Proposed "Area Parking Permit Program" Pilot

Page Updated: June 13, 2018

The Boise Neighborhood Association Land Use & Transportation Committee (LUTC) welcomes all neighbors and business owners to the next meeting on Monday June 25, 7-9pm at the Q Center to discuss this proposal.

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What is the proposed pilot program?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is starting the process for an Area Parking Permit Program (APPP) pilot. The goal of this program is to manage parking due to residential and/or commercial growth. The Boise neighborhood requested to be considered to participate. PBOT collected data and determined that our neighborhood meets the parking occupancy qualifications to be considered for this pilot program.

How do we provide input that we want this pilot to happen/not happen?

To become a pilot APPP area, PBOT will conduct a vote of all addresses within the proposed permit program boundaries (see right). 

A ballot will be mailed to all addresses in the zone on Friday June 15. All ballots must be returned by July 13. The results of the vote will be mailed on August 1.

A minimum of 50 percent of ballots must be returned, of which 60 percent must be in favor to move forward with parking permit program.

What does a yes vote mean?

If your neighborhood votes in favor of the proposed APPP, new parking rules will go into effect. Drivers who do not have an Area Parking Permit can park for 2 hours between 10 A.M. to 10 P.M, Monday through Sunday. Vehicles without permits cannot move from space to space, as they are only allowed to park once per day, up to the maximum visitor limit. Residents and businesses in the neighborhood will be able to apply for area parking permits, including daily scratch-off permits for guests. Parkers with these permits can park longer than two hours.
Permits are currently $75 each. 100% of permit fees are dedicated to the administration and enforcement of the parking rules. The fee amount is reviewed annually.
What does a no vote mean? 

If your neighborhood votes against the proposed APPP, no parking permit program will be created and the two-hour visitor limit will not be applied. The neighborhood will have to wait at least one year before it could re-apply to be considered for an area permit program.

For further information you may visit

Or contact PBOT Program Manager: Antonina Pattiz, Parking Operations, 503-823-5347,

An informational Open House was held on June 12 at the Q Center, with 3 opportunities for the public to hear about the program and ask questions. New information was presented at the Open House that the BNA had not previously been informed of, specifically that the pilot would include one year of pre-set parking enforcement standards and program rules that the Citizen Advisory Committee would not be able to change until the second year. These pre-sets would not be able to change prior to the vote happening. The only input the BNA was asked to provide was the proposed boundary. Below is the information provided at the Open House, and some extra information gleaned in the Q&A.

Power Point Presentation


Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Ballot Letter Mailed to Addresses in Proposed Pilot Zone

Notes from Open House:

  • Businesses would get permits for 80% of FTE. Either the business or the employee can pay for it.
  • Guest daily permits cost $1.50 per day.
  • The other proposed pilot is Hawthorne Street, in Sunnyside-Richmond Neighborhood. If we vote no, they inherit our timetable, and the next neighborhood on the list will get this same offer.
  • Residents and business owners questioned why parking enforcement hours were set to 10 pm, and for only 2 hours. The PBOT Parking Enforcement manager said that longer than 2 hours is harder to enforce. 10 pm was deemed appropriate for Mississippi's late night scene.
  • Each address in the zone will get a ballot. That means a landlord who owns a rental house but doesn't live in it may not receive the letter. It also means every apartment unit in the zone will receive a letter.
  • PBOT is allowing the entire neighborhood to be eligible to be on the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), if this passes, based on Boise Neighborhood Association's bylaws for forming a committee. But, only those in the proposed zone can vote to form this APPP.
  • Other blocks next to the APPP could petition to annex into it, by the same process that is used for things like applying for a block party or improving your alley. This would be possible the day after the APPP vote is passed.
  • The purpose of the first year of pre-set program rules is so that the consultant, Lancaster Engineering, can collect data. The data will be used by the CAC to make recommendations for second-year changes.
  • Success after one year isn't expected, but success overall looks like one open parking spot per block. That's about 85% capacity.