The governing documents for the City are found in the Hillsboro Charter and Municipal Code. Additions/amendments to the municipal code are made by the City Council. The current Charter was adopted by the voters on November 6, 2007 and became effective January 1, 2008.
How do I report a violation of the Municipal Code?
Our Police Department, Code Compliance Unit, handles these matters. Code Compliance officers can be reached via Non-Emergency Dispatch,(503) 629-0111.
What is the curfew law in the City of Hillsboro?
Under 14 and not in high school:
September-May 9:15pm-6:00am all week
June-August 10:15pm-6:00am all week
14-17 and in high school:
September-May 10:15pm-6:00am Sunday-Thursday; 12:00am-6:00am Friday & Saturday (exception is the day prior to a legal holiday where no school is scheduled for the legal holiday)
How do I commend an officer or report concerns regarding officer conduct?
The Hillsboro Police Department is always interested in how our officers do their job. You can commend or report concerns regarding officer conduct by telephone, letter, e-mail or in person. If you wish personal contact, call the Department at 503-681-6190 and ask to speak with a supervisor. Our main location and mailing address is 250 SE 10th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Or Email Us .
A limited amount of chickens (hens only) may be kept in the City with a valid permit
As a resident or tenant am I required to have garbage service in the City of Hillsboro?
No, however, household garbage must be stored in receptacles in such a manner to prevent the contents from overflowing, contain odors, and prevent access by animals
How bad must my neighbor’s tall grass and weeds get before it is in violation?
No owner or person in charge of any lot or parcel of land within the city shall allow grass, weeds or noxious growth in excess of twelve (12) inches in height.
How many dogs or cats can I have in the City of Hillsboro?
You may keep no more than three (3) adult dogs or three (3) adult cats within the City.
Is there a Code that addresses barking dogs?
Yes, under Washington County Animal Code 6.04.260(3) - It is a Class C Civil Infraction for a dog owner or keeper to allow a dog or dogs to cause continuous annoyance for a total of five or more minutes out of any fifteen-minute period after one hundred twenty hours has passed from the date a written notice of continuance annoyance from animal services has been mailed or delivered.
Where can I dispose of unused/unwanted prescription medication?
Turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal at any of these secure drop box locations year-round: Note: No sharps accepted.
Forest Grove Police Department
2102 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove
Sherwood Police Department
20495 SW Borchers Dr., Sherwood
Tigard Police Department
13125 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard
Who do I contact to report a barking nuisance in my neighborhood?
If the dog is still barking you can make a complaint to Code Compliance by calling Non-Emergency Dispatch at (503) 629-0111.
I want to apply for a Restraining Order - can I do this at the Hillsboro Police Department?
No, you must contact the Center for Victim Services at 503-846-3830.
Someone stole my property and my insurance company is requesting a police report - do i need to have an officer take a report or can I just come into the Police department?
If the incident occurred within the City of Hillsboro, the value of the property is under $1,000 and you have no suspect information, you may come to the Hillsboro Police Department and fill out a Community Crime Report. We will give you a case number and a copy of the report for your records.
Who do I call to report a non-emergency crime or to speak with an officer?
All non-emergency calls for service in the Washington County area should be made to the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) at (503) 629-0111. If you wish to leave a message for a specific Hillsboro Police Department officer, you may contact the Records Division at (503) 681-6175 and they will transfer you to the officer's voice mail.
Where can I obtain information on registered sex offenders?
Information can be obtained by calling the Oregon State Police at (503) 378-3720 or by visiting the OSP website
Traffic Laws & Vehicle/Bike Issues
Am I allowed to do vehicle repairs on my vehicle in the street or on my private property?
Repairs on a public street are not allowed but emergency services such as towing, jump starting or changing a flat tire is OK. Vehicles repaired at a private residence must be owned by the resident of the property
Can I block my own driveway?
Yes. It is legal to park in front of a private driveway as long as you have permission from the owner. You may not park so as your vehicle is half in the driveway and half not. Simply put, at no time can your vehicle block the use of the sidewalk.
Can I get more than one citation per day?
Yes. The most common example of this occurring is when a vehicle parks in a two hour space. If the vehicle remains in the space over the two hour time limit, they may be issued a citation. If the car remains there for another two hours, equaling four hours, they could be given another citation commonly known as “twice time allowed”. The registered owner would be responsible for paying both.
Can I park my recreational vehicle, trailer or boat on a city street?
A recreational vehicle, pickup with a camper, towable trailer or boat cannot be parked longer than twenty-four hours on a public street
How far away do I need to safely park from a fire hydrant?
A vehicle must be 10 feet from a fire hydrant and 15 feet from a driveway entrance to a fire station
How long can I park my car on the street?
Unless a restriction is posted, an operable vehicle with current tags may park on a city street if driven at least every 72 hours
In downtown Hillsboro, I often see signs that say “same block face”. What does this mean?
In some areas of Hillsboro where there are time restrictions on parking, you will find signs stating “same block face”. This means after your time limit has expired, you may not park in the same city block for the remainder of the day.
Is it illegal to park facing oncoming traffic?
Yes. Municipal Code states parking is prohibited “on a street such that the front of the vehicle faces oncoming traffic." Many people are curious as to why this is the case. One reason is because to be able to park that way, the vehicle must first cross over into oncoming traffic to both park and leave the space. This can and has, caused vehicle crashes
My house is on a street with 2 hour parking zones - can I get a permit that exempts me from the 2 hour time limit?
Yes, as long as the vehicle registration matches the address for which you are requesting the permit. You will need to come to the Hillsboro Police Department and provide your vehicle registration and driver's license or picture identification. The permit expires two years from the date of issue.
Parking seems to be limited in downtown. Why is that and do you have suggestions to avoid it?
We understand parking downtown can be difficult. We absolutely recommend utilizing Public Transit, i.e. the max, the bus etc to avoid the parking problem all together. Another idea is many parking lots, businesses etc will rent out spaces to individuals in their parking lots. While this will cost some money each month, it may alleviate some headaches and avoid parking citations that can quickly add up.
What are the child safety seat laws?
For information on child weights, heights and how to properly install child safety seats, call the Safety Seat Resource Center at (503) 643-5620 or visit the Child Safety Seat Resource Center website.
What is the difference between a regular handicap space and a van accessible space?
While most people are familiar with the usage of disabled spaces, the van accessible spaces are a bit bigger to accommodate for vans with doors that open to the side. These spaces give the necessary room to maneuver. While a standard handicap placard is sufficient for these spaces as well, be sure to check whether or not there is also a “Wheelchair Only” sign. If so, only people with valid disabled placards indicating they utilize a wheelchair are allowed to park in the space.
What is the law regarding reporting a vehicle accident in Oregon?
811.720 When accident must be reported: You must report your accident if it happened on a highway or premise open to the public, and resulted in any of the following:
More than $1,500 in damage to your vehicle;
More than $1,500 in damage to any one person’s property;
A vehicle towed from the scene as a result of the damage;
Injury to any person (no matter how minor the injury); or,
the death of any person:
The reporting requirements for drivers under ORS 811.725.
The reporting requirements for occupants of vehicles in accidents under ORS 811.735.
The reporting requirements for owners of vehicles under ORS 811.730
Where do I find information on bicycle laws?
To find information about bicycle law and requirements, see Hillsboro Municipal Code 8.28 Bicycles, Skateboards and Toy Vehicles.
Where do I find the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) laws?
For more information on state laws for motor vehicles, call (503) 299-9999 or visit the Oregon DMV website.
We have multiple reasons for the two hour parking. Many downtown businesses especially struggle with a lack of parking in the core which can equal a loss in business if people cannot get to their shops. From a residential aspect, people do not appreciate the same vehicles parking in front of their homes all day, every day. With the Washington County Court House downtown as well that adds congestion and new people looking for parking every day to get their business taken care of. Ultimately, the two hour time limits help keep vehicles on the move, offering parking to a multitude of people for a multitude of different reasons.
If the police department has impounded my vehicle, what do I need to do to get it out of impound?
What if I have a question about the status of my case?
Cases involving criminal acts which appear to have some basis of solvability are referred to the Detectives Division for further investigation. To inquire about your case, call the Hillsboro Police Department Detectives Division at (503) 681-6185. If you know the detective assigned to your case, you may call him or her directly.