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Building & Renovating

Building standards are created for your safety and comfort. Find the permits & inspections you need & the associated fees. Is your property in a zone that allows for your planned project? If not, find your options.

Now Accepting Credit Cards

Credit cards are now being accepted for construction permits and development fees at municipal Customer Service Centers where permits are issued.


The first thing you should do when planning your project is to check the zoning for your property which sets out the land uses, lot sizes, lot coverage, building heights and setbacks that apply to your property.

Permits & Inspections

Construction permit applications and fees are required for new home construction, additions & renovations, sheds (detached garages & accessory buildings), decks (above grade wood decks & railings), pools (in ground & above ground) and solar collectors (roof & ground-mounted collectors).

Community Plans

Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws, including maps and zoning. Includes the Downtown Secondary Planning Strategy (HRMbyDesign).

Building Code & By-Laws

All construction must comply with the NS Building Code and applicable HRM By-Laws, including the Building By-Law and the Swimming Pool By-Law.

Contractor's Desk

Register for this online service to review the status of your permit application and to submit online inspection requests.


Planning a new construction or renovation project? You could be eligible for rebates from Efficiency Nova Scotia. Before you start, visit or call 1-877-999-6035.

Call before you dig!

Planning a landscaping or construction project? Installing a new fence or porch? If you are, call Heritage Gas and Halifax Water first.