Parking Basics

Report parking problems to the Non-Emergency Police Line at 503.629.0111

Common Parking Violations

•Parking in or blocking a bike lane, sidewalk, crosswalk, driveway access or intersection. (ORS 811.550)
•Parallel parking facing the wrong direction; even in a cul-de-sac. The passenger side should be against the curb. (ORS 811.570)
•Parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
•Parking or stopping in No Parking areas.
•Parking within 50 feet of a stop sign or traffic signal with a vehicle that blocks the device or obstructs it from view.
•Parking a vehicle “For Sale” on the street or repairing a vehicle on the street. (TMC 8-1.160 (2)(a))
•Parking over 72 continuous hours on the street or storing a vehicle on the street. (TMC 8-1.260)
•Parking on landscaping, yard or any area that is not an improved surface for parking. (TMC 6-13.040)
•Creating a temporary driveway using plywood, carpet, bark dust, or other materials to park on. (TMC 6-13.040)
•Parking an inoperable vehicle outside of a fully enclosed garage for more than 5 days. (TMC 6-4.150 & TMC 6-13.040)
•Parking an abandoned vehicle on the street for over 24 hours. Abandoned and hazardous vehicles can be towed at the owner’s expense. (ORS 819)
•Parking in a marked space for persons with disabilities. Permits must be conspicuously displayed. (ORS 811.615)

Please note: TMC 6-13-040 pertains to rental properties.


Where can I park?

Paved driveways are the correct place to park operable and regularly driven vehicles. Vehicles driven on a daily basis or at least every 3 days can be parked on the street.


Downtown Core Area Parking

Five parking lots are located in the Core Area Parking District and provide a variety of short and long-term parking based on location and the type of businesses in the immediate vicinity. Enforcement of time zones is done to insure that the short-term spaces are available for customers. Violators are subject to fines, or in the event of multiple violations without payment of the citation, possible booting of their vehicle. 


Permits For Parking

If you need to store a dumpster, shipping container (i.e. Pod) or similar non-movable item on the street for more than 3 days it will require an approved 21 day Storage on the Street Permit Application below.


Residential Permit Parking Zones

Permits are required to be displayed during school days between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the following residential subdivisions near Tualatin High School: Waterford, which includes SW 94th Terrace, SW 93rd Terrace, SW Palouse Lane, SW Skokomish Lane and Moccasin Run, which includes SW Ibach Court. Residents may obtain permits by completing the Residential Permit Parking Application below.  (TMC 8-1.252). To request your street or neighborhood have residential permit parking zones created contact City Council.



Parking tickets can range from $97.00 to $160.00 for each occurrence. Abandoned or hazardous vehicles can be towed at the owner's expense. (ORS 811 & 819)

City downtown/core area tickets range from $10 to $50 and if not paid within 10 days, double. Unpaid tickets can result in the vehicle being booted and towed. (TMC 8-1.360)

City ordinance fines are up to $500.00 per day or occurrence. This includes storage on the street, parking over 72 hours on the street, parking on the landscaping and inoperable vehicles stored outside of a garage. (TMC 8-1, 6-4, 6-13 & 7-1.050)


If You Receive a Citation or Warning

Correct the parking violation immediately to avoid further fines or citations. For a citation follow the instructions on the ticket and make sure to appear for the Municipal Court date and/or pay fines on time.


VEHICLE: Vehicle means any device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway and includes vehicles that are propelled or powered by any means but does not include a manufactured structure. 
(ORS 801.590) (TMC 6-13)

ABANDONED VEHICLE: A vehicle is considered abandoned if it’s parked on a public right-of-way (street) for more than 24 hours and one or more of the following criteria apply:

  •     It appears disabled or is inoperable.
  •     It does not belong to somebody in the immediate area. (ORS 819)

INOPERABLE OR DISREPAIR: Inoperable includes a vehicle that is broken down or not legal for operation on public streets. Major disassembly or disrepair means that the vehicle is missing tires or wheels, body parts, in the process of being stripped or dismantled or is otherwise visibly unable to be driven. Vehicles with expired registration, missing license plates or missing parts required by law are a "red flag" that a violation exists.Visit Oregon DOT / Equipment for more information about motor vehicle safety standards. 


Codes and Laws

The violations listed are only excerpts of the laws. For more information review the Tualatin Municipal Code and Oregon Revised Statutes.

Report parking problems to the Non-Emergency Police Line at 503.629.0111 

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Storage on the Street
Abandoned Vehicle on Private Property
Inoperable Vehicle
Abandoned Vehicle