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Permission to Permit

A Permission to Permit allows homeowners and developers to pre-pay pavement degradation and surface restoration fees for a project at a flat rate. Only projects at a single residential property with a lot size of 15.25 m (50') or less, where total asphalt excavation will not exceed 100m2 are eligible.

Once a homeowner/developer has obtained a Permission to Permit, they must supply the Permission to Permit number to all contractors and utilities who will be excavating on their behalf. The contractor/utility must provide the Permission to Permit number to the Excavation Permit Office when they return their Excavation Permit.

All applicable pavement degradation fees and surface restoration fees will be charged to the permits in question on a per-cut basis if:

  • If a valid Permission to Permit number is not provided with the Excavation Permit return, or
  • If a valid Permission to Permit number is provided, but total asphalt excavation exceeds 100m2.

Applying for a Permission to Permit

To apply for a Permission to Permit, please bring a completed Permission to Permit Application to the Excavation Permit Office. Currently, Permission to Permit applications are accepted in-person only. Payment in full is due at the time of application, and can be made using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, debit or cheque.
Roads Permit office location map
Excavation Permit Office: 2808 Spiller Rd S.E., South Tower, on the main floor, beside the reception desk.

Cost of a Permission to Permit

Permission to Permit Cost = Pavement Degradation Fee + (if VCI ≥ 7) Surface Restoration Fee 

​Road Classification ​Pavement Degradation Fee ​Surface Restoration Fee
Local ​$1900 ​$3800
​Collector ​$1900 ​$4800
​Arterial ​$1900 ​$5800

We encourage you to check the maps for Road Classification and VCI of the streets adjacent to your property address. These online maps are updated annually. Please see the Excavation Permits page for more information on Road Classification and VCI.

If you would like an estimate for a Permission to Permit, please e-mail a completed Permission to Permit Application to the Excavation Permit Office. Please note, this will be an estimate only, fees may differ at time of application.

Important Permission to Permit Deadlines

Every Permission to Permit expires on December 31st of the year it was issued. To renew your Permission to Permit, submit an e-mail request to the Excavation Permit Office prior to the expiry date. There is no charge for renewal.