News Flash

City News

Posted on: March 19, 2020

City Announces Temporary Changes to Parking Enforcement In Light of Ongoing Pandemic

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

Last Friday, March 13, Portland’s City Manager directed the Parking Division to no longer issue parking tickets for time zones and expired meters for the foreseeable future. Enforcement will continue for illegal parking, which includes blocking the roadway, parking in handicap spaces, blocking fire hydrants, parking in no parking zones, blocking driveways or sidewalks/crosswalks, and double parking. 

“We’re all working under a new normal right now,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “Our message to the public at the time was parking enforcement is a low priority. We said things in this way because at the time we did not want to encourage an excess of people to come downtown given we were hoping people would abide by social distancing in order to lessen the spread of COVID-19.” 

Jennings continued, “Now that Governor Mills has issued the executive order to close restaurants/bars to dine-in and only allow carry out/take out, we feel it is appropriate to be more explicit with the public that we are not ticketing and have not been ticketing unless for unsafe/illegal parking.”

The City would like to remind the public to remember to be respectful of parking spaces in front of businesses so that spaces are available for take-out and delivery services. 

The City’s parking staff is working at half capacity right now in light of this. They are being redeployed to other more essential city operations due to staffing shortages. Those who remain in parking are handling customer service issues, watching out for safety issues, and performing other maintenance related tasks. 

The City has many constituencies who rely on its services and policies around the clock and is doing its best to adapt as quickly as possible given these uncertain times where things are changing every hour. 

For more information, visit

Additional Info...
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News

Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, November 13

Posted on: November 13, 2020
One Climate Change

Council Approves One Climate Future Plan

Posted on: November 13, 2020
ReCode Portland

Council Approves Phase 1 of ReCode

Posted on: November 13, 2020

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day

Posted on: October 30, 2020
National Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted on: October 22, 2020
Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, September 25

Posted on: September 25, 2020
Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, September 18

Posted on: September 18, 2020
Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, September 11

Posted on: September 11, 2020
911 Memorial 1

City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Posted on: September 8, 2020
Friday news round up twitter

City News Round Up for Friday, September 4

Posted on: September 4, 2020
portland news

Portland Farmer's Outdoor Market

Posted on: June 17, 2020
portland news

City Hosts Blood Drive on June 30

Posted on: June 9, 2020
portland news

2019 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

Posted on: February 21, 2020

Absentee Voting Begins in Portland

Posted on: February 6, 2020
Volunteers Needed Picture

Portland Neighborhood Volunteers Needed

Posted on: January 15, 2020
portland news

44th Annual Great American Smokeout

Posted on: November 19, 2019
tree delivery

Tree to arrive in Monument Square

Posted on: November 19, 2019
traffic alert

Washington Avenue New Signal Equipment

Posted on: November 15, 2019
car snow

Winter Storm Reminders

Posted on: November 15, 2019

Portland Names New Police Chief

Posted on: July 25, 2019