Holding a Special Event on City Property

Weather Alert
February 10, 2016 - 4:20pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016

HAMILTON ON – February 10, 2016 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016.  A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill.  

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with vulnerable and homeless people. Each of those agencies, including Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. The City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0. 

For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/cold.

Holiday Closures
February 11, 2016 - 9:41am

Family Day Monday, February 15 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 15

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, February 15.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, February 15.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, February 15.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.

ATS-DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, February 15.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, February 15.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, February 15.

Recreation

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will all be open on Family Day from 12 noon to 4 pm.  
  • The Children’s Museum will also be open from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums will present special Family Day programming.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum and Griffin House will be closed.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, February 14 - Closed
  • Monday, February 15 - Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations, except Central Library and Turner Park Branch, will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Family Day holiday.
  • Central Library and Turner Park Branch will be open from 1 to 5 pm, offering regular library services plus a range of family-friendly programs.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, February 15. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433 or visit www.hamilton.ca/animalservices

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 16. Please note that the deadline for the first installment of the 2016 interim tax bills, for those not paying through a monthly pre-authorized payment plan or through their mortgage company, is on February 29, 2016.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

The City of Hamilton’s Events Office produces, facilitates, reviews and regulates hundreds of events across Hamilton on an annual basis.

The City has developed guidelines for holding events outside on city property to ensure the health and safety of participants and residents. The review of these outdoor events is done through the Special Events Advisory Team (S.E.A.T.), a team comprised of city staff representing various municipal divisions who ensure that all of the necessary permits, permissions and insurance are in place.

Guidelines

You must submit a S.E.A.T application if:

1. You wish to hold your event on any portion of outdoor property owned by the City of Hamilton.

This includes:

  • Roads/road allowances (street festivals, parades and races)
  • Parks and parkettes
  • Parking lots
  • Alleyways, both assumed and unassumed
  • Walkways, pathways and trails
  • Water lots
  • Open spaces
  • City Hall forecourt

And the event includes any of the following:

  • Food being given or sold to the general public at an event open to the public
  • Alcohol
  • Fireworks
  • Sound amplification
  • The use of electricity - you are plugging into an outlet for power and/or using a generator
  • Tents larger than 60 m2 (e.g. 20 ft x 40 ft)
  • Stages that are more than 225 m2 (building permit will be required)
  • Amusement rides and/or inflatables, such as bouncy castles or bouncers
  • Projected attendance of over 1,000 people

2. A S.E.A.T. Chair requests you to do so because your event significantly affects City services. Affected services can include Police, Hamilton Street Railway, Road Operations, Corridor Management and/or Waste Management.

Deadlines give both you and the city enough time to ensure that your event is safe and that all required approvals and applicable licenses are in place. The larger and more complex the event, the more time it will take to review and process your application. Plan accordingly to avoid disappointment.

S.E.A.T. applications have the following deadlines, but you are strongly encouraged to submit earlier:

  • If your event will take place on a roadway, you will need to submit a S.E.A.T. application a minimum of 120 days in advance. 

  • If your event will not take place on a roadway, you will need to submit a S.E.A.T. application a minimum of 60 days in advance. 

S.E.A.T. will make the final determination as to whether an event that takes place on the road is to be deemed a full or partial closure.

When you submit an application, S.E.A.T.:

  • informs all of the affected City divisions about your proposed event.
  • makes sure that all health and safety guidelines are met
  • makes sure that all necessary permits, permissions, insurance and approvals are secured
  • ensures that there are no scheduling conflicts with other events or activities
  • ensures that City services are not negatively impacted as a result of your event

The safety of the people at your event and respect for City property is important. We maintain our facilities for long-term public use and event organizers are responsible for any damages caused by event activity.

S.E.A.T. reserves the right to waive the necessity for an application and to direct the event organizer to the alternative City application or processes to secure approval to use City property.  

Read the 2016 S.E.A.T. Guidelines (PDF, 449 KB) before you submit a S.E.A.T. application.

Complete the online S.E.A.T. application. Instructions on how to complete the 2016 SEAT Application can be found in the 2016 S.E.A.T. Guidelines on pages 3 and 4.

Contact us

Special Event Advisory Team
28 James Street North, Lister Block, 2nd Floor
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone: 905-546-4646
Email: eventsoffice@hamilton.ca
Appointments are strongly recommended.