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Parking in Greater Portland Maine

Convenient parking garages & downtown lots for an easier visit to Maine

Gateway Garage

Gateway Garage

Portland
Automated facility open 24/7 offering daily and monthly parking.
 Ocean Gateway Garage

Ocean Gateway Garage

Portland
Portland’s fully automated garage open 24-hours a day, 7-days per week.

Gateway Garage

Portland
Automated facility open 24/7 offering daily and monthly parking.

Ocean Gateway Garage

Portland
Portland’s fully automated garage open 24-hours a day, 7-days per week.

Casco Bay Garage
Portland
54 Commercial St
 
Elm Street Parking Garage
Portland
2 Elm St
 
Holiday Inn by the Bay Garage
Portland
88 Spring St
Spring Street Parking Garage
Portland
45 Spring St
 
Temple Street Garage
Portland
11 Temple St
 
Casco Bay Garage
Portland
54 Commercial St
Elm Street Parking Garage
Portland
2 Elm St
Holiday Inn by the Bay Garage
Portland
88 Spring St
Spring Street Parking Garage
Portland
45 Spring St
Temple Street Garage
Portland
11 Temple St



Pay stations

Parking pay station receipts can be used at any metered space throughout the city. You can stay in a spot for up to two hours, or move spots within the time limit, and have the receipt still be valid. After the two hours are up, the vehicle must be moved to a new spot, and a new ticket must be purchased.


Parking Meters

If you use a regular parking meter, the rates are 3 minutes for each nickel, 6 minutes for each dime, and 15 minutes for each quarter, with a 2 hour maximum on the spot. After two hours, your car must be moved to a new spot. If a meter is defective, it may be reported to the Parking Division at (207) 874-8498.


Parking Fines

Some common fines include:

$15 for expired meter

$20 for extended period parking

$30 for double parking or obstructing traffic

$30 for parking on the wrong side of the street

$30 for parking in a non-parking zone

$200 for parking in a disabled zone without the proper placard or license plate

$30 for parking more than 18 inches from curb


Booting Policy

A vehicle with three or more unpaid tickets may have their car booted if ticketed with another violation. In order to have the boot removed, the owner must first repay all parking tickets, on top of a $50 boot fee. At 5:00pm the city will begin towing and impounding booted vehicles at the owner’s expense.


Always park at least ...

10 ft from a fire hydrant

5 ft from both sides of a driveway

25 ft from an intersection

20 ft from the center of the crosswalk

Always park less than 18 inches from the curb

Never park against the flow of traffic


To pay a parking ticket in Portland

You can either do it in person, Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm at the Treasury Office Room 102 at Portland City Hall at 389 Congress Street; or by mail by sending your ticket payment to:

Portland City Hall

Treasury Office, Room 102

389 Congress St.

Portland, ME 04101

or pay online through the City of Portland website:  www.portlandmaine.gov/355/Online-Parking-Ticket-Payments

If you have any questions about your violation, call (207) 874-8910


Motorcycle & Moped Parking

The city has alloted special areas to be used exclusively for motorcycles and mopeds only, allowing them to park on the street for up to 10 hours for free without having to move them.

The motorcycle/moped parking spaces are on the following streets

Bramhall St. at Hill St.

Chandler’s Wharf on Commercial Street

Commercial St. at Cross St.

Union Wharf on Commercial St.

Congress St. at Atlantic St.

Congress St. at Myrtle St.

Federal St. at Market St.

High St. between Spring and Congress Streets

High St. at Deering Street

Market St. at Middle St

72 Oak Street (between Congress St. and Cumberland Ave)

Pine St. at Winter St.

Fore St. at Silver St.

Spring St. Southside near Union St.

State St at Deering St

Free St at Temple St. (near Dunkin Donuts)

Motorcycles and mopeds can also park at metered spaces, and multiple two wheeled vehicles can use the same space as long as the meter is fed. When expired, all vehicles in the space can be ticketed.


RV Parking Options

There is no overnight RV parking in Portland (Downtown City). For overnights, contact Wassamki Springs Campground that is 9 miles from Downtown Portland.

For RVs, Motorcoaches, Tour Buses, Tractor Trailors they can park in the URP designations. The one on West Commercial St. is on the side of the road between Benny’s Clam Shack and the signs of Portland Yacht Services, preferably on the water side, but it’s OK on either side. The other is on Marginal Way between Plowman St. and Cove St. down by the U-Haul on the 295 side of the street. Please note that U-Haul usually takes this whole space up with their overflow though.

On Commercial Street, on the water side on either side of where Center St. intersects there are 2-4 spaces (depending on the size of the vehicles). It says "5 Min. Idling Tour Bus Parking Only”. That means they have to turn their engines off after 5 minutes, but they can park there "unlimited time”.

Ocean Gateway Visitor Parking Lot at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Downtown Portland Waterfront. Parking for building usage purposes only. Information, brochures, or bathrooms.


Trailer and the like parking (fix title)

Boats, campers, trailers, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, or any other similar vehicle may not be parked on any street for more than 24 hours in any seven-day period. Violators may be ticketed and/or towed.


Park and Shop

Through the Park and Shop program, shoppers in Portland can receive up to two hours of free validated parking in 15 participating parking garages throughout the downtown area, just by bringing your ticket and having it stamped at participating businesses with purchase.  http://portlandmaine.gov/461/Park-Shop-Program


Free Parking

Metered street parking is free between the hours of 6 pm and 6 am (though overnight parking is dictated by red and white street signs), as well as all day Sunday and public holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).


Overnight Parking

On the peninsula, overnight parking areas are designated by certain street signs. Park by the red and white signs to avoid being ticketed and/or towed. Parking is free between the hours of 6 pm and 9 am.


Snow Bans

During the winter months, the City of Portland implements parking bans for snow plowing and removal throughout the city. These snow bans are in effect from 10 pm until 6 am the following morning, but these are subject to change under more extreme conditions. All vehicles left on the street during a parking ban will be towed at the owner’s expense. The snow impound lot can be reached at (207) 774-3025

To find out if a snow ban is in effect you can:

1.    Call the winter parking ban telephone number (207) 879-0300

2.    Look at the sign on top of the Time and Temperature Building on Congress St which will flash "Park Ban”

3.    View the illuminated "Parking Ban In Effect”signs located at several intersections leading into the city

4.    At the city website portlandmaine.gov

Where to park during a snow ban

1.    Deering Oaks on the tennis court road only

2.    State St. grael lot abutting Deering Oaks

3.    Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot

4.    Hadlock Field Parking lot

5.    All Portland Public School parking lots EXCEPT the Reiche School lot which abuts the school and playground

6.    Cutter St. lots off of the Eastern Promenade

7.    Beach St. lot accessible from Commercial St.

8.    Lot opposite International Marine Terminal, corner of Commercial and park Strets

9.    Western Promenade-Bowdoin to West Street on the waterside

10.  Eastern Promenade-Turner to East End School property light pole 33 (waterside)

11.  Marginal Way-Plowman to Diamond Street (waterside)

12.  Most parking garages will be open for extended hours during snow bans at a reduced rate

Vehicle owners must remove their vehicles by 7am, seven days a week

In the downtown area, snow is usually removed on nights following snowstorms, which calls for an additional parking ban in the downtown area. This yellow zone area is the district bounded by Cumberland Ave, Franklin St. Commercial St. and State St. Look for yellow zone signs, flashing signs, and tripods. All cars parked in the yellow zone during the parking ban will be towed.  If your car is towed during the yellow zone parking ban, call (207) 874 8443 or (207) 874-8575. Vehicles towed during the yellow zone ban are brought to individual impoundment lots owned by the towing companies. All outstanding parking tickets over ten days old must be paid at City Hall during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm) or at the Police Department after these business hours. An $85 tow fee will be charged by the tow company, along with a $35 impound fee, and a $35 ticket.

www.portlandmaine.gov/393/Snow-Bans


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