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Drivers Reminded Not to Park Near Mailboxes
Hillsboro residents will receive mail more reliably thanks to a recent Parking Code amendment that prohibits parking near public and private curbside cluster mailboxes in the City of Hillsboro.
The Parking Code change will help everyone enjoy easier mail delivery and pick-up by maintaining 11 feet of clearance in both directions from a curbside cluster mailbox. The parking restrictions apply between 8 am and 6 pm throughout the week, except for Sundays and federal holidays.
A series of concerns reported by residents who experienced problems with vehicles parking and blocking their mailbox prompted the change to the Parking Code. When a mailbox is blocked, a mail delivery person has two options: get out of their vehicle and hand deliver the mail, which slows delivery, or the delivery person can skip mail delivery for the day, depriving residents from receiving their mail. If a mailbox is continually blocked, mail service can be discontinued permanently at the mailbox.
Residents who experience mailbox blocking have three options:
- Contact Hillsboro Public Works Department at 503-681-6146 to request a “No Parking” sticker be placed on your mailbox as a reminder to other residents
- Reach out to the person committing the action and ask them to comply with the new regulation
- Contact Hillsboro Code Compliance at 503-615-6645 for enforcement of the new regulation
City staff will not install stickers at every mailbox, but will consider placement of stickers upon request.
The City also reminds residents of the following areas where parking on public streets is prohibited:
- on a sidewalk
- in a bike lane
- on or within 20 feet of a marked or unmarked crosswalk
- in front of a driveway
- within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
- within 50 feet up to the approach of a stop sign, yield sign, traffic signal, flashing signal or any other traffic control device if your vehicle obstructs the view of the signal or traffic control device
Violations to these and any other City of Hillsboro parking ordinance can result in a parking citation.You can find more information on parking restrictions in the City of Hillsboro.