Roads & Transportation
The Town of Collingwood Public Works is responsible for road maintenance operations throughout the Town. Public Works is part of the Public Works, Engineering and Environmental Services department and undertakes preventative and safety related activities to ensure the safe and efficient movement of traffic and pedestrians. Services include:
- Traffic Signs and Signals
- Winter operations
- Entrance & Road Occupancy Permits
- Oversize /Overweight Load Permits
- Tree trimming & removal
The Public Works department also conducts preventative maintenance activities that protect and prolong the life of the Town's infrastructure. These activities include asphalt patching, asphalt paving, gravel resurfacing, catch basin maintenance, and sewer flushing and repair.
For inquiries related to the Public Works department, or to report an issue, please contact:
In person: 545 Tenth Line North, Collingwood ON
Application for Road Occupancy Permit / Entrance Permit is made by completing the relevant application form. Only the persons performing the intended work are able to apply for a permit unless otherwise provided for in By-law 2018-031.
All applications are subject to processing timelines, permits are not issued at the time of application. Standard processing timelines are dependent on the scope, duration and impacts of the intended work. Normal processing timelines are 5 business days from the date that a complete application is submitted.
Permit fees are due at the time of submission and are required for a complete application.
Required documentation in order for an application to be complete:
- Road Occupancy Permit / Entrance Permit application
- Liability Insurance Certificate requirements
- Sketch / Description of proposed work
- Traffic Management Plan in accordance with Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 Temporary Conditions
- Permit Fee in the amount of $130.00, payable by cash, debit or cheque. Payment can be made in person at Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street or by mail to 97 Hurontario Street, P.O. Box 157, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z5.
Permits can be submitted
- In person 545 Tenth Line, Collingwood, ON
- Mail 97 Hurontario Street, P.O. Box 157, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z5
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org (permits submitted by email will not be issued until payment is received).
Call Before you Dig
Before you excavate, be sure to contact ON1Call to have all underground services located.
The Town issues oversize/overweight load permits for vehicles and/or loads when the dimensions and/or weight exceeds the limits set out in the Highway Traffic Act. Please refer to the Guide to Oversize Loads for a breakdown of dimension and weight limitations.
Permit Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted 5 business days prior to commencement of work.
- Complete application
- Liability Insurance
Permits can be submitted
- In person: 545 Tenth Line, Collingwood, ON
- Mail: 97 Hurontario Street, P.O. Box 157, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z5
- Email: email@example.com
- Payment by cash, debit or cheque can be made in person at Town Hall or cheques may be mailed to 97 Hurontario Street, PO Box 157, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 3Z5
During the designated Reduced Load restriction period, commercial vehicles are not to exceed a weight of 5,000 kilograms per axle, unless they meet the exceptions defined under the Highway Traffic Act. For more information please contact Engineering Services at 705-445-1292 ext. 4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Load Restriction By-Law (including list of unrestricted roads)
If you have water coming back up your drains you may have a blocked sewer.
Public Works can determine whether the blockage is in the main or in the lateral. If the blockage is in the main that runs down the middle of the street, the Town is responsible for clearing it.
The homeowner is responsible for the sewer lateral from the house to the main. Public Works can clear it for the homeowner for a fee. Homeowners also have the option of calling a private service provider.
Public Works will need a cleanout to access the sewer lateral. If there is no clean out you will need to contact a private service provider to have one installed before Public Works is able to do any work.
Blockages that are clogs in the sewer lateral may be caused by items that are incorrectly flushed down the drain such as:
- Fat, oil and cooking grease, which cool, harden and stick to the inside of pipes.
- Wipes of any kind (even those that are “flushable”).
- Sanitary supplies, dental floss and other personal hygiene products.
Before doing any work beyond the outside walls of the building, contact Ontario One Call ON1Call for a Natural Gas Sewer Safety Inspection so Enbridge Gas can eliminate the potential of a gas line conflict with your sewer pipe. The Inspection is provided at no cost to the homeowner.
The Town of Collingwood contracts professional electrical services to perform maintenance and repairs on its streetlights. Anyone who sees a street light that is burned out should inform Engineering Services; it is important to report the closest intersection and/or house number.
To report a streetlight outage please contact:
*Be sure to provide the closest house number and /or intersection
Temporary Road Closure Applications are completed by contractors, event organizers and consultants, and approved by Engineering Services. Please review the Guide to Application before completing and submitting your Temporary Road Closure Application (fillable PDF).
Completed applications are to be submitted to email@example.com.
Engineering Services regularly receives requests for stop signs at various intersections and road segments across town. In support of these requests, the Town has implemented a Stop Sign Policy that clearly outlines procedures, warrants, and staff authority in such matters. The Stop Sign Policy is based on warrants contained in the Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM), Book 5, which is written by the Ministry of Transportation and is intended to provide guidelines consistent with the Highway Traffic Act.
It is important to know that the OTM explicitly states that all-way stop controls should not be used as a speed control device or wherever the protection of pedestrians is a prime concern.
If you wish to request an all-way stop, please refer to the All-way Stop Fact Sheet
The Town’s Speed Reduction Policy provides a uniform set of guidelines and procedures that ensures any request for a speed reduction will be evaluated effectively. It is based on warrants from the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) and standard engineering practices. Speed reductions will be considered if a combination of warrants are met. These include:
- TAC Spreadsheet for Automated Speed Limit Guidelines – this spreadsheet evaluates criteria such as roadway geometry, lane width, roadside hazards, pedestrian and cyclist exposure, pavement surface, intersections, crosswalks, driveways, and design speeds. The spreadsheet assigns a risk score and calculates an appropriate speed. This speed is then compared with the existing posted speed.
- 85th Percentile Concept – this concepts asserts that a speed set at which 85 percent of people drive is considered the maximum safe speed limit for a specific location. Staff will conduct a speed study to determine the 85th Percentile Speed and compare the result to the existing posted speed limit.
- Proximity to a school – roads that abut a school will be given consideration for a reduced speed limit.
As per the policy, the procedure to follow for a speed reduction request is:
- A written request is required
- Staff will conduct necessary studies (if necessary)
- The Director (or designate) will make a decision based on warrants in the policy
Please refer to the Speed Reduction Policy for more details. If you wish to make a request please submit it to
Mail: 97 Hurontario Street, P.O. Box 157, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 3Z5
Residents should also report aggressive or dangerous driving to OPP – Collingwood Detachment by calling 705-445-4321.
Public Works begins our annual Spring Clean-up, including street sweeping in mid to late April. Street sweeping is completed in the Downtown core, residential streets, bridges, and specific boulevards, medians and parking lots.
With a focus on customer service, the environment and safe commuting networks, Spring Clean-up begins with bulk material collection on major bike lanes and primary roads and is followed by complete sweeping operations on all hard surfaced roads within the municipality.
Spring street sweeping improves water quality and the environment by removing pollutants, sands and debris that have accumulated over the winter that can be transferred to downstream water bodies through urban runoff through the storm sewer system. The Street Sweeping Program also improves the cleanliness and aesthetics of our beautiful Town streets and parking lots.
Spring Clean-up is estimated to take 6 weeks to complete within the Downtown core and primary road section of Collingwood. This is followed by an anticipated town-wide completion date of the end of July (subject to weather).
Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of trees located on the Town-owned road right-of-way, between the curb and private property line. Each year the Town of Collingwood completes a tree pruning program that involves block pruning to prune trees on entire streets. Trees are pruned for the following reasons, all of which increase roadside safety and improve community image:
- To encourage the health of a tree;
- To clear tree limbs and branches interfering with structures, street lighting, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, traffic signals or signs;
- To remove dead, broken or split limbs; and/or
- To maintain structural stability and balance of a tree.
Public Works will only remove trees if they are on the Town’s property. Tree removal will occur where trees may present a hazard to immediate surroundings. Removal of a hazardous tree that has the potential to fall on a busy street or sidewalk will take priority over a tree along the side of a trail.
- Trees marked with a red ‘R’ will be scheduled for removal as a priority, and in most cases, within a 90 day period.
- Trees marked with a yellow ‘X’ are Ash trees that will inevitably be killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.
- Trees marked with a green dot are identified as an Ash tree that will be injected with TreeAzin (a method of protection against the Emerald Ash Borer).
- Trees marked with a green dot and a blue dot have been injected with TreeAzin.
The Town of Collingwood is committed to replacing trees and currently plants approximately 125 throughout the community on an annual basis. Replacement trees occur as budget allows and if site conditions are favourable for a tree.
Residents and businesses are responsible for trees growing on their private lands and are encouraged to call a certified and insured arborist to assess and manage their private tree concerns.
If you have a concern with a tree on the Town-owned road right-of-way, please contact the Public Works office at 705-445-1351.
Click here to access more information on the Emerald Ash Borer and Memorial Trees.
Garbage and recycling is administered by the County of Simcoe. Any questions related to garbage or recycling can be addressed by calling 705-726-9300 or by visiting the County of Simcoe's Solid Waste Management webpage.
Recycling and green bins are available at the County of Simcoe landfill site at 470 Tenth Line, Collingwood, Ontario.
Garbage and debris or roadside litter is unappealing to the eye for both residents and motorists, is harmful to the environment and takes away from our community’s natural beauty.
The Town of Collingwood Adopt-a-Road Program is a private/public partnership program where environmental conscious citizens, community and civic organizations, private businesses and/or industries make a personal contribution to a cleaner and more beautiful road system. It has been established as a public service program for volunteers to pick up litter along certain Town road right-of-ways; the Town recognizes the efforts of the volunteers or organizations by posting a sign on the roadway they've adopted.
Volunteer groups or organizations wishing to learn more about the program can do so by contacting Engineering Services Department at 705-445-1292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers wishing to participate in the Adopt-A-Road Program must complete and submit this Agreement to the Engineering Services Department.
We would like to thank all the volunteer groups and organizations that participate in the Adopt-A-Road Program. Your efforts are very much appreciated and we look forward to your continued support on this very important initiative.