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Vehicles and Parking

The Sheriff’s Office provides a number of services related to vehicles and parking in Washington County. Some services may vary depending on where you are within the county.
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The Sheriff’s Office provides a number of services related to vehicles and parking in Washington County. In addition to enforcing all Oregon Revised Statutes regarding parking violations countywide, Sheriff's deputies also enforce specific rules that vary depending on where you are in the county - for example, some services only apply in unincorporated areas or the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD).

To report an issue or make a request for service, please call our non-emergency dispatch center at 503-629-0111. Dispatchers can direct you to the appropriate agency to address your parking or vehicle concerns.

Parking regulations

Parking within the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District

The Sheriff’s Office enforces parking ordinances within the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD). If you are in the ESPD and notice a vehicle that is not following one of the parking rules listed below, please call our non-emergency dispatch center at 503-629-0111 to report what you have seen.

To find out if you live in the ESPD, enter your address on our map, Who Serves My Neighborhood.

Parking rules in the ESPD:

  • 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 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.
  • 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 am and 5 pm.
  • 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.

Parking in unincorporated Washington County

If you live in unincorporated Washington County outside ESPD and the Metro Urban Growth Boundary, County Prohibited Parking Ordinance 8.16 applies.

RVs and trailers

We receive many questions about whether RVs and trailers can legally park on neighborhood streets. The answer varies depending on location.

  • Within the ESPD, the rules listed above apply. Please call the non-emergency dispatch center at 503-629-0111 to report an RV or trailer that is in violation.
  • In cities, a city ordinance may apply. Contact your city or visit their website to find more information.

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Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned vehicles on a public right-or-way

abandoned vehicles

The Sheriff’s Office can remove abandoned vehicles on a public right-of-way within unincorporated areas of Washington County. If you live in a city, contact your local police department.

A vehicle is considered "abandoned" if it has been on a public street or right-of-way for more than 24 hours and:

  • It appears to be disabled or inoperable, and/or
  • It does not belong to anyone in the immediate area

If a vehicle meets these criteria, please report it by calling the non-emergency dispatch number at 503-629-0111. The dispatcher will need the following information:

  • A description of the vehicle
  • License plate or VIN
  • Location
  • How long it has been there
  • Your name and a contact phone number or address

You must provide your name and a contact phone number or address, or we cannot process your complaint. This information will be kept confidential.

Abandoned vehicles on private property

The Sheriff’s Office is not authorized to tow abandoned vehicles from private property. Oregon Revised Statute 98.830 contains a simple procedure for the owner or person in lawful possession of private property to remove an abandoned vehicle from it.

Check on the status or actions taken on abandoned vehicle reports.

Towed vehicles

There are many reasons for law enforcement to tow a vehicle. For instance, some vehicles are abandoned and considered roadway hazards. Others are towed because the driver was arrested for a specific traffic crime.

If your vehicle has been towed, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office Records Unit at 503-846-2700. A Records Specialist will be able to tell you which tow company has your vehicle and if you need a signed vehicle release prior to retrieving your vehicle. The tow company will require proof of ownership and payment of towing and storage charges before they will release the vehicle.

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FAQs

You have 24 hours from when the car was tagged to remove it from the public right-of-way. If it is still on the right-of-way beyond that, it will be subject to towing. If it is towed, a lien will attach to the vehicle for the tow company’s towing and storage charges. If you do not reclaim the vehicle within a specific time period, it will be disposed of or sold according to law.

If your vehicle was towed at the county's request from public property, you have 15 days from the date of the tow to retrieve your personal belongings from the vehicle without paying towing or storage costs. This does not include anything that is attached to the vehicle.

You have the right to request a hearing if your vehicle was towed or has been tagged to be towed as an abandoned vehicle. Your request must be in writing and be within five days of the date the vehicle was tagged. You must also state the grounds upon which you believe the tow is not justified. Send your request to:

Washington County Sheriff's Office
Attention Abandoned Vehicles Hearings Officer
215 SW Adams Avenue, MS #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Location

Sheriff's Office Headquarters and Jail

215 SW Adams Ave
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Saturday: Closed