Road occupancy permits

A permit is required to occupy or close a city road, sidewalk or boulevard to conduct work or other activities. You cannot block any portion of a city right-of-way without a permit. We may issue fines or an order to stop work. 

Application process

Applications must be submitted in advance depending on request type. 10 business days are required for full road closures, 5 business days are required for work requiring lane closures and 3 business days are required for occupancy not requiring lane or road closures.

Applications are reviewed by staff and approval is not guaranteed.

  1. Download and complete an application for road occupancy permit (PDF).
  2. Obtain a certificate of insurance as indicated in the application form. The city must be listed as "additionally insured".
  3. Submit complete application in person at the Waterloo Service Centre or by email to
  4. Fees vary depending on the type of permit and the number of days or vehicles used on the road. Check application for full details. Payment must be made in person with cash, cheque or debit. 

To learn more about how you could be impacted by not securing a road occupancy permit, view the Highway Occupancy bylaw.

The Region of Waterloo manages oversized load permits and permits for regional road closures and occupancy. To learn more about their application process, view their website.