The Permission to Permit (P2P) is not an actual permit,
but is a means for a property owner or developer to pay an up-front flat rate
degradation and surface restoration fee for small cuts so that when excavation
permits are issued for these same cuts the fees are not re-billed to the
- Permission to Permit is only issued when the property being excavated is residential. For other property types, please apply directly for an excavation permit.
- Permission to Permit is only issued when the total area of all excavations into roadways adjacent to the permitted property does not exceed 100m2. Do not apply for Permission to Permit if the total area of all cuts will exceed 100m2.
- If only a single utility will be making a single cut, the best and most cost-effective method of payment is through applying directly for an excavation permit. Permission to Permit is meant for people requiring multiple cuts on the same property.
- Permission to permit must be issued before the excavation permit in order to qualify for the Permission to Permit rate. If Excavation permits have already been issued then there is no benefit to applying for a Permission to Permit.
How to apply
Apply in person to the Excavation Permit Service Counter
2808 Spiller Rd S.E., South Tower, on the main floor, beside the reception desk.
Permission to Permit is only valid within the calendar year that it is issued. For example, if work begins on October 1 of 2015 then a P2P issued before this date, but within 2015, will expire on December 31, 2015. It is the responsibility of the holder of the Permission to Permit to request a permit extension before December 1 of the calendar year in which the P2P is expiring. If this notice is not received in a timely manner an extension cannot be issued and a new application will be required, subject to new charges of degradation and surface restoration fees – No exceptions.
It is also the responsibility of the holder of the P2P to notify the City and close the permit when work is complete. If work is complete before September 15 and The City receives notice that this is complete, then repair work/inspections can be scheduled and completed in the next calendar year. Otherwise, if the permit is closed after this date, work/inspections will likely be delayed for an additional year.
- Work is complete and The City is notified before September 15, 2015 - repairs and/or inspections will be complete in 2016.
- Work is complete and The City is notified after September 15, 2015 - repairs and/or inspections will likely have to wait until 2017.
Permission to Permit numbers must be issued prior to issuing of excavation permits for the property. Any Excavation Permits existing at the time that the Permission to Permit is issued will be subject to full degradation and surface restoration fees.
In the case where there is only a single utility performing excavation work on a property a P2P is not required. It is recommended that these fees are paid separately.