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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:

  • Driveway widening/paving/curb cuts
  • Sewer and/or water connection or repairs
  • Culvert installation/removal
  • Heavy machinery crossing curbs, sidewalks or boulevard
  • Landscaping
  • Special events
  • In ground pool installations
  • Building Demolition
  • Rental of parking stalls/lots
  • Utility works

    If you are unsure whether your work requires a permit contact the office at the number above. 

    Right-of-Way Activity Permits must be available at the location of work during the permitted occupancy.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Application for a right of way activity permit is made by completing the relevant application form (see downloads section). Only the persons performing the intended work are able to apply for a permit.
  2. A completed application can be submitted through email, at any time, to engineering.rowap@barrie.ca or in person at the Operations Centre – 165 Ferndale Drive North, Monday through Friday 8:00am through 4:00pm (holidays excepted)
  3. All permits are processed based on a queued priority system. An application will only be advanced ahead of other submissions from the same applicant.
  4. All applications are subject to processing timelines, permits are not issued at the time of application. Standard processing timelines are dependent on the scope, duration and impacts of the intended work.
    • Normal processing timelines are 5 business days from the date that a complete application is submitted.
    • Work that includes closure of a roadway or other public facility may require up to 15 additional business days for processing to allow for coordination with other departments.
  5. Right-of-Way Activity Permits are not transferable to another person, or persons.
  6. Plans, file numbers or other cross-references such as Municipal Consents and Site Alteration Permits should be provided at time of application if the proposed works are part of a development project or utility installation.
  7. Upon receipt of a request to work on a right-of-way or public lands, the applicant may be required to provide their business license as proof of eligibility to work in the City of Barrie. 

    Other information may be requested in order to process an application.

Required Documentation

All applications must include a copy of Comprehensive/Commercial General Liability insurance naming the City of Barrie as additional insured in the amount of 2 million dollars per the ROWA By-law. A Traffic Control Plan is applicable where traffic flow (vehicle or pedestrian) may be interrupted. Both the insurance and Traffic Control Plan must remain valid for the duration of the intended work.

How Much Does It Cost?

The applicant is required to pay a fee based on the type and the scope of the intended right of way activity. The applicant may be required to provide a performance deposit (security) with the City of Barrie if the intended activity is deemed to present a significant risk of causing adverse impacts to City property. This deposit will be determined by the City of Barrie as deemed suitable to restore any adverse impacts or actions needed to protect the public. Security deposits may be held for a period of one year following completion of work to ensure latent impacts to City property or public safety can be addressed.

Right of Way Activity

Minor activity accessing the Right of Way
Identified as Landscaping, Disposal Bin, and Tree Removal.

​“Minor activity accessing the Right of Way
Identified as Utility Works, Pool installation, any excavation within the right of way.
Site Servicing
All sanitary connections for Residential & Commercial Buildings,  Infill Lots & Development projects, City issued contracts and RFQs.
Utility Service Connection"
Previously known as "Service Drop” Permits.
Driveway Widening – Curb Cut
Driveway curb cuts and Demolition Permits.
Special Events
Pavement Degradation Fee” 
All work involving one or more road cuts, based on road type and age.

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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