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, parking lanes, and travel 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. Access for pedestrians and cyclists must be carefully planned for. 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 street uses that require a Street Occupancy Permits are:

  • Disposal bins
  • Moving pods/trucks
  • Street festivals
  • Block parties
  • Road closures
  • Development related construction activity (such as crane lifts, concrete pours, staging and deliveries)
  • Crane lifts
  • Recreational vehicles

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

***We are currently experiencing a high volume of Street Occupancy Permit applications, and processing times are longer than normal. We cannot currently guarantee approval within 5 business days. You can help by ensuring that your application is complete, and that your Traffic Management Plan has been carefully prepared by a qualified traffic management professional.

  • The fee for Street Occupancy Permits is $38.25 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.  For pay station zones, the charge is per car space needed (a space is approx. 7 meters).

    Exceptions to the above rates are festivals which are charged a flat rate of $155.00 per day. Block parties and parades are charged at a flat rate of $38.25 per day.  Permits for temporarily parking of recreation vehicles on City streets can be purchased for $7.65 per day.  These exceptions are subject to conditions and require City approval.

    Temporary No Parking Signs

    As of March 12, 2019, a new fee will be charged for the installation of temporary no parking signs for Street Occupancy Permits. The fee is $50.00 per block face up to a maximum of $150.00. Having these signs installed allows the city to courtesy tow any cars parked at the location when the signs were put up. For vehicles that park after the installation of the signs, the city can tow/ticket at the vehicle owners expense. It is not mandatory to request the signage but it is recommended; the city is not able to tow vehicles if the signs are not in place.

  • Any street usage that will impact the movement of vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists will require a Traffic Management Plan (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 shown clearly on the TMP.

    TMPs need to address the movement of vehicles, pedestrians including people with disabilities 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 clearly indicated.  Street names should be clearly labelled and affected lanes and driveways must be shown.  Road markings and medians should also be shown.  Sidewalks will need to be indicated if pedestrian movements are impacted, and any sidewalk, bike lane, or greenway that is impacted must have a provision included to ensure safe, convenient passage for pedestrians.  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 identified on the TMP.  Parking lanes can be used to provide additional travel lanes if motor vehicle 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 be needed 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 reasonable detour 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 detour 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.

    While not preferred, short term sidewalk closures may be permitted when pedestrian volumes are low and work can be stopped so pedestrians can pass safely with minimal delays.

    Temporary sidewalk diversions may be approved provided pedestrian safety is not compromised and accessibility for people with disabilities 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 with the impacted property and accommodation as 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 TMPs. 

    Where construction occurs on a designated greenway or bikeway and a detour is required, the detour must be clearly signed, and cyclists must be detoured to routes that are safe. Movement at intersections must be carefully planned and signage clearly indicated on the TMPs.

    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 the Special Event Coordinator at Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC):

    Tel: 778.593.5774


  • A Prime Contractor must be named for any work being undertaken on City Streets and a completed Prime Contractor Designation Form must be received by the City before a Street Occupancy Permit will be issued.

    A printable copy of the Prime Contractor Designation form is available here.

  • Proof of insurance is 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.

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