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Permits, Licences, & Applications

Here you'll find details pertaining to a variety of licences, permits and general applications, administered by departments across the City.

We want to improve the Business Licence Application Process!

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Business Licence Process Improvement Customer Experience Survey. Your feedback will help us make improvements to the process.


Most businesses require a City of Barrie Business Licence. Please refer to the by-laws listing to view up-to-date versions of the by-laws listed below and determine if your business requires a licence. 

  • Business Licensing By-Law (General)​
  • Business Licensing By-law (Transportation)

Please contact Enforcement Services at 705-739-4241 with inquiries about licensing your business.


Getting married? Every marriage in Ontario requires a marriage licence before the actual ceremony takes place. Get the details on marriage licences and certificates.


The City introduced Lifetime Registration in 2016, where pet owners pay one fee to register their pet for life. The one-time fee replaces the previous annual licensing fees. Online Pet Registration is available online or in person. Full information is available on The Law & Your Pets.


There are 3 steps to getting a Liquor Licence in the City of Barrie:

1.  Apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

2.  Submit a Municipal Information Form (MIF) and Liquor Licence Questionnaire to the City of Barrie.

  • Applications must be submitted to the Legislative and Court Services Department, Legislative Services at 70 Collier Street, Barrie in person during regular business hours.
  • Please be aware that the questionnaire is circulated to various stakeholders and response from the City to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will take up to 30 days.  For further information contact Service Barrie at 705-726-4242

3.  Get a Restaurant/Tavern Licence with the City of Barrie

  • Business Licence applications can be obtained from Enforcement Services at 45 Cedar Pointe Drive, 705-739-4241 or online (see above Business section)
  • For a Restaurant/Tavern Licence various inspections must be completed such as:
  • I.   Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Inspection and the production of a Liquor Licence Letter;
  • ii.  Planning & Building Department, Building Services inspection and production of a Load Occupancy Report;
  • iii. Barrie Fire and Emergency Services Department inspection and production of a Load Occupancy Report
  • Zoning will need to be consulted to ensure that your property is properly zoned for the use proposed.  For further information, contact the Planning and Building Department, Planning Services at  705-739-4208 or visit 70 Collier Street, Barrie.

All three steps can be started at the same time, they don't need to be completed in the order listed above.  A checklist for the process has been created for your convenience.


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.

Building Permits

Building permits give legal permission to begin construction, subject to other required municipal approvals. Building permits ensure that the proposed construction will meet the minimum life and fire safety requirements contained within the Building Code. Obtaining a permit is the law and allows Building staff to double check the important life safety features for your project.​

Related page: Home Renovations & Projects

Event Permit

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,, 56 Mulcaster Street.

Outdoor Burning Permit

If you want to enjoy an outdoor fire, you are required to have a burn permit.

Oversize Load Permit

Find out the details on how to obtain a single or annual Oversize 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. Property owner or contractors must obtain a Right of Way Activity Permit before commencing work. Utility companies must obtain a Municipal Consent prior to recieving a ROWA Permit.

Sign Permit

All signs are required to comply with the Ontario Building Code and/or the City of Barrie’s Sign By-law. Various types of signs may or may not be prohibited under the By-law; please review the By-law to ensure you are in compliance at all times prior to any sign being installed or erected

The Building Department is responsible for reviewing sign permits regulated by the Ontario Building Code.  

Enforcement Services is responsible for review and compliance with the City’s Sign By-law, which includes height and setbacks restrictions.

Applications for mobile sign permits can be made at the Enforcement Services Office, 45 Cedar Pointe Drive, Barrie, Ontario during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from 8:30am–4:30pm.

Application for ground or wall sign permits can be made online through APLI

Excerpts from City of Barrie Sign By-law

Definition of Mobile Sign: means any mounted sign on a trailer or on a supporting frame which is designed to be transported from one site to another and includes mobile signs with changeable copy and/or illumination.

Definition of Poster Panel Sign: means a sign that advertises goods, products, services or facilities that are not available at the location where the sign is situated or that directs persons to a location different from that where the sign is located, and shall include free standing structures and signs attached in any manner to the wall of a building or structure and includes a standardized sign structure erected and maintained by a business engaged in the sale or rental of space upon which advertising copy is displayed advertising goods or services that are not necessarily conducted within or upon the lot upon which the sign is located.

Definition of Ground Sign: means a sign in a fixed location, wholly supported by one or more uprights, poles, braces or located on a structural base placed in or upon the ground, and includes soft landscape treatment at the base of the sign or supporting structure.

Tree Removal Permit   

The City regulates private property tree removals when the tree is part of a woodlot, as defined in the Tree Preservation By-law. See Tree Removal (Private Property) for information.

Birth Registration & Certificates (external links)

Welcome baby!

Registering your child’s birth is the first step to giving your baby a legal identity. The City of Barrie does not accept or process birth certificate applications. Learn more and submit registration via

City Hall Room Booking Application

Registered charities and not-for-profit organizations are able to book a meeting room at City Hall. Please refer to the City Hall Room Booking Agreement.

Encroachments & Release of Easement Applications

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

Outdoor Blade Signage & Awning Applications

Blade Signs provide increased storefront advertising and visibility to on-coming vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and attractive outdoor awnings dress up storefronts and provide shelter for pedestrians on days of inclement weather.

Cosmetically, these changes greatly enhance the appearance and visual presence of businesses in the downtown. Business owners can enter into encroachment agreements that will allow the placement of wooden, vinyl or metal Blade Signs and retractable Awnings on the building, overhanging the City sidewalk.

Please contact the Business Development Department at (705) 728-9850 for more information.

Outdoor Patio Applications

Downtown restaurants can take advantage of summer weather by offering outdoor dining experiences amidst the pleasurable downtown and in proximity to the waterfront. Please visit Downtown BIA Patio Application​ for full information.

The Patios Everywhere Program is intended to address patios that are outside of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) / City Centre. The City is introduced this program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended to support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while at the same time ensuring safety standards and measures remain in place.

Planning & Development Applications

Official Plan or Zoning By-law Amendments
The information you need to make an application to the City for an Official Plan amendment or a Zoning By-law amendment is outlined within via the Development Review Process.

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. Full information is available via Development Review Process.

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. Full information is available via Development Review Process.

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. Full information is available via Development Review Process.

Real Estate Applications 

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.removed

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 FOR ROAD CLOSING OR PURCHASE SURPLUS LAND.pdf

Specialized Transit Application

Full information re eligibility and application process can be found on the Specialized Transit page.

Tax Rebate & Deferral Applications

Full guidelines and applications regarding tax rebate programs are available at Property Tax Rebate, Adjustment, & Deferral Programs.

Second Suite Registration Application

The City of Barrie requires every second suite 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. Refer to Second Suites for full information and to download the application.

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