City offering additional support for residents to apply in person for digital waterfront parking permit

All hangtag passes for Barrie residents will expire December 31

News release – City of Barrie

The City of Barrie is offering additional in-person support at City Hall to help residents apply for their digital waterfront parking permit.

The digital waterfront parking permit is free for Barrie residents. 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.

Extra in-person support will be offered on the following days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Service Barrie (City Hall, 70 Collier Street):

  • Monday, July 24
  • Monday, July 31
  • Tuesday, August 8
  • Monday, August 14
  • Monday, August 21

Residents can apply anytime, anywhere for a waterfront parking permit through the HotSpot app; however, residents who prefer to apply in person can drop by one of the extra support days and staff will be there to walk them through the process, validate their documents and help them apply.

Residents are reminded to bring the following items with them to apply in person for the digital permit:

  • 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 the current year, driver’s licence).

If residents cannot make one of the days listed above, at any time they can bring the required documentation to Service Barrie (City Hall, 70 Collier Street), where City staff will validate and set them up in HotSpot. Applications cannot be processed over phone or email.

Once their permit is active, residents can enjoy free parking at the applicable waterfront areas. The digital permit is tied to the vehicle’s licence plate, which means once your vehicle is registered, you don’t need to display or bring anything with you when you visit the waterfront.

Learn more about the digital waterfront parking permit at, or view where you can park free with the digital permit using the Municipal Parking Map, available through

Banner image via the City of Barrie