Vehicles and Parking

No Parking Sign


If you live in the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District, new enhancements to the Towing and Parking Ordinance took effect on January 1, 2018. If you live in the ESPD and notice any of the following violations, please call non-emergency dispatch: 503-629-0111.




  • No person shall use a vehicle or recreational vehicle for overnight lodging on a public right of way for a period in excess of 48 hours at the same location or within a two-mile radius of the same location.
  • No person shall park a recreational vehicle on a residential street within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District for a period in excess of four days (96 consecutive hours) in any 28-day period.
  • No person shall park a commercial vehicle, as that term is defined in ORS 801.208, on a residential street within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District.
  • No person shall park in front of the entrance of any place where mail is received or within ten feet of a mailbox during the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.
  • A vehicle shall not be parked on a public street or public right of way without license plates, with expired tags, with expired registration, or with expired temporary licensing permit.
  • No person shall park a vehicle in a manner which interferes with use of the right-of-way, the safe flow of traffic or obstructs the view of other drivers.




General, County-Wide Parking Issues

We receive many questions about whether RVs or boat trailers can legally park on neighborhood streets. The calls are often from frustrated neighbors who cannot see easily to back out of their driveway or who are tired of having the road partially blocked.


The solution depends on where you live. If you live in a city, a city ordinance may govern parking in neighborhoods. Use our website to find out who patrols your neighborhood for sure.


If you live in unincorporated Washington County within the Metro Urban Growth Boundary, County Prohibited Parking Ordinance applies. 


In most cases, we recommend first trying to talk to your neighbor. Often neighbors are unaware that their vehicle is causing a problem and they promptly move it. 


If that doesn't work and you believe the vehicle is a hazard, you can call the non-emergency dispatch center at 503-629-0111. The dispatcher will tell you which agency patrols your neighborhood and route your concerns to the appropriate law enforcement agency.


You can find answers to other parking and tow-related issues by using the links at the left. Please feel free to ask if you have questions.