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Right Of Way Activity Permit

No person shall undertake any activity within a right of way or on public lands within the City of Barrie without a permit.

When Do I Need a Permit?

Examples of activities requiring a permit:

  • Sewer and/or water connection or repairs
  • Curb cuts
  • Culverts installation/removal
  • Curbs, sidewalks or boulevard work
  • Storage/disposal bins located on the right of way
  • Special events

*Please note these are common examples and are not the only reasons for application. If you are unsure whether your work needs a permit contact the office at the number below. 

The applicant must have the Right of Way Activity Permit available at the location of the occupancy at all times during the permitted occupancy.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Application for right of way activity is to be made at the Operations Centre, 165 Ferndale Drive North, or by fax at (705) 739-4260 during normal working hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday).  
  2. Right of Way Activity applications must be submitted a minimum of 5 days in advance. Should a Road Closure (full or partial) be required, an additional 5 days MINIMUM notice for arterial or collector roads and 2 days MINIMUM notice for local roads is needed. Advance submission allows for administrative processing, and the timely issuance of notices. Full road closures may take up to 6 weeks to process if Council approval is required. No works shall be permitted to start until 2 days after the permit is issued. Please take in to account the time restrictions on the permit and plan work accordingly.
  3. An application for a ROWAP shall be made in the name of the person, or persons, performing the intended work and not in the name of an agent.  Right of Way Activity Permits are not transferable to another person, or persons.
  4. Upon first receipt of a request to work on a right-of-way or public lands, the following basic information is required for the preparation of conditions and security:

    Applicant’s full company name and project owner (name, address and phone)

    • Contractor Information
    • Detailed description of proposed works (location and activity)
    • Plan numbers, file numbers and other cross-references (for Municipal Consents, and development related works)
    • Proposed schedule
    • Insurance Certificate naming City of Barrie as additional insured.
    • Licenses to work in the City of Barrie. (Business licenses, check with Clerk’s Office).
    • Traffic Management Plan
    • (NEW) Email Address with the Oversized Load Application
  5. Other information may be requested in order to process an application.  Please email engineering.rowap@barrie.ca  for more information.     

The application is forwarded to personnel for development of conditions and preparation of the Right of Way Activity Permit.

How Much Does It Cost?

The applicant is required to pay a $246..61 ($218.24 + $28.37 HST) fee for the issuance of a ROWAP, and may be required to provide a performance deposit (security) with the City of Barrie.  This deposit will be in the amount to be determined by the City of Barrie as being sufficient to cover the costs to restore and make good all disrupted areas, as well as to protect the public.  Securities may be held for a one year period after the work is complete.

New! Reduced Right of Way Activity Permit fees are now available for “Curb Cut Permits” as identified below:

For driveway widening's, the applicant is required to pay a $113.00 ($100.00 + $13.00 HST) fee for issuance of a ROWAP.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a right of way activity permit to work in my front yard? Answer
Yes, you may need a permit. Many property owners don't realize that the City owns the land between the curb and your property line. Depending on many factors, your property could start up to 3 metres back from the sidewalk. Check your survey to see where your property line is.
Why do I have to pay to replace my sanitary sewer service? Answer
Each property owner, as per Council Motion 73-P-303, is responsible for maintenance and repair of their sanitary sewer line from the sewer main out on the street into their building.
Do I need a ROWA permit for access to my property, though the work is not on city property (i.e. Pool installs)? Answer
Each situation is different, but if any machinery will be on City property or will be moving around on City property a permit will be needed. It is recommended to inquire on a situational basis. If you are unsure, one of our staff will be glad to let you know if a permit is required.
I don't know how to make a traffic control plan; is this required? Answer
This is required for any occupancy that will be on the right of way that will impede traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular). We have provided an informational traffic control template (see Downloads section on this page) that can be used to aid in the creation of a traffic control plan. More information on traffic control can be found from the MTO traffic library. (Search Ontario Traffic Manual (book 7).

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