Musician and artist loading permit

The Ottawa musician and artist loading permit is to give frequent live music venues the ability to provide special short-term parking privileges to vehicles loading music and/or artistic equipment in or out of the permit holding venue.  

Each permit card will allow drivers to temporarily park on-street in a “Loading Zone” or signed “No Parking Zone” with the ability to leave vehicles displaying the musician and artist loading permit unattended and/or inactive for up to 15 minutes at a time, in addition to the time spent actively loading/un-loading the vehicle. 

What you need

The applicant must complete an online application form and provide:

  • A description in writing that they are venues hosting 15 or more live music events throughout the year. Live music is defined as an active performance of music by an individual (or individuals) who, at the time of and during performance, creates music or engages in an audible form of artistic expression. This includes the manipulation of instruments, DJ equipment, electronic music production and/or vocals.


$55.50 per year (2024). The cost of a replacement permit is $11.25.


Musician and artist loading permit application

We are currently experiencing longer than usual delays in processing permit applications. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

Note: Refunds are not available for this permit.