Street Occupancy Permit

Street Occupancy permits are required for any use of a street right of way that is prohibited by the Street Traffic Bylaw or posted regulations.  The street right of way encompasses streets (including lanes) and boulevards (including sidewalks). 

Street Occupancy Permits are only issued for areas that are essential for the required street usage.  Impacts on traffic (vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists) and surrounding properties must be kept to a minimum and may require consultation.  Depending on the nature of the street use, approval for Street Occupancy Permits may require a Traffic Management Plan (TMP), a damage deposit, proof of insurance or copies of consultation correspondence.

Some examples of a Street Occupancy Permits are:

  • Disposal bins
  • Moving Pods/trucks
  • Street Festivals
  • Block Parties
  • Road Closures
  • Developments
  • Crane lifts
  • Recreational vehicles

A Street Occupancy Permit requires 5 business days to process. Please make sure to review all of the below to see what may be applicable to you.

As a courtesy, the city may place some no parking signs up to reserve the spaces requested for your street use.

  • The fee for Street Occupancy Permits is $35.00 per block face per day, and applies to occupation of full or partial blocks.  A block face is the area between the property line and the road centerline for a distance of 1 block.  The block can be defined as the area between 2 cross streets or by block numbers.  When parking meter spaces are occupied an additional fee of $15.00 per meter space per day is charged. We do not hood Pay Stations as they can be for number of other spots that won’t be used by the permit holder so charge them depending upon how many car spaces they need to use. Usually a car space is 6 – 7 meters.

    Exceptions to the above rates include parades or festivals which are charged a flat rate of $125.00 per day, and block parties which are charged a flat rate of $35.00 per day.  Permits for temporarily parking recreation vehicles on City streets can be purchased for $5.00 per day.  These exceptions are subject to conditions and require City approval.

  • Any street usage that will impact movement of vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists will require a TMP.  Street Occupancy Permits will not be issued until the TMP has been approved.  Approval of TMPs will be conditional on some or all of the requirements indicated below.  The required elements must all be indicated on the TMP.

    TMPs need to address the movement of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.  They do not have to be done to scale, but should be reasonably accurate proportionally.  Signs, cones, barricades and traffic control persons (TCPs) should all be indicated.  Street names should be designated and affected lanes and driveways are to be shown.  Road markings and medians should also be added.  Sidewalks will need to be indicated if pedestrian movements are impacted.  Critical dimensions relating to the work area and traffic control are to be shown. 

    For vehicular traffic TMPs need to address through traffic, turning movements, on-street parking and driveway access/egress.  When parking meter spaces are to be occupied, the meters and meter numbers are to be indicated on the TMP.  Parking lanes can be used to provide additional travel lanes if volumes on the street dictate that capacity is a priority.  If volumes are low and parking is at a premium, single lane alternating traffic may be approved with parking maintained in the curb lane.  If driveways or on-street parking are to be impeded there must be consultation with those affected.  When single lane alternating traffic is in place TCPs will need to monitor vehicles exiting from driveways and curbside parking. 

    Pedestrian traffic includes ambulatory persons as well as those using wheelchairs or mobility assistive devices.  If sidewalks or crosswalks are impacted, temporary measures will be required to deal with pedestrian movements. These measures could   include a full closure, a temporary closure or a diversion.  Any temporary measures should retain the existing level of accessibility.  Extended sidewalk closures will not be permitted if site hoarding can be constructed to provide safe pedestrian passage.  If pedestrian traffic is not affected this should be clearly noted on the TMP.

    A full closure would divert pedestrians to the opposite side of the street or some other alternate route.  Signage would be required at the previous legal and safe crossings for both directions.  If there are no destinations on the block the signs should read “SIDEWALK CLOSED”.  If there are destinations within the block that are still accessible from one end or the other the signs should read “SIDEWALK CLOSED AHEAD”.  A proper closure would then have to be in place at the work site.

    Short term closures are possible when pedestrian volumes are light and work can be stopped and pedestrians allowed to pass safely and with minimal delays.

    Temporary diversions may be approved provided pedestrian safety is not compromised and accessibility is maintained.  The temporary diversion could be in the form of an asphalt or wooden walkway, or re-routing pedestrians onto the roadway.  Using the roadway would require proper separation between pedestrians and vehicles, and accessible transitions between the sidewalk and the roadway.

    If pedestrian access to a specific destination is prevented or delayed, there must be consultation and accommodation if necessary.

    Cyclists must be assisted in passing through closure areas safely.  If travel lanes are significantly reduced TCPs should stop vehicle traffic to allow cyclists to pass.  When construction results in the closure of a marked bike lane and cyclists on the route must use regular travel lanes, “SHARE THE ROAD” signs are to be installed as part of the TMP. 

    The Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadways produced by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is aimed primarily at highway conditions, and should be used only as a reference when preparing TMPs for urban environments.  Photocopies or cited figure numbers from the manual are not acceptable as TMPs.

  • Contact Tony at CMBC:

    778.593.5774

  • A Street Occupancy Permit is required to hold a street festival or parade within the City of New Westminster.  Parades must be approved by the New Westminster Police Department before a permit will be issued.

    The cost for a Street Occupancy permit to hold a street festival or parade is $125.00+GST.

  • Recreational vehicles and attached recreational trailers are only permitted on city streets for no longer than 48 hours without obtaining a $5/day Street Occupancy Permit. Permits will be issued for no more than 7 consecutive days to a maximum of 28 days a year with a minimum 5-day gap between permit renewals.
  • Proof of insurance will be required for any work which has the potential to cause injury or damage of a value greater than the damage deposit.  The insurance should consist of $5 million liability with the City of New Westminster named as additionally insured.
  • Damage deposits will be required for any work that damages or has the potential to damage any City infrastructure.  The deposits will be used for any repair work required to do any excavations or drill holes where reconstruction by the permit holder was not done to proper standards.  The deposit will also be used to repair any other damage which has been caused by the work or equipment and has not been adequately repaired by the permit holder.  The permit holder will be responsible for documenting any pre-existing damage at the site.  The amount of the deposit required will be determined by the City.

  • Engineering Department

    511 Royal Avenue

    604-527-4592

  • Please note, the online application is currently being reviewed and will be available soon.