Monthly Parking Available at the Elm Street Parking Garage
Residential Parking Permits
If you currently have a residential permit and your zone has not changed the permit will automatically be extended to June 30, 2021. No action is required on your part, and you will not be issued a new sticker. There is no need to come to City Hall to renew your sticker.
All parking enforcement has resumed as of June 1, including meters and time limits.
Due to the fact that City Hall is currently closed you cannot get a residential permit at this time.
City Hall is currently scheduled to reopen to the public July 20. The Parking Division will be open for in person business beginning June 22, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.Any tickets you receive for the 1 or 2 hour time zones in your residential zone from June 1st through August 11th 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 https://portlandmaine.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1363/Residential-Parking-Application
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 - $15 PER DAY. Will be closed August 4, 5, 6 for high school graduations. all vehicles must be removed for that time period.
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.
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.
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
Click here for a map of bicycle parking locations in the City of Portland.