Service Barrie (705) 726-4242ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
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 waterfront parking areas, enforced 24/7/365.
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.
Like the hangtag pass system, the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
In 3-5 business days, you will receive an email from HotSpot advising your application has been approved or rejected:
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.
If for any reason you would like to cancel your application, return to Permits tab and select “Cancel Application” under the Residential Permits heading.
If for any reason you would like to cancel your application, return to the Permits section, scroll down and select “Cancel Application”.
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.
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.
Applicable waterfront parking areas are also listed on the digital receipt you received from HotSpot when you were approved, or available on the active permit in the HotSpot app.
Permit Parking Only restrictions have been put in place within a 500-metre boundary of City of Barrie waterfront parks and beaches to prevent non-residents from parking in residential streets to avoid paying for parking. Spillover waterfront parking areas include "permit parking only" signs. Residents can park within these spillover areas with their waterfront hangtag or digital permit. The municipal parking map details these areas.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
For technical concerns with the HotSpot app or website:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hangtag passes purchased by non-residents in 2022 expire December 31, 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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