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Temporary road closure

When conducting construction works or as part of development in the municipal right of way, a Temporary Road Closure may be required. City approval is required in advance of temporarily closing any city road, sidewalk or bike lane. Additional review is required for the closure of sidewalks and/or bike lanes and as a result may extend timelines to issue a permit.  Temporary road closures are governed by the Road Activity By-law No. 2003-445.

A minimum of 10 business days notification to the City is required prior to closing a road.

Road closures may be associated with or part of a Road Cut application form.

Permit requirements:

  • The plan for the work and its location
  • A completed sketch and Temporary Road Closure Application Form;
    • Sketches should indicate the planned closure and detour and include a north arrow, the location of sidewalks, bike lanes, bus stops, parking meters, turn lanes and the number of lanes on the road.
  • The anticipated start date
  • The duration of the work
  • The name of the permit holder and the person undertaking the work
  • A telephone number that will be maintained and answered at all times (24 hours, seven days-a-week) from the date of the notice until the completion of the work.

Permit holders, at least ten days prior to commencing the work, are responsible for notifying every resident, tenant and business located beside or near where the work will take place, in writing and in both official languages. Additionally, permit holders are to notify the Ward Councillor of the work.

Permit holders are required to display City approval of the Temporary Road Closure at the site of the road closure.

Step 1: Review the permit requirements and gather required information.

Step 2: Plan the road closure, including making a sketch of the area to be closed.

Step 3: Complete the Temporary Road Closure Application Form.

Step 4: Submit the completed application form and supporting documentation to the Right of Way permit office (inspection_office@ottawa.ca)

Step 5: Permit applicants will be notified of city approval for the Temporary Road Closure by the Right of Way permit office.

If you have any questions regarding Temporary Road Closures, please contact inspection_office@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext.16000