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Licences, Permits & Applications

Renovating your home? You may need a permit. Want to get married? You need a marriage licence. Interested in booking at room at City Hall?  Make sure your group meets the requirements. You might even need to register your pet! Here you'll find details pertaining to a variety of licencespermits and general applications.  

Licenses
Business

Starting a business?  Most businesses require a City of Barrie business licence to operate. Information on Business Licences

Marriage

Getting married? Every marriage in Ontario requires a marriage licence before the actual ceremony takes place. Information on Marriage Licences & Certificates

Pet

All pets over the age of 6 months are required to be licenced.  Fees are reduced for spayed or neutered pets. Register and renew your pet license online or in person.

Registering Your Pet Brochure

Pet Licence Application Form

Liquor

Want a Liquor Licence for your establishment? Download the Liquor Licence Application Questionnaire to get started.

Lottery

Did you know it is illegal to conduct a lottery without a licence?  Find out more and ensure you meet the provincial criteria by referring to the Lottery Licensing By-Law.

  
Permits
Building

Looking to do some renovations or build a shed?  A permit might be required. Information on Building Permits

Event

In addition to municipally run events, the City welcomes a variety of events managed independently. All public events held on municipal property are required to have a Special Event Permit and meet City requirements to ensure a safe and successful event for everyone involved.

Anyone who would like to plan an event on municipal property must first contact the City of Barrie's Special Events Office: 705-739-4285, events@barrie.ca, 56 Mulcaster Street.

Outdoor Burning

If you want to enjoy an outdoor fire this year, you are required to have a fire permit. Full information, including a link to apply onlinem, is available on our Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances page.

Over-Sized Load

Find out the details on how to obtain a single or annual oversize load permit: information on obtaining an Over-Sized Load Permit.

Right Of Way Activity (ROWA)

You need a permit to undertake any activity within a right of way or on public lands within the City of Barrie: Right of Way Activity Permit

Signs

Before you put up any sign including garage sale or birthday signs, review the City’s sign bylaw and see if you might need a sign permit first: Sign Permits Online Application

  
General Applications
BACTS

Full information re eligibility and application process can be found on the Barrie Accessible Community Transportation Service (BACTS) page.

Birth Registration & Certificates
Welcome baby! Details on how to obtain a birth certificate for your new bundle of joy. Information on Birth Certificates & Registration
City Hall Room Bookings

Registered charities and not-for-profit organizations are able to book a meeting room at City Hall. Find out more: City Hall Room Booking Application

Encroachments and Release of Easements

Does your porch or garage encroach on City lands? You need to enter into an encroachment agreement to permit an encroachment. Do you want to install a pool and you have an easement that conflicts? Apply to determine if the easement can be released. 

Application for Encroachment Agreement

Application for Release of Rear Lot Easement

Fire Route Authorization

To permit law enforcement officers to enter a property for the purpose of enforcement with respect to the parking of vehicles in the designated fire route: Fire Route Authorization Form

Handicap Parking Authorization

To permit law enforcement officers to enter a property for the purpose of enforcement with respect to the parking of vehicles in the designated handicap parking spaces: Handicap Parking Authorization Form

Municipal Consent Application

You need to obtain Municipal Consent in order to make any new utility installations within a right of way or on public lands within the City of Barrie: Municipal Consent Application            

Planning: Official Plan or Zoning By-law Amendments

All the information you need to make an application to the City for an Official Plan amendment or a Zoning By-law amendment. As of April 2014, a Pre-Consultation Application and meeting are required prior to the submission/acceptance of an application

Pre-consultation Application

Official Plan & Zoning By-law Amendment Form

Planning: Outdoor Patios, Blade Signage and Awnings

During the summer season, restaurants are able to take advantage of the summer weather with the opportunity to offer an outdoor dining experience amidst the pleasurable Downtown and in proximity to the Kempenfelt Bay waterfront. Restaurant establishments will be able to extend outdoor patios to the edge of the street. Uninterrupted pedestrian traffic flow will be maintained through the provision of temporary sidewalks, designed for pedestrian safety and temporarily located on some on-street parking spaces.

Information and Applications for Outdoor Patios, Blade Signage and Awnings

Planning: Pre-Consultation for Concept Site Plan Review

The City of Barrie provides a pre-consultation service for the review of concept site plans prior to making formal application for Site Plan Approval. The intention is to identify any issues that need to be addressed and to inform the applicant of the City’s interests, fees and the anticipated costs of development, up front.

As of April 2014, a Pre-Consultation Application and meeting are required prior to the submission/acceptance of an application

Development Process

Pre-consultation for Concept Site Plan Review Application

Planning: Site Plan Application

Development of a significant portion of land within the City of Barrie is subject to Site Plan Control. Therefore, applicants must consult City staff to determine if the parcel(s) of land to be developed are located within the City’s Site Plan Control Area. In a designated Site Plan Control Area an application for Site Plan approval is required prior to development.

As of April 2014, a Pre-Consultation Application and meeting are required prior to the submission/acceptance of an application

Development Process

Site Plan Application

Planning: Subdivision

The review and approval of a proposed plan of subdivision for draft plan approval is a process which permits the division of a parcel of land into 1 or more lots/blocks in order for them to be sold.

As of April 2014, a Pre-Consultation Application and meeting are required prior to the submission/acceptance of an application

Pre-Consultation Application 

Application for Approval of Plan of Subdivision 

Application for Approval of Plan of Condominium or Exemption 

Application for Council Review of Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision or Plan of Condominium

Real Estate: Appraisal Calculation of Cash in Lieu of Parkland

The Legal Services Department's Real Estate section provides real property acquisition and disposal, expropriation, market valuation of land, and real property asset management. Application: Appraisal Calculation of Cash in Lieu of Parkland

Real Estate: Road Closing of Purchase Surplus Land

In some specific cases topography, location, or alternate access routes will negate the need for a road, and the road may be considered surplus to the public's needs. If this is the case, the road may be available for sale. The Legal Services Department's Real Estate section provides real property acquisition and disposal, expropriation, market valuation of land, and real property asset management. Application: Road Closing of Purchase Surplus Land

Two-Unit House Registration

The City of Barrie requires every two-unit house within the city to be registered. As part of the registration process, the City will confirm that the two-unit house is legal under the City’s Zoning Bylaw, and that the house complies with several health and safety regulations.

Information on Registering Your Two-Unit House

Vacancy Rebate Program

Are you a commercial or industrial property owner looking for information on the vacancy rebate program? See the guidelines and application form.

Vacancy Rebate Program Application

Vacancy Rebate Program Guidelines