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Waterfront Parking

A digital waterfront permit or hangtag waterfront pass is required to park for free at specific waterfront areas. You can park without a pass/permit for $10/hour with a daily max of $50 in specific waterfront parking areas, enforced 24/7/365.​

 NEW:  Digital Waterfront Parking Permit

As of May 2, 2022, residents and non-residents can apply for the digital waterfront parking permit through the HotSpot app or website (see instructions). The hangtag pass system is being phased out, and all hangtag passes will expire December 31, 2023, giving residents almost two years to replace the pass with a free digital waterfront parking permit.

The digital waterfront parking permit is free for Barrie residents. There is no cost for residents to use the HotSpot app or website to get their digital permit, and no payment information is required. 

How it works: Each digital permit is tied to a specific licence plate. Enforcement Services officers can verify if the parked vehicle has a permit through the licence plate number.

Digital Waterfront Parking Permit Benefits

  • no limit to the number of permits residents can register for, offering flexibility to register each vehicle (provided that the vehicle is registered to a Barrie address).
  • no risk of losing a hangtag or having to remember to transfer between vehicles.
  • no fee for extra permits. Previously, residents were charged $20 for third or additional waterfront passes.
  • expanded customer service through HotSpot’s frontline support for technical concerns.
  • ability to apply anytime, anywhere for a waterfront parking permit. Residents need only apply once, then renew their permit when it expires after two calendar years. Once the permit is active, enjoy free parking at the applicable waterfront areas (there is no need to bring anything with you). 

Waterfront Parking Areas

Areas Accepting Pass/Permit OR Proof of Payment

To park without penalty in these waterfront areas, vehicles must have an active digital waterfront parking permit or an active paid Hotspot hourly parking session, or must display proof of payment for hourly/daily parking, or a hangtag Waterfront Parking Pass (resident hangtag pass is valid until December 31, 2023).View on map.

  • Lakeshore Drive between Victoria St. & Minet’s Point Rd.
  • Ellen Street - West side from Victoria 
  • John Street - South side from Bradford Street to Ellen Street
  • Johnson’s Beach Lot
  • Minet’s Point Lot
  • North Centennial Lot
    From April 1 through November 30, parking in the North Centennial Lot is reserved for vehicles with trailers.
  • North Victoria Lot
  • South Victoria Lot
  • South Centennial Lot
  • Southshore Centre Lots
  • Tiffin Boat Launch
    From April 1 through November 30, parking in the Tiffin Boat Launch lot is reserved for vehicles with trailers.
  • Tyndale Park Lot
Areas Accepting Pass/Permit ONLY

From June 15 to September 15 ‘No Parking Except by Permit’ applies to all on-street parking within spillover waterfront parking areas (select residential street segments within walking distance of the waterfront). These are specified in the municipal parking map, and indicated by on-street signage.

  • Centennial Beach
  • Dock Road Park
  • Johnson’s Beach
  • Minet’s Point Park
  • Tyndale Park
  • Wilkins Park

All vehicles must have their vehicle registered with a digital waterfront parking permit (or display a Waterfront Parking Pass) to avoid getting a ticket while parked on-street. These restrictions only apply June 15 to September 15 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pre-existing ‘No Parking Anytime’ and ‘No Parking During Specified Hours’ areas remain in effect. These changes reflect the approved Parking Strategy.

Applicable waterfront parking areas are also listed on your active permit within your HotSpot account, and detailed in the municipal parking map.

Waterfront Parking Costs

Hourly/Daily Parking Rates

Where paid parking is acceptable, parking rates of $10/hour or $50/day are applicable for vehicles that do not have a valid permit/pass. The HotSpot Parking App offers many benefits to enhance the parking experience.

Waterfront Parking Permit Cost & Expiry

Permit Holder's ResidencyCostValidity Period
BarrieFree Two calendar years from date of issue. Example, a waterfront parking permit issued to a Barrie resident at any point in 2022 will expire on December 31, 2023.
Neighbouring municipality: Oro-Medonte, Essa, Innisfil or Springwater$90
One calendar year; applicants may reapply when permit expires. 
Example: A permit issued in 2022 will expire on December 31, 2022.

Non-neighbouring municipality $130

How to Apply for a Waterfront Parking Permit

The permit must be active before you are able to park for free at the applicable waterfront parking areas. The active permit will be listed in the “Permits” section of your account once approved.

  1. Have the following documents ready (once your application has been removed, your information is deleted and will not be stored). 

    Vehicle ownership document for each licence plate you are registering for (ensure licence plate number and address are visible)

    Proof of address. Examples of proof of address include: 

    • utility or water bill from within the last 60 days
    • lease agreement ​​
    • cell phone bill from within the last 60 days
    • tax bill from current year
    • driver's licence 
     
  2. Apply for the permit via the HotSpot app, or through the HotSpot website (instructions below). 
  3. If you are unable to use HotSpot or prefer to apply in person, please bring the required documentation to Service Barrie (City Hall, 70 Collier Street), where City staff will validate and set you up in HotSpot. Applications cannot be accepted/processed over phone or email.
  4. Await confirmation. Once you're approved, your permit is active, and you can enjoy free parking at the applicable waterfront areas! Your licence plate is registered, so there is no need to bring anything with you! 
Barrie Residents
Step 1: Download app or visit website, create an account & add your vehicle(s).

Skip this step if you have already downloaded the app or logged into website, created an account, and added your vehicle(s). If you have already downloaded the app, ensure you have the most recent version before proceeding.

HotSpot app

  • Download the HotSpot app from either Google Play or Apple App Store.
  • Create a HotSpot account: select “Get Started” beside “Not a Member?” to begin. Follow prompts; when asked “I’ll be using HotSpot primarily for:”, select “Permits”. (the default may be checked off as 'Parking' so you may need to deselect parking and select 'Permits'). 
  • Once you have created an account and are logged in, select the menu icon in the top left corner, and then "Manage my Vehicles"; follow the prompts to add your vehicle(s). For each vehicle you would like a permit for, add them now. Ensure your licence plate(s) are entered correctly, as this is what will be used to validate when you park in any of the waterfront parking areas.

    If you are only using HotSpot to access your digital waterfront parking permit as a Barrie resident, you do not need to add a payment method.

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HotSpot website

  • Visit htsp.ca
  • Create an account by selecting “Log In”, then “New Parker? Click here.” and follow the prompts.
  • Once you have created an account and are logged in, select "Vehicles" from the left menu to add vehicle(s) to your account. Follow the prompts to add vehicle(s). For each vehicle you would like a permit for, add them now.

    If you are only using HotSpot to access your digital waterfront parking permit as a Barrie resident, you do not need to add a payment method.

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Step 2: Apply for the permit

HotSpot app

  • Open the app and select the “Permits” tab at the bottom.
  • Select “Apply for Permit” under the heading “Residential Permits”, and follow the prompts.
  • Enter the city/municipality (i.e. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued and your address (to which the vehicle must be registered). You can enter up to two licence plates/vehicles per application. Select up to two vehicle plates from your list of vehicles. If you have more than two vehicles you would like permits for, you must wait until the first application is approved before submitting again for your additional vehicles. There is also a comments section if you would like to provide any details about your application.
  • Upload photos of your documentation: vehicle ownership for each licence plate selected on the application, and proof of residency. When taking photos of your documentation, ensure licence plate number and address are visible. A good tip is to take the photo as close to the document as possible so details are clear.  Select Resident Waterfront as the permit you are applying for. You can also select Allandale Residential Permit, if you are eligible
  • Submit application. You will receive an email from HotSpot confirming your application has been submitted.

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

HotSpot website

  • Once logged in at htsp.ca, select “Permits” from the left menu, then “Special Permits”.
  • You will see the section “Apply for Special Permit (Residential, Non-residential, etc.)" and follow the prompts to submit your application.  
  • Enter the city/municipality (i.e. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued and your address (to which the vehicle must be registered). You can enter up to two licence plates per application. Select up to two vehicle plates from your list of vehicles. If you have more than two vehicles you would like permits for, you must wait until the first application is approved before submitting again for your additional vehicles. There is also a comments section if you would like to provide any details about your application. 
  • Upload photos of your documentation: vehicle ownership for each licence plate selected on the application, and proof of residency. When taking photos of your documentation, ensure licence plate number and address are visible. A good tip is to take the photo as close to the document as possible so details are clearSelect Resident Waterfront as the permit you are applying for. You can also select Allandale Residential Permit, if you are eligible​
  • Submit application. You will receive an email from HotSpot Parking confirming your application has been submitted.

Cancelling applications: If for any reason you would like to cancel your application, return to the Permits section, select Special Permits, and select “Cancel Application”.

Step 3: Await confirmation

HotSpot app

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 with the applicable parking areas listed.  Your new active waterfront parking permit will now appear in the “My Permits” area on the Permits tab screen. If a Claim Permit button appears under the Residential Permits area, please disregard. 

HotSpot website

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 with the applicable parking areas listed.  You can view your active permit by going to the Permits section and selecting My Permits. 
Residents of Neighbouring Municipalities (Oro-Medonte, Essa, Innisfil or Springwater): $90 Permit
Step 1: Download app or visit website, create an & add your vehicle.

Skip this step if you have already downloaded the app or visited website, created an account, and added your vehicle. If you have already downloaded the app, ensure you have the most recent version before proceeding.

HotSpot app

  • Download the HotSpot app from either Google Play or Apple App Store.
  • Create a HotSpot account: select “Get Started” beside “Not a Member?” to begin. Follow prompts; when asked “I’ll be using HotSpot primarily for:”, select “Permits”. (the default may be checked off as 'Parking' so you may need to deselect parking and select 'Permits'). 
  • Select the menu icon and then "Manage my Vehicles" to add your vehicle to your account.  Ensure your licence plate is entered correctly, as this is what will be used to validate when you park in any of the waterfront parking areas. Add your preferred payment method.

HotSpot website

  • Visit htsp.ca.
  • Create an account by selecting Log In, then New Parker and follow the prompts.
  • Create an account by selecting “Log In”, then “New Parker? Click here.” and follow the prompts.
  • Once you have created an account and are logged in, select "Vehicles" from the left menu to add a vehicle to your account. Follow the prompts to add the vehicle. Ensure your licence plate is entered correctly, as this is what will be used to validate when you park in any of the waterfront parking areas. Add your preferred payment method.
Step 2: Apply for the permit

HotSpot app

  • Open the app and select the “Permits” tab at the bottom.
  • Select “Apply for Permit” under Residential Permits and follow the prompts. You will need to confirm the city (i.e. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued, your address (to which the vehicle must be registered), and enter the licence plate. There is also a comments section if you would like to provide any details about your applicationSelect the permit you are applying for based on your municipality, i.e. "Waterfront Essa."​ You will also need to upload photos of your documentation: your vehicle ownership and proof of residency.  A good tip is to take the photo as close to the document as possible so details are clear. 
  • 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.

HotSpot website

  • Log in to your HotSpot account at htsp.ca and select “Permits” from the left menu, then “Special Permits”.
  • You will see the section “Apply for Special Permit (Residential, Non-residential, etc)" and follow the prompts to submit your application. You will need to confirm the municipality in which the permit will be issued (i.e. Barrie), your address (to which the vehicle(s) must be registered), and licence plate. There is also a comments section if you would like to provide any details about your applicationSelect the permit you are applying for based on your municipality, i.e. "Waterfront Essa." You will also need to upload photos of your documentation: your vehicle ownership and proof of residency​.​​​ ​​
  • 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”.

Step 3: Await confirmation & purchase

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 confirming you have been approved and to log into your HotSpot account to complete the purchase of the permit.

Complete purchase using HotSpot app

  • Open the app and select the “Permits” tab at the bottom.
  • Select “Purchase a Permit”, then “Today” and follow the prompts. You will need to confirm the City (ie. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued, and location (ie. Residential Zone). You will see the permit listed that you have been approved for; either Waterfront Essa, Waterfront Innisfil, Waterfront Oro-Medonte or Waterfront Springwater.   
  • Select the permit and verify the licence plate listed next to “Vehicle”, follow prompts to purchase.
  • You will receive an email receipt that your permit is now active with the applicable parking areas listed.  Your new active resident waterfront permit will now appear in the “Active Permits” area under the Permits tab.

Complete purchase using HotSpot website

  • Log in to your HotSpot account at htsp.ca and select “Permits” from the left menu.
  • Within the section “Acquire Permit for _____ (current month)” follow the prompts to purchase. You will need to confirm the municipality (ie. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued, and lot/zone (ie. Residential Zone). You will see the permit listed in the Permit drop down that you have been approved for; either Waterfront Essa, Waterfront Innisfil, Waterfront Oro-Medonte or Waterfront Springwater. 
  • Select the permit and verify the licence plate, follow prompts to purchase.
  • You will receive an email receipt that your permit is now active with the applicable parking areas listed.  Your new active resident waterfront permit will now appear in the “Active Permits” area on the Permits tab screen. 
Non-Residents (outside Barrie, Oro-Medonte, Essa, Innisfil or Springwater): $130 Permit
Step 1: Download app or visit website, create an & add your vehicle.

Skip step if you have already downloaded the app or visited website, created an account, and added your vehicle. If you have already downloaded the app, ensure you have the most recent version before proceeding.

HotSpot app

  • Download the HotSpot app from either Google Play or Apple App Store
  • Create a HotSpot account: select “Get Started” beside “Not a Member?” to begin. Follow prompts; when asked “I’ll be using HotSpot primarily for:”, select “Permits”. (the default may be checked off as 'Parking' so you may need to deselect parking and select 'Permits'). ​
  • Select the menu icon and then "Manage my Vehicles" to add your vehicle to your account.  Ensure your licence plate is entered correctly, as this is what will be used to validate when you park in any of the waterfront parking areas. Add your preferred payment method.

HotSpot website

  • 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 to your account. Ensure your licence plate is entered correctly, as this is what will be used to validate when you park in any of the waterfront parking areas. Add your preferred payment method.
Step 2: Purchase the permit

HotSpot app

  • Open the app and select the “Permits” tab at the bottom.
  • Select “Purchase a Permit”, then “Today” and follow the prompts. You will need to confirm the City (ie. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued, location (ie. Downtown). You will see the Non Resident Waterfront permit $130 listed.   
  • Select the permit and verify the licence plate listed next to “Vehicle”, follow prompts to purchase.
  • You will receive an email receipt that your permit is now active with the applicable parking areas listed.  Your new active non-resident waterfront permit will now appear in the “Active Permits” area on the Permits tab screen.

HotSpot website

  • Log in to your HotSpot account at htsp.ca and select “Permits” from the left menu.
  • Within the section “Acquire Permit for _____ (current month)” follow the prompts to purchase.  You will need to confirm the municipality (ie. Barrie) in which the permit will be issued, lot/zone (ie. Downtown Zone).
  • Select the permit (ie. Non Resident Waterfront) and verify the licence plate, follow prompts to purchase.
  • You will receive an email receipt that your permit is now active with the applicable parking areas listed.  Your new active resident waterfront permit will now appear in the “Active Permits” area on the Permits tab screen. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Digital Permit Eligibility
Can I use a digital waterfront parking permit for my motorcycle or convertible?

Yes. Apply for a permit for these types of vehicles the same way you would apply for a typical vehicle. By using HotSpot for digital paid parking (i.e. in place of a parking stub) or a digital waterfront parking permit (i.e. in place of a hangtag pass) it is the vehicle’s licence plate that is used to validate parking, so there is no need to display a physical stub/pass.

If I own a business in Barrie, can I get a free waterfront parking permit for my business vehicle?

Yes. Apply for the digital waterfront parking permit through the HotSpot app or website (instructions above). Have ready your vehicle ownership information for each licence plate you are registering for, and proof of residency issued to the Barrie business address. Information will not be stored. Examples of proof of residency for a business include:

  • Water bill from within the last 60 days  
  • Cell phone bill from within the last 60 days
  • Tax bill (from current year)
  • Lease agreement
  • Business licence
I drive a company vehicle/s (not a commercial vehicle); am I eligible for a free digital waterfront parking permit?

Yes. Apply via HotSpot app or website with proof of vehicle ownership and proof of residency.

If the vehicle’s ownership reflects a company name/address, upload a third document which connects you to the company, for example a business card, proof of employment (pay stub), or a letter on company letter head. Use the comments section on the application to add comments that may assist in explaining your documentation.

Commercial vehicles defined as a vehicle that has a registered gross weight (RGW) of more than 3,000 kilograms are not permitted.

Are post-secondary students eligible for a free digital waterfront parking permit?

Yes. Apply via the Hotspot app or htsp.ca and include any comments (within the comments section on the application) that may assist in explaining your documentation.

If the vehicle registered in your parent’s name, one of your uploaded documents must be ‘proof of access’ to that vehicle (i.e. an insurance policy, listing you as a secondary or occasional driver). For proof of residency in Barrie, this could be a lease agreement, driver’s licence, etc.

Are individuals who own a second home in Barrie eligible for a free digital waterfront parking permit?

Yes. Apply via the Hotspot app or website and include any comments (within the comments section on the application) that may assist in explaining your documentation.  If the vehicle ownership has a different address listed (not a Barrie address) please explain that the Barrie property is an additional property you own (not your primary), and upload a proof of property ownership of the Barrie property (i.e. insurance policy on the house, utility bill, tax bill, water bill).

I have recently moved to Barrie but my vehicle ownership has not been updated yet. Am I eligible for a waterfront parking permit?

Yes. Apply using the following documentation: vehicle ownership (may not have a Barrie address), proof of residency of Barrie address, examples could include tax bill, insurance, utility bill. Name needs to be the same as on vehicle ownership.

I have an exceptional situation and am not sure if I am eligible for a free waterfront parking permit; how do I find out?

Please contact Service Barrie (705-726-4242, ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca) to explain your situation and determine if you may be eligible for a free waterfront parking permit.

Technical Issues
I am having problems using the HotSpot app or website. Who can I contact?

For technical concerns with the HotSpot app or website:

  • Ensure you have the most recent version of HotSpot app on your phone. If in doubt, uninstall/delete the app and re-download the application from the Apple or Play store, and log in again.
  • Read the FAQs provided by HotSpot for functionality or technical questions.
  • Reach out to HotSpot support at any time via email support@htsp.ca or phone at 1-855-712-5888.

For questions about the digital parking permit program or parking in the City of Barrie, contact Service Barrie at  ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca or (705) 726-4242.

What can I do if I am having problems accessing my camera on my phone?

If not already turned on, a message will pop up asking for permission to your phone's camera/storage, you will have to allow this access to provide visual proof of residency.

If you would like these permission settings to be turned off once the application has been submitted, go to your phone’s settings, select the HotSpot app then toggle off the Camera access for the app.  

If you do not want to allow this access to your phone camera/storage, you will have to submit the application via the HotSpot website htsp.ca by attaching existing photo files via your laptop/PC.

About the Former Hangtag Waterfront Parking Pass
​​How long is the hangtag pass valid for?

All Waterfront Parking Passes (hangtags) will expire on December 31, 2023. After December 31, 2023, all residents must have the digital waterfront parking permit to park freely at the applicable waterfront areas.

What can I do if I have lost my hangtag waterfront pass?

You no longer need to show your hangtag pass if you have applied for and been issued a digital waterfront parking permit. Once you apply for the permit and receive confirmation it’s active, you can park freely with the vehicle the permit is registered to at the applicable waterfront areas, until the permit expires.

I purchased a non-resident Waterfront Parking Pass (hangtag) in 2022. When does it expire?

Hangtag passes purchased by non-residents in 2022 expire December 31, 2022.

Additional Parking & Permit Questions
Am I permitted to park for free if I have an Accessible Parking Permit?

Individuals displaying a valid Accessible Parking Permit are permitted to park for free in all municipal paid parking locations but are required to abide by any time limits that may apply to that location.

Once my digital waterfront parking permit is active, do I need to bring my phone/digital permit when I go to park at the waterfront?

No. Once your digital waterfront permit is active on your account, it is the vehicle’s licence plate that is used to validate that you are eligible to park at the applicable waterfront parking areas until the permit expires. 

​My licence plate/s or vehicle details have changed, or I have a new vehicle. How do I update my digital permit?

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

Why was my application for a waterfront parking permit rejected?

Applications can be rejected for several reasons; the rejection email you receive from HotSpot will detail the specific reason why it was rejected. Reasons for an application rejection can include: additional documents needed, details are not clearly visible on documents, you submitted two ownerships but only listed one vehicle, etc. Before applying, it’s helpful to read through the instructions and FAQs to understand the necessary items for the application.

I am an Allandale-area resident. Can I apply for both the Digital Residential Parking Permit and the waterfront parking permit?

Yes. When applying, indicate in 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. 

What is the fine for parking violations at the waterfront?

The set fine for a parking violation in all applicable waterfront parking areas is $100 ($75 for early payment). All waterfront parking areas are patrolled by available officers as frequently as possible, but should you wish to report an infraction at the time of occurrence please call 705-739-4241 (depending on call volumes, you may need to leave a message) and officers will attend as soon as possible.






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