Township of Severn issues a variety of road permits. Review each of the road permits and applications and learn how to apply.

Entrance permits

The Public Works department maintains the current inventory of municipal culverts and ditches but no longer provides installation of entrances. The two permit process includes submission and approval of an entrance permit application by the home owner, and secondly, the submission of a road occupancy permit application by the contractor. 

When do I need an entrance permit?

Examples of activities requiring a permit: 

  • construction of a new entrance
  • changing the location of an existing entrance
  • changing the design or width of an existing entrance
  • changing a temporary entrance to a permanent entrance
  • changing the use of the land into which the entrance provides access
  • constructing a headwall or decorative structure to an entrance
  • applying asphalt, concrete or any other road surfacing material to an entrance

Approval process

The property owner needs to complete and submit an entrance permit application at least ten working days in advance of the work. The entrance permit is valid for six months.

Next steps

After the entrance permit has been issued, the contractor must submit a road occupancy permit application for the installation of the entrance.  Detailed requirements such as the size or materials will based on current Municipal Standards and included for the contractor's reference. 

Fees

The application fee is $100 plus HST. The application fee includes a review of the proposed entrance, recommendations for installation and final inspection when completed.

How do I apply?

You can apply for an entrance permit online using the form below.  Your permit request will be reviewed by staff and you may be contacted for further information. Payment can be made by cheque (to Township of Severn) or in person at our Administration Office.

You can also submit your permit application:

  • in person to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn
  • by email
  • mail to Township of Severn, PO Box 159, Orillia, Ontario  L3V 6J3
  • courier to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn, Ontario  L3V 0Y6

Review the Entrance Permit By-law for a complete list of application fees and details about entrance construction requirements.

Road occupancy permits

A road occupancy permit is required for work within any portion of the public right-of-way (roads, curbs, sidewalks,  and boulevards) whether the work requires a closure or lane restrictions or not. 

When do I need a road occupancy permit?

Examples of activities requiring a permit:
  • Entrance construction including curb cuts, culvert installation or removal
  • Paving of a driveway
  • Altering of roads, curbs, sidewalks or boulevards
  • Storage of disposal bins located on the right of way
  • Some ground pool installations and some demolition or building permits
  • Utility repairs or installations

Approval process

An application for road occupancy permit shall be made in the name of the person or persons performing the work and not in the name of an agent or property owner. Road occupancy permits are non-transferable.

The road occupancy permit applications must be submitted a minimum of ten working days in advance. Full road closures may take up to six weeks to process if Council approval is needed. 

The road occupancy permit is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance. Permits can be renewed at no charge a minimum of five business days prior to permit expiry. 

Under the Provincial Offences Act and the Road Occupancy By-law a person or agency can be fined $500 for failure to obtain a road occupancy permit.

Fees

Permit fee (non-refundable) $125 plus HST (includes inspection)
Road cut fee (non-refundable) $250 plus HST
Additional inspections $100 plus HST
Pavement degradation fees  
     Pavement age: 0 to 15 years $40 plus HST per square metre
     Pavement age: 16 to 30 years $25 plus HST per square metre
     Pavement age: more than 30 years $0 per plus HST square metre
Work performed by Severn due to Failure to Comply Actual cost plus a 15 percent administration fee

 

How do I apply?

You can apply for a road occupancy permit online using the form below.

You will need to include the following information with your application:

  • name and contact information
  • description of the scheduled work
  • proof of insurance naming the Township of Severn as an additional insured

Your permit request will be reviewed by staff and you may be contacted for further information. Payment can be made by cheque (to Township of Severn) or in person at our Administration Office. 

Apply for a road occupancy permit

You can also submit your permit application:

  • in person to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn
  • by email
  • mail to Township of Severn, PO Box 159, Orillia, Ontario  L3V 6J3
  • courier to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn, Ontario  L3V 0Y6

Road closure permits

A road closure permit confirms municipal authorization to close roadways to vehicular traffic on a temporary basis to provide for a social, recreational, community, athletic or cinematographic purposes. 

How do I apply? 

If you would like to close a road temporarily for any reason, you need a road closure permit. You can apply online using the form below.

You will need to include the following information with your application:

  • name and contact information
  • description of the proposed road closure and activity
  • proof of insurance naming the Township of Severn as an additional insured

 

You can also submit your permit application:

  • in person to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn
  • by email
  • mail to Township of Severn, PO Box 159, Orillia, Ontario  L3V 6J3
  • courier to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn, Ontario  L3V 0Y6

 Please submit your request at least 30 days before the proposed road closure.

 

 Fees
 There is no fee for a temporary road closure permit. 

Annual moving permits

Annual moving permits are valid annually from January 1 to December 31. You can review the Moving of Heavy Vehicles and Structures By-Law for a complete list of application fees and details.

When do I need an annual moving permit?

Annual moving permits are necessary for companies that require the movement of items or equipment (maximum width of 3.70 m, maximum height of 4.26 m and with a maximum weight in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act) repeatedly on the public right-of-way within Severn.  We require ten business days for review and approval of an annual moving permit.

Fees

Permit fee (non-refundable) $50 plus HST (includes final route inspection)
Security deposit (refundable) $500

How do I apply?

You will need to include the following information with your application:

  • name and contact information
  • description of the load including the weight, size and route
  • proof of insurance naming the Township of Severn as an additional insured

Please contact us to request an application. 

You can submit your permit application:

  • in person to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn
  • by email
  • mail to Township of Severn, PO Box 159, Orillia, Ontario  L3V 6J3
  • courier to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn, Ontario  L3V 0Y6

Single moving permits

Single moving applications are used primarily for companies that have to move heavy or oversize loads for specific dates. A heavy or oversized load is defined in the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. You can review the Moving of Heavy Vehicles and Structures By-Law for a complete list of application fees and details about road occupancy requirements.

When do I need an single moving permit?

If you need to move an oversize load such as equipment, vehicles, objects or structures on Township of Severn roads, you need to single moving permit. Oversized loads are any vehicle, load, object or structure 2.6 m (8.5 feet) in width, 12.5 m (41 feet) in length or 4.15 m (13.6 feet) in height. An oversized load is defined in the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

Approval process

We require ten business days for review and approval of a single moving permit.

Next steps

Once the move has been completed, contact us to request a final inspection of the identified route and return of your security deposit.

Fees

Permit fee (non-refundable) $150 plus HST (includes final route inspection)
Security deposit (refundable) $500

How do I apply?

You can apply for a single moving permit online using the form below. Your permit request will be reviewed by staff and you may be contacted for further information. Payment can be made by cheque (to Township of Severn) or in person at our Administration Office. 

 Apply for a single moving permit

You will need to include the following information with your application:

  • name and contact information
  • description of the load including the weight, size and route
  • proof of insurance naming the Township of Severn as an additional insured
  • agencies you've notified, including:
    • Hydro One
    • Bell Canada
    • Simcoe County
    • MTO approval
    • other as required

You can also submit your permit application:

  • in person to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn
  • by email
  • mail to Township of Severn, PO Box 159, Orillia, Ontario  L3V 6J3
  • courier to Township of Severn, 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn, Ontario  L3V 0Y6

Municipal consent

Municipal consent gives municipal authorization for a utility to occupy a specific location within our right-of-way. Standard utility corridors and alignments are detailed in the Engineering Design Guidelines to avoid conflicts between existing, proposed and future utility and municipal infrastructure.

We usually only issue Municipal Consent to companies or persons who have the authority to construct, operate and maintain their infrastructure within the right-of-way. 

Severn has developed a Municipal Consent Guidelines document to provide guidance for the review of Municipal Consent applications.

Municipal Consent Guidelines

When do I need Municipal Consent?

Most proposed new utility installations within municipal right-of-way require Municipal Consent. This excludes emergency work or single service connections.

If any part of the new installation crosses a provincial or County of Simcoe highway, you will need to have the needed provincial and county approvals.

All projects that require Municipal Consent must also have an approved road occupancy permit. The permit will will not be issued until Municipal Consent is granted.

Approval process

We require 30 days for review and approval of the Municipal Consent. Larger or non-standard submissions may need additional time. Municipal Consents are processed in order of submission. A Municipal Consent is valid for one year from the date of issuance. If the work is not completed within the one year, you must reapply.

Next steps

After the Municipal Consent has been issued, you should apply for a road occupancy permit. 

Fees

We do not charge a fee for Municipal Consent.

How do I apply?

Applications for Municipal Consent must be made in the name of the utility. The submission must include complete and accurate plans including offsets from existing infrastructure and the depth of the installation.

Please submit a cover letter and full drawing set by email at least 30 days before you plan to begin work. All plans must be in PDF format. The cover letter should include the:

  • utility company full name
  • project manager contact information (name, address and phone)
  • detailed description of proposed works (location and activity)