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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
  • In ground pool installations
  • Demolition permits

*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 by email application to or in person, 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 10 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. Every Applicant for a Right of Way Activity Permit shall provide and maintain Comprehensive/Commercial General Liability insurance acceptable to the City and subject to limits of not less than two million dollars ($2,000,000) inclusive per occurrence for bodily injury, death and damage to property including loss of use thereof. Such Comprehensive/Commercial General Liability insurance policy shall be in the name of the Applicant and shall name the City of Barrie as an additional insured.  The insurance policy shall remain in place until all warranty requirements are fulfilled. The insurance policy shall contain an endorsement to provide the City with thirty (30) days written notice of cancellation.

  6. Other information may be requested in order to process an application.  Please email  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 $310.00 ($274.34 + $35.66 HST) fee for the issuance of a ROWAP for Utility Works, Pool Installation Permits, or any excavation within the right of way, 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.

2018 ROWAP Fees

Right of Way Activity Payment Required from Applicant for Issuance of a ROWAP
Minor activity accessing the Right of Way
Identified as Landscaping, Disposal Bin, and Tree Removal.
($159.29 + $20.71 HST)
Site Servicing
All sanitary connections for Residential & Commercial Buildings,  Infill Lots & Development projects, City issued contracts and RFQs.
($734.51 + $95.49 HST)
Utility Service Connection"
Previously known as "Service Drop” Permits.
($159.29 + $20.71 HST)
Driveway Widening – Curb Cut
Driveway curb cuts and Demolition Permits.
($115.04+ $14.96 HST)
Special Events $160.00
($141.59+ $18.41HST)
Note: Charges Range from $250.00 to $950.00 for set penalties for offences (related to By-law 2012-173).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a right of way activity permit to work in my front yard?
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?
Each property owner, as per Council Motion 72-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)?
Yes, you will need a right of way permit 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?
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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