Temporary Road Use Permits

Temporary Lane & Sidewalk Occupancy Permit

If you require short-term occupancy of sidewalks or lanes of a roadway, you first need a Temporary Lane and Sidewalk Occupancy Permit from the City of Hamilton. This ensures proper approvals and compliance requirements are met to keep the public safe on all City roads and sidewalks.

  1. Complete the Temporary Lane & Sidewalk Occupancy Permit Application (PDF, 2 MB). Please provide a minimum of 5 days notice.
  2. Submit the completed permit application and payment to::
    Corridor Management Office
    77 James Street North Suite 320
    Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K3
  3. If approved by the Corridor Management Office, the permit will be signed and issued to you. Permit is not valid until you return a signed copy to:
    Fax: 905-540-5926
    Email: cmstudent@hamilton.ca
  4. Once you have sent the signed copy, your permit will be valid for two weeks. You can renew your permit after two weeks at no charge.

You can pay for the road occupancy permit by cash, cheque or credit card. Make cheques payable to the City of Hamilton.

  • Permits must be on-site at all times and available for review by City of Hamilton Enforcement Staff.
  • You are responsible for reimbursing the City for any lost revenue from occupying a parking meter space.
  • You are responsible for the validation, meter bags, and payment at the Hamilton Municipal Parking System office.
  • Site must be left in the same condition as existed at time of permit issue. All damage to city property shall be made good or paid for.
  • All signing/delineation must conform with the Ministry of Transportations' Book 7 Signing Requirements for Temporary Conditions at the applicant’s cost.
  • You are  be liable for any damages or injuries which may arise through the execution of the work for which this permit is issued.
  • You must provide proof of $2,000,000 public liability insurance naming the City of Hamilton as an added insured.
  • Occupancy is only permitted on the condition that City by-laws are complied with.
  • Vehicles are not to be parked any closer than 3 metres from fire hydrants, 6 metres from crosswalks (marked or unmarked). No stopping zones (full, part or rush hour) must be adhered to. Any hoses, cords or pipes that cross the sidewalk must be ramped.
  • Pedestrian traffic must be controlled on the pedestrian right-of-way when it is necessary to cross the right-of-way.
  • Permit is not to be used for personal vehicles. Active loading and/or unloading of tools and/or materials is required for the parking of Commercial vehicles.

Temporary Full Road Closure Permits

You need a Temporary Road Closure Permit when occupancy of a full roadway or one full direction of traffic on a roadway is blocked for more than three to five minutes. 

Complete the following application:

You can pay for the road closure permit by cash, cheque or credit card. Make cheques payable to the City of Hamilton.

Oversize Truck Permits

If you want to operate an oversized or overweight truck on City roads, you need an Oversize Permit and proper liability insurance.

Complete the following application. 48 hour advance notice is required.

You can pay for the Oversize Truck permit by cash, cheque or credit card. Make cheques payable to the City of Hamilton. 

Commercial Access Permits

Commercial and high-density multi-unit residential (high volume) building driveway permits.

Reduced Load Roadways

Under the Highway Traffic Act, the province enforces reduced load restrictions on trucks to protect Ontario’s highways during spring thaw (March 1 to April 30), when road damage is most likely to occur. See Section 122 of the Highway Traffic Act to learn about reduced load weight specifications and other details.

Traffic Volumes (Counts)

Currently the City of Hamilton counts road segments and intersections on a case by case basis. You can view counts currently available using our Modern Traffic Analytics tool (MS2). The latest directional and 24hr volumes can be found on this map by clicking on the available intersections or midblock locations. 

You can request more detailed information for any of these locations. The fee is $63.35 per location.

Contact us

General Inquiries
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6381
Email: cmstudent@hamilton.ca