June 1st all parking enforcement resumes (Including meters and time zones).

Due to the fact that City Hall is currently closed you cannot get a residential permit at this time. 

If you currently have a residential permit and your zone has not changed the permit will automatically be extended to June 30, 2021. You do not need to do anything and there will not be an updated sticker for this extension and do not need to come into City Hall.. 

It is anticipated City Hall will reopen to the public June 22, at which point you can get a new zone or initial residential permit. Any tickets you receive for the 1 or 2 hour time zones in your residential zone from June 1st through June 30th will be taken back when you get a residential permit.

Please be aware to enter City Hall you will only be allowed access from the Myrtle Street entrance. Additionally you will have to wear a mask and observe a minimum of 6 ft social distancing.

You can complete the application prior to coming to the office from our website 

When you come in for a permit you must have the following:

  • Maine Drivers’ License matching your address. If it does not match you can call BMV and they will update for free over the phone.
  • Maine Registration matching your address. If it does not match you can bring it to the Treasury Office and they will update for free.
  • ONLY EXCEPTIONS: Portland School Students, Active Duty Military assigned to Portland, Part time resident property owners ($50 fee per vehicle).
  • We do not issue Temporary Permits.

We can be reached Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM at 207-874-8443 or 207-874-8498.

Thames st lot re-openED january 1, 2020 - $10 per day

ocean gateway waterfront lot has now reopened - $15 per day

Parking reminder

Passport Parking app

Find out more about our ​​NEW parking app!


The Parking Division manages on and off street parking to support the safety and parking needs of residents, visitors, businesses, and other departments helping to make Portland a safe, livable, and economically vibrant city.

The consistent and fair enforcement of parking regulations, parking meter management, and the operation and oversight of parking garages and lots are the most visible ways in which we support the city’s mission of “Strengthening A Remarkable City-Building a Community for Life.” Through our assistance in traffic control during emergencies and special events to the administration of the school crossing guide program, we further enhance the public safety needs of our community. We aim to be responsive to the needs of our customers and co-workers, and we strive to provide excellent service at all times.

Parking Regulations

The information on this site is intended to assist you, the motorist, in understanding Portland’s parking regulations and to help you make the most suitable parking arrangement when visiting the city.

Commercial Area Streets

Streets in the commercial areas of the city serve many competing interests. Primarily designed for moving traffic, the general public, delivery trucks, taxis, and buses all vie for space making the urban street one of the most sought-after resources. Parking enforcement is vital to ensure this resource is used to the maximum benefit of the community.

Division Goals

We strive to:
  • Support the on-street parking system by equitably and consistently enforcing the parking regulations
  • Encourage compliance of the city's parking regulations
  • Promote traffic and pedestrian safety
  • Maximize the capacity of the existing parking supply through increased turnover
  • Protect access needed for commerce and public convenience, clear freight loading zones of all day commuters to allow adequate delivery space for commercial businesses, and provide for a more efficient delivery of goods and services
  • Enhance the quality of life in residential neighborhoods by keeping residential areas free of downtown commuters

Bicycle Parking

Click here for a map of bicycle parking locations in the City of Portland.