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Parking permits for business

Temporary encroachment permits

A Temporary Encroachment Permit is required to temporarily occupy the City's right of way for various activities. These permits ensure safety measures are in place to protect the public, and, to ensure the safety of pedestrian and vehicular movement.

A Temporary Encroachment Permit may be required for construction related activities, outdoor patios, and customer service boxes.

Construction related: Applicants are construction companies, contractors or residents requiring the right of way for the temporary placement of containers, stockpiling materials, and vehicles used in the construction process

Outdoor Patio: Applicants are business operators using the sidewalk space adjacent to the place of business as an outdoor patio.

Customer Service Boxes: provide free or paid publications to customers from independent boxes situated on the City's right-of-way.

For further information on encroachment permits, including the current fees, please call 613-580-2424, ext. 16000.

Business identity card annual parking permit

A Business Identity Card Annual Parking Permit is valid only for active pickup or delivery services and cannot exceed 15 minutes in a No Parking Zone or a Loading Zone. A permit holder must otherwise conform to City of Ottawa traffic and parking by-laws.

Required documentation

A business operator wishing to provide pickup or delivery service must complete an application for a Business Identity Card Annual Parking Permit and submit it to Client Service Centre staff. Additionally, a copy of the vehicle's registration bearing the name and address of the business applicant is necessary for each vehicle requiring a permit. If the business operator does not own the vehicle, that person must provide a leasing document from the vehicle owner specifying that the owner authorizes use of the vehicle by the business operator.

Where to obtain permits

Business Identity Card Annual Parking Permits can be obtained at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre listed for On-Street Residential Monthly Parking Permits.


A Business Identity Card Annual Parking Permit is valid only for the vehicle specified on the application, and the Permit Identity Card must be visibly displayed on the dash or driver's side window of the vehicle specified on the permit application. A business operator must obtain a permit for each vehicle used for pickup or delivery services.

A permit holder may not loan his or her permit to another person. If a permit holder obtains a replacement vehicle, he or she must visit a Client Service Centre and update the permit application. If a permit holder loses or damages a permit, he or she must visit a Client Service Centre and obtain a replacement permit.

The Business Identity Card Annual Parking Permit Program is limited to business-related pickups or deliveries in the City of Ottawa. As of January 1, 2017, the yearly cost is $120 plus HST, and replacing the card is $10 plus HST.

A Business Identity Card Annual Parking Permit may be cancelled if the permit holder fails to conform to permit regulations.