Parking is paid in most parts of the cities and in central areas of major villages. Parking meters, on the street, are managed by each municipality and may accept different payment methods, such as coins, parking cards or Apps.

Should you park at a space not allowed or should you fail to complete parking meter payment, your vehicle may be immobilized or towed away by the Police or by the company in charge of supervising parking, in which case you will need to pay fine + towing costs + parking at the Police parking facilities before you are allowed to get your vehicle back.

In Porto, if you need to find out if your car has been towed away and where it is being kept, you can send an SMS to 3838 with the following text: Reboque (space) Vehicle registration plate

You will get an SMS back with the name and location of the park where your vehicle is.

There are also several private and public parking lots, usually more costly than parking on the street.

Resident Subscriptions for Limited Duration Parking Areas (ZEDL)

You can obtain a license allowing you to access and park your vehicle within the parking zone determined for your residence area, without paying parking meter, and with an annual payment.

The license can be obtained at the Gabinete do Munícipe, at Praça General Humberto Delgado, nº 266, Porto.

Contact: +351 222 090 400.

Note: Fees apply to this service.

Occupation of the public space with private parking space for citizens with disabilities

The citizen bearer of disability is allowed to reserve a private parking space in the public road (close to the place of residence or close to the place of work) for his/her vehicle, with an associated registration, which must be properly identified according to the law.

This service is provided by Gabinete do Munícipe, located at Praça General Humberto Delgado, no. 266.

Contacts: +351 222 090 400

Note: No fees are owed for this service. However there are applicable fees if you need more than one parking place.

For this purpose, the citizens with disability must first hold a parking card for people with disabilities, issued by Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes (IMT), located at Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, 485/527.

Contact: +351 808 201 212


The above mentioned card must be placed on the inside of the vehicle which transports the person with disability, by the front windscreen, face out so that all references can be seen.


Blocking/towing of the vehicle – Complaint/suggestion

Should the vehicle have been towed or blocked, a suggestion or complaint about the service provided by the Municipal Police when the blocking/towing occurred may be presented, resorting to paper form (at Gabinete do Munícipe) or online (menu Talk to Us of the Virtual Front Desk).

Complaint/suggestion in paper: Gabinete do Munícipe, located in Praça General Humberto Delgado, no. 266.

Online complaint/suggestion: menu Talk to Us of the Virtual Front Desk, available here.

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