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Residents reminded to apply for free digital parking passes

Waterfront hang-tag passes expired at the end of 2023
Barrie residents can get free digital parking permits.

The City of Barrie reminds residents that waterfront hang-tag parking passes for Barrie residents expired on Dec. 31, 2023.

Residents must replace their physical hang-tag pass with a digital waterfront parking permit.

This digital permit provides Barrie residents with the continued flexibility to park for free at designated waterfront locations, eliminating the need for a physical hang tag. There is no cost for residents to use the HotSpot app or website to get their digital permit, and no payment information is required.

For neighbouring municipalities (including Oro-Medonte, Essa, Innisfil or Springwater) and non-neighbouring municipalities, the cost of the permit is based on residence.

“As the weather gets warmer, we remind residents to make the switch to the HotSpot app for their digital permit if they haven’t already, to avoid getting ticketed,” said Brent Forsyth, director of transit and parking strategy. “The benefits of the digital waterfront parking permit extend beyond just convenience, with no limit to the number of permits someone can register for if they have multiple vehicles registered to a Barrie address.”

Residents can apply directly through the HotSpot app. You do not need to create an account for this service. However, once the waterfront parking permit application is submitted via the app or website, residents will receive an approval/rejection notice within three to five days. An approved permit is required prior to parking at the waterfront.

If you don’t have a phone or mobile device, or if you prefer to apply in person, bring the required documentation (vehicle ownership document and proof of address) 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.

  • Service Barrie at city hall, 70 Collier St.
  • Peggy Hill Team Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave.
  • East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone St. E.
  • Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Dr.
  • Parkview Centre, 189 Blake St.

All digital permits issued in 2022, 2023 or 2024 will expire on Dec. 31, 2024.

Residents are reminded that while a digital permit grants free parking access to specific waterfront areas, parking without a permit in these lots incurs a fee of $10 per hour, with a daily maximum of $50 in waterfront parking areas, which is enforced 24/7/365.

To learn more about the digital waterfront parking permit, how to apply, and to view the municipal parking map outlining the waterfront lots where the permit can be used, visit