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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

​Impacted City Services

The City is working closely with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and other community partners to monitor the global situation and respond accordingly.

A state of emergency remains in effect. It is urgent that Barrie residents limit the number of people we come in contact with to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Protect yourself. Protect others.

The City has business continuity plans in place to ensure es​sential City services that citizens rely on every day continue to be delivered. The City's Emergency Control Group meets regularly. The group includes senior leadership from various departments across the City including Fire and Police, and regularly consults with the SMDHU.

Service Barrie Open for In-person Services

Service Barrie is open for regular in-person services, no appointments needed.* In-person services are available 8:30am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday (excluding holidays). Face masks are required. Please review safety precautions at City Hall. For resident convenience and to skip the line, appointments can be made in advance by calling 705-726-4242.

Please note that property taxes and water/wastewater bills can be paid through:

  • telephone/internet banking 
  • drop box at City Hall
  • post-dated cheque by mail: Service Barrie, Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St
    P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

* Appointments are required for obtaining marriage licences and commissioning of business licences.

Online Services Available

Residents are encouraged to visit barrie.ca/OnlineServices to apply for small building permits, pay for parking or speeding tickets, and more.

Current Status of City Services

Building Services Updated July 26 2021

Building Services staff are doing everything possible to keep the building process moving in these unprecedented times. Step One of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen allows for all inspections to proceed.

A Building Official is available to answer any questions in person at City Hall 8:30–noon and 1–4pm.  Building/permit questions can also be answered by phone (705-726-4242), Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Please refer to the latest Building Services Announcement for detailed information.

By-law Enforcement Updated April 3 2020

Staff continue to take reports regarding by-law enforcement at (705) 739-4241 or enforcement.services@barrie.ca. The Barrie COVID-19 Emergency Measures By-law helps protect the health and safety of residents. For full information visit barrie.ca/bylaws.

Outstanding parking tickets can be paid via barrie.ca/OnlineServices.

Construction Projects Updated April 16 2021

City design and construction projects are generally proceeding as scheduled at this time.

We have ensured that all our City construction contractors have implemented COVID-19 safety protocol. Construction workers working on City projects are limiting contact with each other and additional hand sanitizers and wipes have been made available to them. No meetings are being held inside construction trailers, instead site meetings are being conducted via teleconference.

City staff (project managers, inspectors) involved in these projects are also following appropriate distancing and sanitizing protocols. The safety of City staff and our contractors is of utmost importance.

Council & Committees Updated Jan. 11 2021

On March 19, 2020, the Province of Ontario passed the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020 to permit virtual participation in council, committee or local board meetings.

City Council, General Committee, Planning Commitee, and reference committee​ meetings are being livestreamed on the City's YouTube channel and Rogers TV. Upcoming virtual meetings are open for public participation. Information about how to participate in virtual meetings is outlined at Communicating wiith Council.

Advisory committee meetings are being livestreamed on the City's YouTube channel​.

Meeting agendas are available at barrie.legistar.com.​

Court Services Updated July 8 2020

Provincial Offences Act Offices (45 Cedar Pointe Dr. & 575 West St. in Orillia) are closed. Visit barrie.ca/CourtServices for full information.

Traffic Violations and other Provincial Offences Act tickets can be paid via barrie.ca/OnlineServices.

Emergency Services Updated Mar. 30 2020

Fire & Emergency Service

  • Barrie Fire response times are not impacted. Stations are closed to the public.
  • Outdoor burning permits are available for purchase online only via barrie.ca/BurnPermits.
  • Fire safety education events and activities, including station tours, are temporarily suspended.
  • Fire Inspections for building permit purposes continue for non-occupied structures only, following public health standards. If an Emergency inspection situation should arise, it would be assessed on a case by case basis by the Fire Chief and would have to follow public health standards.
  • Fire Prevention Officers are available to follow up on violations using photographs and video. They can be reached by phone or email: (705) 728-3199 or fire.prevention@barrie.ca .

Barrie Police Service

BPS is providing updates on how their response to COVID-19 will affect the public. The public is assured that the 911 system continues uninterrupted. Visit barriepolice.ca/bps-covid-19-updates for up-to-date information.

Events Updated June 30 2021

Please contact the Special Events Office at events@barrie.ca or (705) 739-4285 regarding Special Event Permits. Events will be subject to provincial and municipal gathering limits and safety requirements applicable at that time and must have a COVID-19 safety plan that has been reviewed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Facilities Updated July 19 2021

City facilities remain open to staff for essential service delivery, unless noted otherwise below. Staff are ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points and public spaces at open buildings, as well as Barrie Transit buses.

City Hall

Service Barrie is open for regular in-person services, no appointments needed (exceptions: obtaining marriage licences and commissioning of business licences). In-person services are available 8:30am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday (excluding holidays). Face masks are required. Please review safety precautions at City Hall. For resident convenience and to skip the line, appointments can be made in advance by calling 705-726-4242.

Please note that property taxes and water/wastewater bills can be paid through:

  • telephone/internet banking 
  • drop box at City Hall
  • post-dated cheque by mail: Service Barrie, Barrie City Hall, 70 Collier St
    P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5

Community/Recreation Centres

Please visit barrie.ca/RecUpdates for detailed information.

Transit Terminal

The Barrie Transit Terminal is located downtown at 24 Maple Avenue and open seven days a week, ​7am–10pm. The amount of people allowed in the terminal at the same time is controlled to ensure customers can maintain a 2-metre distance from each other.

Garbage, Recycling, & Organics Updated July 17 2021

Curbside Collection

Curbside collection is occurring as scheduled. There are sorting and packaging changes due to COVID-19. Please visit barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection for full information.

Masks, gloves, and cleaning wipes should go in securely tied the garbage bags. Cleaning wipes cannot go in the green bin and should not be flushed. If you're not sure where an item goes, please check the item lookup tool.

Landfill

Visit barrie.ca/landfill for up-to-date information.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

Visit barrie.ca/HHW for up-to-date information.

Environmental Centre

The Environmental Centre (272 Ferndale Dr. N.) remains closed to the public until further notice.   

Libraries Updated July 14 2021

Both locations of the Barrie Public Library are open for in-person services, including browsing, computer access, and bookable spaces for working and studying. The capacity limits will remain at 50 patrons Downtown and 35 at Painswick, and visits are limited to 60 minutes or less. Check barrielibrary.ca for more detail.

Licensing & Permits Updated June 28 2021

Building Permit

Please refer to Building Services Announcements for up-to-date information.

Burn Permits

Outdoor burning permits are available for purchase online only via barrie.ca/BurnPermits.     

Event & Culture-Related Permits

Please contact the Special Events Office at events@barrie.ca or (705) 739-4285 regarding permits, noting the following:

  • Special Event Permits will be subject to provincial and municipal gathering limits and safety requirements applicable at that time and must have a COVID-19 safety plan that has been reviewed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
  • Film Permit applications may be considered at the City of Barrie’s discretion. Film projects would be required to meet Provincial requirements for the film industry and must have a COVID-19 safety plan that has been reviewed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Marriage Licences (Simcoe County residents only)

Marriage licences can be issued by appointment only. Please call 705-726-4242 with inquiries.  

Right Of Way Activity (ROWA) Permits

ROWAP applications ​are being processed ​online through APLI​. Payments can be made by cheque and dropped off at City Hall drop boxes (front entrance at 70 Collier St or entrance at back parking lot). Please contact Service Barrie at ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca or 705-726-4242 with any questions.                  

Marinas & Boat Launch Updated June 7 2021

Barrie's marinas and Tiffin Boat Launch are open. Visit barrie.ca/marina for details.

Please visit barrie.ca/WaterfrontParking for full information about the Resident Parking Pass.

Parking Updated June 16 2021

Downtown Parking

There is a 10-minute parking limit on Dunlop Street & side streets to help businesses and customers with curbside pickup. Visit barrie.ca/DowntownParking for full information.

Waterfront Parking

Visit barrie.ca/WaterfrontParking for current waterfront parking areas and information.

Parks, Trails, & Waterfront Updated June 30 2021

Parks, trails, and beaches are open for casual recreational use within the current restrictions on physical distancing and maximum groupings of 25 people. Lifeguards are on duty at Johnson's Beach and Centennial Beach, 11:30am to 5:30pm daily. Please review park regulations and guidelines for beach use.

Outdoor sports leagues, games and events are permitted. Please visit barrie.ca/SportsFields for full information.

Planning & Development Updated July 26 2021

The Planner of the Day is available to answer planning-related questions in person at City Hall, 70 Collier Street. Planning questions can also be answered by email or phone: planneroftheday@barrie or 705-726-4242. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

For Compliance letters (Rush/Regular), please complete the Request for Compliance Letter form and mail the completed form and cheque amount to:​

​​​​Service Barrie 
City Hall, 1st Floor
70 Collier Street
Barrie, ON L4M 4T5​​

Online applications for Committee of Adjustment, Pre-consultations, Site Plan, Site Plan exemptions and building permits are being processed.

Council, Planning Commitee & Committee of Adjustment meetings are being livestreamed on the City's YouTube channel and Rogers TV. Upcoming virtual meetings are open for public participation. Information about how to participate in virtual meetings is outlined at Communicating wiith Council.

Property Taxes Updated June 14 2021

Please see Property Tax Payment Options.

For 2021 bills, City Council has waived late fees for property tax payments until September 30, 2021. The City will continue to charge late fees on accounts with outstanding charges from 2020 and before. 

Recreation & Community Centres Updated July 26 2021

Recreation & Community Centres

Select recreation centres are open. Virtual program offerings continue and outdoor fitness classes are being offered. Visit barrie.ca/RecUpdates for detailed up-to-date information.

Public rentals of the City's community facilities (including Parkview, Dorian Parker, Lampman Lane and Southshore Centre) are unavailable until further notice.

Road & Sidewalk Maintenance Updated May 28 2021

Road and sidewalk maintenance work is generally proceeding. The 2021 street sweeping program was completed on May 28.

Sports Fields & Courts Updated July 14 2021

Outdoor sports leagues, games and events are permitted. The Recreation and Culture Department continues to follow provincial regulation with regards to permitting outdoor sports leagues, games and events. Please visit barrie.ca/SportsFields for more information.

Theatres Updated July 22 2020

City-run theatres remain closed to the public until further notice and theatre shows are cancelled until further notice.

Should you have a question or concern related to a facility rental, ticket sale or any other inquiry please e-mail CE.Venues@barrie.ca or call 705-739-4299 and a member of the Recreation and Culture Services Departments will get back to you as soon as possible.

Transit Updated Aug. 3 2021

Please refer to barrie.ca/TransitNotices for full up-to-date information.

Water Services Updated Feb. 12 2021

Water Treatment

The Surface Water Treatment Plant (20 Royal Parkside Dr.) and Wastewater Treatment Facility (249 Bradford St.) are closed to the public. Residents may notice water service crews working around the city in teams of one or two to complete essential work to keep water services working effectively and efficiently. These staff are practising physical distancing and taking precautions as advised by the Health Unit. 

Province-wide COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Initiative

The City of Barrie has joined the province-wide wastewater surveillance initiative for COVID-19 monitoring in municipal wastewater. The City is providing samples from the Wastewater Treatment Facility to labs that will run analysis to determine the amount of COVID-19 present. Learn more.


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