Permit Application Center
555 Liberty St. SE
Room 320
Salem, OR 97301


Mail Payments to:
PO Box 3405
Portland, OR 97208


General Questions
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Permit/License Processing
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Plans Intake
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Do I Need a Permit to Park in Downtown Salem?

If you plan to park in downtown Salem between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. any day except Sundays and legal holidays and you are a student, volunteer, employee, or juror, you are required to purchase a parking permit.

Effective July 1, 2019, if you are a downtown resident who wants to park in a parkade, you are required to purchase a parking permit. Please note, if you are a downtown employee also who has purchased a parking permit for a downtown parking structure, you will only need to purchase one permit.

If you do not follow the rules identified within the Downtown Parking District, you could receive a parking ticket for using free customer parking options when you are not shopping. The fine increases with repeat occurrences.

Downtown Parking District

The Downtown Parking District specifically states you must purchase a parking permit if you fall into one of the following groups:

  • A student, during the time the student is attending class (except the first day).
  • A person working in his or her place of employment.
  • A person engaged in the conduct of his or her business at one location within the Downtown Parking District for two or more consecutive days.
  • A juror of Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Marion County.
  • An unsalaried employee or volunteer who is working within the District.

Part-Time (Employees)

Employees of Salem businesses must also provide their employer contact information. Employees who work less than 25 hours per week are eligible for a part-time parking permit at a lower rate. A letter from your employer verifying your work hours must be submitted when you apply for your permit.

Parking Fees

Monthly parking permits are charged a one-time processing and automation fee.

Permit Type: Carpool
Permit Type: Parkade
Permit Type: Surface Lot

Additional Resources

Map of Downtown Parking