a permit and for other questions regarding disabled parking. 

Q: I live out of state, do you honor my disabled parking permit?

A: Yes we do. If your state offers a general disabled parking placard, follow the same parking regulations as people with Oregon disabled placards. If your state offers a wheelchair placard, you may park in any metered space 30 minutes or longer without a fee or time limit. You can find those regulations on our main page or in this brochure.