Permits and Municipal Consent

Who to contact: THE COUNTIES OR MY MUNICIPALITY?

These permits are only for County Roads.

For municipal roads, contact your municipality directly.

Types of Permits

Consult the different types of permits in each of the following drop-down menus.

Vehicles or loads exceeding limits

By-law

This permit applies to the transportation of vehicles, loads, objects or buildings that exceed the dimension and/or weight (consult the By-law on the dedicated page of this website) prescribed in the Highway Traffic Act on County Roads.

Each driver of a vehicle or load that exceeds limits must have his own licence. The prescribed limits are as follows:

  • Maximum width without permit: 2.6 metres
  • Maximum height without permit: 4.15 metres
  • Maximum length: 12.5 metres
  • Semi-trailer: 16.2 metres
  • Combination: 23 metres
  • Maximum weight: according to the Highway Traffic Act standards

Special conditions

A private escort of two vehicles is required to lead and follow vehicles with width of 4 to 4.99 metres. An Ontario Provincial Police escort or an over-dimensional vehicle escort is required for widths exceeding 5.00 metres as per the Ontario Regulation 215/18.

New requirement

All loads of more than 4 metres wide must obtain a single move permit before moving.

Annual permit fee

  • $200 per vehicle

Permit applications

Special for Reduced Loads (thawing)

By-law

In order to protect county roads against crucial damages that could occur during thawing period in the spring, restrictions on heavy charges are imposed. It is true that particular weather conditions during spring and high water concentration in between material layers can considerably reduce the support capacity and use resistance of the roads.

Thawing period

Limit by axle

During the reduced-load period, the limit is five tons per axle. Any charge capable of being reduced, such as concrete, grain, and rock must be so, to abide by this limit.

Permit fee

A permit fee of $300 per vehicle is required during thawing period.

Furthermore, a single move permit must be issued to permit holders each time they move equipment or objects that exceed prescribed limits. The permit holder must obtain his special reduced loads permit (seasonal) before obtaining his single move permit for daily trips.

Permit applications

Private Entranceway Construction

By-law

The  construction, removal, relocation, widening, and replacement of a private entrance way on a County Road (consult the By-law on the dedicated page of this website), whether it is residential, commercial or farmland, must receive a permit beforehand, as stipulated by the By-law.

The Department must also give instructions related to the construction, such as the length and diameter of the pipe (if necessary), the location, the filling, etc.

The owner is responsible for the entire cost related to the construction of a new driveway and will remain responsible afterwards.

Permit fee

A permit fee of $200, non-refundable, is required. Furthermore, a security deposit of $1,500 is also required. This deposit is refundable to the permit holder once work is completed and approved by the Foreman.

Permit applications

Front-yard Ditch Filling

By-law

Land owners are responsible for the maintenance of their front-yard ditch on their property as well as being responsible for the works and the costs related to this improvement. Any future maintenance of this filling is also the sole responsibility of the owner.

In accordance with the construction of private entrances on county roads and to prohibit the obstruction of ditches, watercourses and other water outlets (consult the By-law on the dedicated page of this website), a permit to fill a front-yard ditch must be obtained prior to beginning the works.

Permit fee

A permit fee of $200 is required. Furthermore, a minimum security deposit of $1,000 is required ($200 per linear metre with a minimum of $1,000). This deposit is refundable when the labour is completed and approved by the Foreman, and when the grass has grown.

Permit applications

Road cut

By-law

In accordance with construction and installation, of road cuts and curb cuts located on roads in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, and to provide for the entry upon and reinstatement of roads in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (consult the By-law on the dedicated page of this website), a permit is mandatory for work within any County Road right-of-way, carried out by using methods, such as excavation or drilling.

Permit fee

A permit fee of $200, non-refundable, is required.

Furthermore, a security deposit is required (consult the following list). This deposit is refundable to the permit holder when labour is completed and approved by the Foreman, after a two-year period.

Work list covered by this permit

Ditch cut

  • Includes boring under a road going from the ditch.
Security deposit
  • $25 per square metre
  • $500 (minimum deposit)

Gravel road cut

  • 100% of the travelled portion, by 3 metres or less in width
Security deposit
  • $1,000
  • $50 per square metre for additional width

Asphalt road cut less than 50% of the traveled portion, by 3 metres or less in width

Security deposit
  • $3,000
  • $200 per square metre for additional width

Asphalt road cut more than 50% of the travelled portion, by 3 metres or less in width.

Security deposit
  • $5,000
  • $200 per square metre for additional width

Permit applications

Sign permits

By-law

This permit is to regulate the installation of signs on road allowance on a County Road (consult the By-law on the dedicated page of this website). It is strictly forbidden to erect, install, publish, display or maintain a sign on the road allowance of any County Road. Please refer to By-law for exemptions.

Permit fee

There is no fee associated with this permit.

Permit applications

In order to erect a sign, the applicant must apply and have the approval of the Public Works' Director.

Municipal Consent (MC)

The Municipal Consent application is for UTILITY USE ONLY and is to be submitted by the utilities or their contractors for work within the Counties' Right-of-Way. Please see information in the drop-down menu below.

About a Municipal Consent

What is a Municipal Consent?

A Municipal Consent (MC) is the municipality's authorization for a Utility Company to occupy a specific location within the Counties' Right-Of-Way (ROW). MC's are only issued to utility companies who have the authority to construct, operate, and maintain their infrastructure within the ROW as established through legislation, a Municipal Access Agreement, or a Franchise Agreement.

When do I need a Municipal Consent?

All proposed new utility installations or any work done by a Utility Company within the Counties' ROW require MC from the Counties Public Works Department.

How do I apply?

Fill out and submit a Municipal Consent application:

  • The Counties reserve the right to require 10 business days for providing review comments, refusal of work, or approval to the proponent. MC applications should be submitted well in advance of the proposed work.
  • The approval of a MC is valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance. If the work is not completed in its entirety within the one-year period, the Applicant must reapply for MC.
  • If an agent/contractor is applying on behalf of the utility company, please specify for which utility company the work is for.
  • No fees are applicable
Should you require assistance with your submission, please contact us:
  • by phone at 613-675-4661;
  • toll free at 1-800-667-6307; or
  • by email at [email protected].