Waterfront Parking Permit


A digital waterfront permit is required to park for free at specific waterfront areas. You can park without a 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). Waterfront hangtag parking passes for Barrie residents expired December 31, 2023.

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 parking in select areas along Barrie's beautiful 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 fee for extra permits.
  • 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 account users who provided an email when registering will receive notification of when their permit expires.

Waterfront Parking Permit Cost & Expiry

Applicants may reapply when permits expire.
Permit Holder's ResidencyCost & Validity Period
Resident permits issued in 2022, 2023, or 2024 will expire on Dec. 31, 2024.
Neighbouring municipality: Oro-Medonte, Essa, Innisfil or Springwater    $90
Valid for one calendar year. Permits issued in 2024 will expire on Dec. 31, 2024.
Non-neighbouring municipality    $130
Valid for one calendar year. Permits issued in 2024 will expire on Dec. 31, 2024.

How to Apply for a Waterfront Parking Permit

The permit must be activated in person or approved online before you are able to park for free at the applicable waterfront parking areas. Once activated/approved, the permit will be listed in the “Permits” section of your account under "My Permits".

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: driver's licence, utility or water bill from within the last 60 days, cell phone bill from within the last 60 days, tax bill from current year).

If you prefer to apply in person or are unable to log in to the HotSpot website or download the HotSpot app from Google Play or App Store, please bring the required documentation to one of the below locations. City staff will validate and set you up in HotSpot, and you can receive an immediate approval/rejection notice on-the-spot.

*Staff at these locations can only process Waterfront Parking Permits for Barrie residents.

Barrie Residents

Residents of Neighbouring Municipalities


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Eligibility Questions

Application/Account Questions