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Right-of-way

Café seating permit

The Cafe Seating program allows businesses to place limited outdoor seating on the road allowance. A Café Seating Permit allows businesses to have a maximum of four tables with two chairs each against the wall of their building. At no time can alcohol be served at the cafe seating. 

A Café Seating Permit starts on April 15 in the year the permit is obtained and expires on April 14 of the following year.

Approximate cost

  • $162.20 annually
  • $58 annual processing fee

Approximate timeline

  • Approved upon application

Permit requirements

Issuance of a café seating permit is conditional upon the following requirements:

  • Allowing at all times the required minimum unencumbered sidewalk width of 1.8 metres
  • Not obstructing or interfering with public travel, any public service, or maintenance operations
  • Tables and chairs must at all times be against the wall of the building
  • Tables and chairs must be removed by 11 p.m. each night
  • Maximum 2 permits per location

Who to contact

Applications are available at the Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 Floor East, 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., 613-580-2424, ext. 16000 or call 3-1-1

Where to apply

Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 East, 613-580-2424, ext. 16000

Are you planning to open a restaurant, bakery, café, butcher shop or another type of food establishment? The City of Ottawa has resources to assist business owners who are starting to plan and operate a new food establishment, including the Business Ambassador Service and the online Food Premises Application tool available on My ServiceOttawa.

Over-dimensional vehicle permit

A permit is required in order to operate an over-dimensional vehicle on City Streets.  Over-dimensional vehicles are those that meet or exceed the following dimensions: 

  • Height: 13’-6’ (4.15m)
  • Width: 8’-6” (2.6m)
  • Length: 68’-9” (21m)
  • Weight: 140,000 lbs (63,500kg)

Approximate cost

  • Annual: $300.00
  • Project (up to 6 months): $226.00
  • Single Trip: $92.00
  • Single Trip - Super Load $726.00

Approximate timeline

  • 2  business days

Permit requirements

  • Application Form
  • Fee

Who to contact

Right of Way Permit Office, 613-580-2424, ext. 16000 or 3-1-1

Where to apply

Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 East, or electronically at ROW_Permit_Office@Ottawa.ca

Private approach permit

If you plan to create, widen or close your driveway, you need to apply for a Private Approach Permit.

Approximate cost

  • $152 Residential Private Approach
    • $89 Culvert Inspection
  • $152 Temporary Access
    • $89 Culvert Inspection
  • Commercial, Industrial or Multi-Residential
    • 1-49 parking spaces ($263)
    • 50-99 parking spaces ($526)
    • 100 or more parking spaces ($674)
  • Closure of a Redundant Approach ($152.00)

Approximate timeline

  • Approximately 1-2 weeks

Permit requirements

  • Application Form
  • Fee
  • Sketch, Drawing or Survey

Who to contact

Applications are available at the Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 Floor East, 613-580-2424, ext. 16000, 3-1-1 or visit any Client Service Centre

Where to apply

Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 East, 613-580-2424, ext. 16000 and all Client Service Centres.

Road cut permit

A permit is required before anyone can undertake a road cut, which is defined as: “a surface or subsurface cut in any part of a highway made by any means, including excavation, reconstruction, cutting, overlaying, crack sealing, braking, boring, jacking or tunnelling operations”.

Approximate cost

  • $426.00

Methods of payment

  • By Phone: Visa, Mastercard or American Express
  • In Person: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit, Cheque or Cash (cash must be in exact amount)

Approximate timeline

  • 2 - 4 business days if with a Traffic Management Plan form (exception to this turn-around time may occur in high seasons - can take up to 8 business days).

Permit requirements

  • Application Form
  • Fee
  • Proof of insurance
  • Municipal Approval
  • Bond

Who to contact

Right of Way Permit Office, 613-580-2424, ext. 16000 or 3-1-1

Where to apply

Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 East, or electronically at ROW_Permit_Office@Ottawa.ca. Pick up only at Client Service Centres.

Temporary construction-related encroachment permit

Temporary Construction-related Encroachment Permits are issued to clients undertaking a private property project requiring the use of City road allowance in order to store materials and/or stage part of their work. 

Approximate cost

  • Processing fee: $58.00
  • Rental on boulevard: $ 0.63/m2/day
  • Rental on sidewalk/roadway: $ 1.48/m2/day
  • Minimum rental charge: $ 29.10 daily

Approximate timeline

  • One complete working day

Permit requirements

  • Application Form
  • Fee

Who to contact

Right of Way Permit Office, 613-580-2424, ext. 16000 or call 3-1-1

Where to apply

Right of Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6 East, or electronically at ROW_Permit_Office@Ottawa.ca

Temporary outdoor patio encroachment

The Outdoor Patio program allows businesses, such as bars, restaurants and cafés, to put outdoor seating on the road allowance. An initial review and approval in accordance with the provisions of the Encroachment By-law is required, after which an annual permit may be issued.

The annual permit for a patio starts on the first day the encroachment is used in the current year and expires on April 14 of the following year, with a fee that is calculated for the number of days from the permit start date to September 30.

Approximate cost

Approval process

  • $317.20 First Time Review Fee (An additional $530.00 will be applied to the First Time Review fee if public circulation is required)

Annual permit

  • $1.18/square metre/day
  • $58 Annual Processing Fee

Approximate timeline

  • 4-8 weeks (varies depending on approval requirements)

Permit requirements

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • A description of the proposed encroachment and all of the materials to be used in the construction and operation of the encroachment, including all appurtenances such as canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs, wrought-iron railings and half walls
  • A plan showing the location and dimensions of the encroachment, the premises to which the encroachment will be appurtenant and the location of all relevant lot lines and existing surface features

Who to contact

Right-of-Way Permit Office at 613-580-2424 ext. 16000 or 3-1-1

Where to apply

Applications may be submitted at the Right-of-Way Permit Office, 100 Constellation Drive, 6th Floor East and all Client Service Centres..

Are you planning to open a restaurant, bakery, café, butcher shop or another type of food establishment? The City of Ottawa has resources to assist business owners who are starting to plan and operate a new food establishment, including the Business Ambassador Service and the online Food Premises Application tool available on My ServiceOttawa.