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The Business Advocacy Program is designed to provide local business owners, and potential business owners, with a dedicated staff member within City Hall. Current Business Advocate, Ben Hemson, serves as your first point of contact for city related questions, keeps stakeholders in the loop on important developments, and engages members of the business community around relevant city policy or process issues.

Reach out directly with questions, concerns, or feedback:, (541)388-5529 or @BendBizAdvocate.


Over-Length Vehicle Parking Restrictions in Downtown: Here's What You Should Know

Dear Bend Business Owner,

On Wednesday, the Bend City Council affirmed their support for warning and ticketing vehicles that extend beyond the end of striped diagonal parking spots on Bond Street, Wall Street, and Oregon Avenue. Vehicles that impede traffic will be subject to a warning for a first offense and a ticket for a second offense.

So what works and what doesn’t? Where can you park if your vehicle won’t fit in a diagonal space? Read on for more information and answers to some commonly asked questions.

Most vehicles fit within the diagonal spaces downtown as long as they avoid common mistakes like not pulling all the way up to the curb or parking with attached racks and equipment extending into the travel lane. However, there are some vehicles that just won’t fit, 390 of downtown’s approximately 5,200 parking spaces are subject to this enforcement. For vehicles that are too long, too wide, or have a rack or other equipment there are other options throughout downtown.

You can access a downloadable guide and downtown parking map with additional details here, or by clicking on the images below:

Since warnings were first issued this summer, a few common questions have come up from downtown visitors, businesses, and residents:

When did this become a rule? Restrictions on parked vehicles have been in city code for years. Beginning this summer, the City’s parking enforcement contractor began placing warnings on vehicles that exceeded the space length. This was a result of feedback and concerns from businesses and residents during the recently completed Downtown Parking Study.

How long are the stalls? The average diagonal stall downtown is 19.5 feet in length.

Can I pull up on the curb? No, while you should pull your car up to the curb, putting a wheel up onto the curb to fit inside the line will result in a ticket.

I brought up different concerns with downtown parking during the recent study, why haven’t you addressed those yet? When the downtown parking study was completed and accepted by City Council earlier this year it incorporated feedback from numerous stakeholders and created an outline for when specific changes would (or could) be implemented. You can read the study conclusions and next steps here, or stay in the loop on developments at

Downtown Bend is an economic and lifestyle hub for our city, meaning feedback from many community members needs to be taken into account. I hope you won’t hesitate to reach out with any thoughts or questions you may have.

Thank you for doing business in Bend!


Ben Hemson

Business Advocate

City of Bend

(541) 388-5529