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​Allandale Residential Parking Permit

The Transit and Parking department is expanding the functionality of the HotSpot parking app in Barrie to offer a digital residential parking permit program. ​

NEW:  Digital Waterfront Parking Permit through HotSpot 

      

As of May 2, 2022, vehicle owners can apply for the digital waterfront parking permit through the HotSpot app or website. 

Allandale-area residents that were registered for the Digital Residential Parking Permit prior to May 2, 2022, were automatically issued a digital waterfront parking permit. Confirm the permit is active by looking in the ‘My Permits’ section of the HotSpot app or website. Once the permit is active, you no longer need to display the physical hangtag to park for free at designated waterfront parking areas, until the permit expires. 

For residents of the Allandale area who have not yet applied for the Digital Residential Parking Permit, when applying for the digital waterfront parking permit, indicate in the comments section on the application that you would like to apply for both the Digital Residential Parking Permit and the waterfront parking permit. If you are approved, you will be notified via email which permit(s) you are now registered for. 

This program takes place in the Allandale neighbourhood specified below, in which on-street parking is not permitted 7am–9am on weekdays. You must live within this area to obtain a permit.

An information letter was mailed to single-detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, and street townhouses within the impacted area in December 2021.

Map: Allandale Residential Parking Permit Area  

Program Purpose

The 7am–9am parking restrictions are in place in this area to prevent the spillover of drivers seeking to access the Allandale GO Station. The purpose of the free permit is to make on-street parking available between 7am and 9am to residents who live on these streets, and to determine the feasibility of this technology-based solution for potential parking permits in other areas of Barrie.

Program Details

  • Permits are only required when accessing on-street parking between 7am and 9am Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) where signage states “Except by Allandale Permit”. Permits cannot be used to park in contravention of any other no-parking signage or in contravention of overnight on-street parking restrictions.
  • Each vehicle must be registered separately: 1 permit = 1 vehicle. Permit holders will therefore not need to switch vehicles in the HotSpot app once the permit is registered.
  • Each vehicle licence plate must be registered to an address within the specified area.
  • There is no cap on the number of permits that can be issued per household.
  • In consideration of available on-street parking space, permits are only available to residents of single-detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, and street townhouses.
  • The permit expires in December 2023. Permit holders will receive notification to reapply. 
  • The licence plate that is linked with the permit is what enforcement officers will use to determine if the vehicle is permitted to use on-street parking during the time-based restriction in the posted area.

How to Apply   

If your residence is within the specified area, you may be eligible to apply for an Allandale Residential Permit through the HotSpot parking app or website by uploading photos of t​he following:   

  1. Motor vehicle registration for the licence plate you are registering (ensure licence plate # and address are visible).
  2. Proof of residency issued to the address (driver’s licence, utility bill, cell phone bill, lease agreement, etc.)   

Instructions

Each permit must be approved/registered before you are able to park in the applicable parking areas.  You will receive an email confirmation from HotSpot & the active permit will be listed in the Permits section of your account.

Apply via the HotSpot App
Step 1: Download app, create an account, & add your vehicle(s)
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You can skip this step if you have already downloaded the app, created an account, and added a vehicle(s).

  1. Download the HotSpot app from either Google Play and Apple stores.
  2. Create a HotSpot account following the prompts. When asked “I’ll be using HotSpot primarily for: ” select “Permits”. 
  3. Select the menu icon and then "Manage my Vehicles" to add your vehicle(s) to your account. Ensure your licence plate(s) are entered correctly, as this is what will be used to validate when you park in any of the applicable parking areas.    

If you are only using the app to access your no-cost residential parking permit, you do not need to add a payment method.

Step 2: Apply for the no-cost permit
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  1. Open the app and select the “Permits” icon at the bottom
  2. Select “Apply for Permit” under Residential Permits and follow the prompts. You will need to:
    • confirm location in which the permit will be issued
    • your address (to which the vehicle must be registered)
    • enter up to 2 licence plates. 
    • upload photos of your documentation: each of your vehicle ownerships (up to two) and proof of residency. There is a comments section if you would like to provide any details about your documentation.

You will receive an email from HotSpot confirming your application has been submitted.

If for any reason you would like to cancel your application, return to Permits tab and select “Cancel Application” under the Residential Permits heading.

In 3-5 business days, you will receive an email from HotSpot advising your application has been approved or rejected:

  • If your application has been rejected, the email will include an explanation. You can resubmit your application if needed.
    If your application has been approved, you will receive an email that your permit is now active. Your new active Allandale Residential Permit will now appear in the “My Permits” area on the Permits tab screen. 

If your vehicle has changed or if you would like to add another vehicle, please complete a new application.

Apply via the HotSpot Website  
Step 1: Visit website, create an account, & add your vehicle(s)
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You can skip this step if you have already logged into the website, created an account, and added a vehicle(s).

  • Visit htsp.ca
  • Create an account by selecting Log In, then New Parker and follow the prompts.
  • Select "Vehicles" from the left menu to add your vehicle(s) to your account.

If you are only using the app to access your no-cost residential parking permit, you do not need to add a payment method.

Step 2: Apply for the no-cost permit
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  1. Log in to your HotSpot account at htsp.ca and select “Permits” from the left menu.
  2. Scroll down until you see the section “Apply for Special Permit (Residential, Non-residential, etc)" and follow the prompts to submit your application. You will need to confirm:
    • confirm location in which the permit will be issued
    • confirm your address (to which the vehicle(s) must be registered),
    • confirm your licence plate(s).
    • upload up to three photos: up to two motor vehicle registrations and a proof of residency.

      There is a comments section if you would like to provide any details about your documentation.

You will receive an email from HotSpot Parking confirming your application has been submitted.
 
If for any reason you would like to cancel your application, return to the Permits section, scroll down and select “Cancel Application”.

In 3-5 business days, you will receive an email from HotSpot advising your application has been approved or rejected:

  • If your application has been rejected, the email will include an explanation. You can resubmit your application if needed.
  • If your application has been approved, you will receive an email that your permit is now active.  Your new active Allandale Residential Permit will now appear in the “My Permits” area on the Permits tab screen. 

If your vehicle has changed or if you would like to add another vehicle, please complete a new application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide a credit card or load my HotSpot wallet? 

While having a credit card on file or loading the wallet is required for daily parking or monthly downtown parking passes via HotSpot, they are not required for the Allandale Residential Permit as the permit is free.

Do I have to use the HotSpot app or website to apply and register for the Allandale Residential Permit? 

As this is a digital permit​​, residents are encouraged to apply through the HotSpot app or HotSpot website for ease of self service as it is available 24/7. 

If you do not have access to the internet please contact Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca for assistance.

How do I know my data is safe? 

The City worked with HotSpot to complete a Privacy Impact Assessment and ensure the app is set up to protect your data. Your personal data will not be shared or sold to third parties.

How does the City know if I have an Allandale Residential Permit? 

The licence plate that is linked with the Allandale Residential Permit is what enforcement officers will use to determine if the vehicle is permitted to use on-street parking during the time-based restriction in the posted area. 

To avoid a ticket, it is important that you apply for the vehicle you are currently driving and make sure there are no typos when you enter your licence plate when setting up your account.

How can I change the licence plate number I have linked to my Allandale Residential Permit? 

If you change vehicles, you will need to apply for a new permit.

Will the app remind me when my permit is expiring? 

If you have an Allandale Residential Permit, HotSpot will send you a reminder close to the expiry date (December 2023).

When will other areas in Barrie have a residential parking permit available? 

The success of the residential parking permit program will be continually assessed throughout 2022 by measuring the number of HotSpot permit registrations, parking utilization surveys and feedback about the programResidential parking permit program parameters and administrative costs will also be considered in determining a 2023 expansion of the digital residential permit program for other areas in the affected by time-based parking restrictions (i.e. downtown and college/hospital areas).

As of May 2, 2022, residents and non-residents can also apply for the digital waterfront parking permit through the HotSpot app or website. ​

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