Frequently Asked Questions

Can a semi truck/trailer or commercial vehicle park in the street?

Any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 10,000 pounds is not allowed to be parked/stored on the public right-of-way in Gresham unless it is specifically posted allowing such parking or is actively loading or unloading.  Gresham Revised Code 8.25.01 

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Can I have chickens? What about other livestock?

Chickens are allowed on property zoned Low Density Residential (LDR-5, LDR-7, LDR-PV, LDR-SW). Some restrictions apply and a permit is required. Gresham Revised Code 7.17 Other poultry and livestock are allowed in some residential designations within the city. There is no restrictions on type or number. There is, however, a requirement that the animals be kept at a minimum of 100 feet from any neighboring residence. Gresham Development Code 4.0150 

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Can I park my motorhome, trailer, etc. on the street?

You are allowed to park motorhomes, trailers, boats or other recreational vehicles on the public right-of-way immediately adjacent to your street frontage for up to 72 hours.  Gresham Revised Code 8.25.010

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How do I pay a parking ticket or contest a parking ticket?

You can pay your parking violation by check or money order, and use the envelope provided with the citation.  You may also pay by credit card by calling 503-988-3776.  To contest the citation you have two choices: send the penalty amount with a written explanation in the envelope provided.  This constitutes a waiver of your right to a hearing.  The court will either refund your payment or forfeit all or part of it. You may also request a hearing by contacting the Circuit Court for Multnomah County Parking Unit at 1021 S.W. Fourth St., Room 106, Portland.

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How do I report an abandoned vehicle and what happens after that?

Report the vehicle to Code Compliance. Please provide an exact address or a street and cross street location. We request that you also provide the make and model, color and license plate/state of the vehicle. If the Code Inspector believes the vehicle to be abandoned, it will be tagged for impound and/or issued a parking citation. The Code Inspector will return to the vehicle three business days from the date of tagging. If the vehicle is still present, the vehicle will be towed. The tow company has 24 hours from the time we request the tow to remove the vehicle from the location.  Gresham Revised Code 8.05.020

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I live near a business and there is a humming noise that goes all night.  Who do I call?

The noise being generated by the business may be in violation of the City's noise ordinance and should be reported to Code Compliance.  Gresham Revised Code 7.20.040 

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I reported a vehicle that has been parked on the street for an extended period of time.  Why has it not been removed?

If a vehicle is "street legal" (appears operational and has current license plate tags and no other violations) it may park anywhere on the public right-of-way for a period of 72 hours without moving. The exception to this is if the vehicle is parked immediately adjacent to the registered owner's address; the vehicle can be parked at that location without moving as long as it remains street legal and does not become a problem for the street sweeper. After the vehicle is reported, a Code Inspector will mark it for re-inspection in 24-hours to see if it moves. If it does not, the vehicle will be issued an impound notice, giving the owner three business days to move it or it will be towed. Gresham Revised Code 8.25.010

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I want to cut a tree down on my property.  Do I need a permit?

If the tree is a "street tree" (planted in the planter strip or within 10 feet of a public right-of-way if there is no planter strip) you must obtain a permit prior to removal.  If the tree is located elsewhere on a fully developed lot you may cut down up to three regulated trees (8" or more in caliper) per calendar year.  More information is available on the Tree Resource page of the City's website.  If you have further questions, contact the Planner on Duty, 503-618-2780, prior to removal of any tree.  Gresham Development Code 9.1010

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I want to pass out fliers concerning my business.  Is this okay?

Distribution of pamphlets and fliers within the city limits of Gresham is not regulated by the City.  Gresham Revised Code 7.15.040

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I want to take my own garbage to the dump.  Is that okay?

City code allows a property owner to self-haul garbage as long as it is done weekly as an exception to the requirement for garbage service. The City may ask you for proof of self-hauling at any time. If you own a residential rental property you are required to provide garbage service for your tenants; it must be in your name and billed to you.  Gresham Revised Code 7.15.040 

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Is it okay to park head in on a cul-de-sac?

It is illegal to park a vehicle head first into a cul-de-sac or any other street in Gresham that is not so marked. Vehicles must be parked with the passenger side along and near the curb (within 12 inches). See Gresham Revised Code 8.05.030.  

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My home/business was "tagged" with graffiti.  Who removes this?

It is the property owner's responsibility to remove graffiti. You should also file a police report.  Gresham Revised Code 7.80.050

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My neighbor has a trailer on their property and are letting their relatives live in it.  Is this okay?

Living in a trailer on a residential lot is considered camping.  Unlawful camping is a violation of City code.  No one may "camp" on private property without permission of the property owner and for no longer than 72 hours.  Gresham Revised Code 7.10.165

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My neighbor keeps parking in my space in front of my home.  What can I do?

The public right-of-way area in front of your home is not owned/specified for parking for your specific residence. Anyone with a street legal vehicle may park there.  However, only vehicles registered to your address may park there over 72 hours.  Gresham Revised Code 8.25.010

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My neighbor owns a motorhome and parks it on their property.  It is not behind a fence or behind the front of their home.  What can be done?

Recreational vehicles (motorhomes, campers, boats) on residential property must be parked on an improved, compacted surface, including the driveway.  If parked in front of the face of the house, it must be on the driveway.  Otherwise, it must be parked in the side or rear yard.  If the property is a corner lot, the vehicle cannot be parked within the clear vision zone.  Second driveway approaches to property must be approved by City, if not using existing approved driveway access.  Gresham Revised Code 8.25.050 and Gresham Development Code A5.503

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My neighbors grass, bushes, shrubs, blackberry vines are coming into my yard.  What can I do?

It is a City code violation to allow these types of vegetation to extend across property lines.  You can report this violation to Code Compliance.  Gresham Revised Code 7.15.040 

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My neighbor's home was tagged with graffiti.  How do I get them to remove it?

It is the property owner's responsibility to remove graffiti. Report the location of the graffiti to Code Compliance, and include a picture when reasonable.  Gresham Revised Code 7.80.050 

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My neighbors keep parking their vehicles on their lawn.  Isn't this illegal?

Like recreational vehicles, any vehicle on residential property must be parked on an improved, compacted surface, including the driveway. If parked in front of the face of the house, it must be on the driveway. Otherwise, it must be parked in the side or rear yard. If the property is a corner lot, the vehicle cannot be parked within the clear vision zone. Second driveway approaches to property must be approved by City, if not using existing approved driveway access. Gresham Revised Code 8.25.050 and Gresham Development Code A5.503

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My neighbors tree limbs are extending over onto my property and causing problems.  Can I trim the tree?

City code does not regulate trees extending over/onto neighboring property.  You should discuss this matter with your neighbor.

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Someone dumped a couch in the middle of the street.  Who do I call to get it removed?

Report illegal dumping in the public right-of-way to Metro's RID Patrol at 503-234-3000.  Gresham Revised Code 7.27.040  

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The dog down the street is constantly barking.  Who do I call?

Call Multnomah County Animal Control, 503-988-3066 or contact East Metro Mediation for assistance.  Gresham Revised Code 7.35.010 and Multnomah County Code 13.305

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The house/vacant lot across the street has tall grass.  What can I do?

City code requires grass and weeds to be maintained at a height of 10 inches or less. You can report this violation to Code Compliance.  Gresham Revised Code 7.15.040

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The neighbor next door continues to play loud music, has loud parties, band etc.  Who do I call?

Call the police non-emergency line 503-823-3333, option 3, option 5 to report loud noise between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Report day-time noise (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) to Code Compliance or contact East Metro Mediation for assistance.  Gresham Revised Code 7.20.040

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When I am walking on the sidewalk or driving on the street there are some limbs on trees that are too low.  What can be done?

City code requires that trees be trimmed to 8 feet over the sidewalk and 12 feet over the street. Please report potential violations to Code Compliance. Gresham Revised Code 7.15.040 

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