Waterfront Parking Permit

Parking & Traffic

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 application instructions). The hangtag pass system is being phased out, and all hangtag passes for Barrie residents will expire December 31, 2023, giving residents time 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. 

You do not need a mobile device to get a permit. Once your permit is active, you do not need to bring anything with you or display anything when visiting the waterfront. 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. They do not have access to any further personal information and do not track you.

Digital 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. Once the permit is active, enjoy free parking at the applicable waterfront areas (there is no need to bring anything with you). 
  • HotSpot accounts will receive notification of when their permit is set to expire.

Waterfront Parking Permit Cost & Expiry

Applicants may reapply when permits expire.
Permit Holder's ResidencyCost & Validity Period
Expires December 31, 2024.
Neighbouring municipality: Oro-Medonte, Essa, Innisfil or Springwater    $90
Valid for one calendar year. A permit issued in 2023 will expire on December 31, 2023.
Non-neighbouring municipality    $130
Valid for one calendar year. A permit issued in 2023 will expire on December 31, 2023.

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.

Have the following documents ready. Once your application has been reviewed, images provided within the HotSpot application are automatically deleted from the system and will not be stored.

  • Vehicle ownership document (the green permit you get when your vehicle is registered with ServiceOntario) for each licence plate you are registering for, ensuring the owner’s name, licence plate number and address are visible.
  • Proof of address (examples: 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).

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.

Barrie Residents

Residents of Neighbouring Municipalities


Frequently Asked Questions