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Halifax is a place that offers a balanced lifestyle – friendliness, natural beauty and a small-town feel with the amenities, culture and opportunities of a modern urban centre. It is an energetic, caring community that embraces creativity and innovation. Below you will find information on services and programs for residents.


By-laws and their enforcement ensure the continued enjoyment of our homes and properties by regulating neighbourhood concerns such as property maintenance and noise. Land-use by-laws govern property development.

Building & Renovating

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

Civic Events

The municipality hosts many region-wide events like Natal Day, and supports community events, like the Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Contest. Organizing an event? Contact the Special Event Task Force or apply for a grant.

Community Resources

Information and resources for residents and newcomers to better their neighbourhoods - from neighbourhood cleanups to community gardens. We support individuals, volunteers and organizations through services and grants programs. Our libraries also offer resident services.

Construction Projects

Municipal projects planned or underway and construction hotspots, from municipal buildings and road construction to parks, playgrounds and Active Transportation networks. Find out what is planned for your neighbourhood.

Culture & Heritage

Community Art, Open Projects and Residency programs provide opportunities for artists, the public and communities to work collaboratively and creatively in civic spaces. Find calls for artists and cultural events.

Energy & Environment

The municipality takes an integrated approach to the environment, focusing on clean energy, air, water and land.

Fire & Emergency

Our career and volunteer firefighters ensure our safety and educate us on how we can prevent fires and plan for an emergency.

Garbage & Recycling

Find collection schedules and guides for garbage, green cart, recycling and household special waste. Learn “what goes where?” and facility hours of operation. Find education programs.

Getting Around

Whether you prefer taking public transit, carpooling or active transportation options like walking or cycling to make your commute a SmartTrip, HRM is working to make your transportation choices easier.

Halifax Water

Find information on billing and payment, rates and fees, getting connected to water, wastewater, and stormwater services, water quality and conservation. Tips on pollution prevention and protecting watershed lands. Learn how we manage water, wastewater and stormwater, find our design and construction specifications, and get news.


With more than fifty recreation centres, we offer a variety of programs year-round to children, youth, adults, & seniors. Browse our catalogue then register online. Enjoy the Emera Oval in winter; supervised beaches in summer. Check out our parks, playgrounds and trails. Book a sports field or outdoor venue.


Our region is unique in that the Halifax Regional Police & RCMP are partners in policing. Get HRP news reports, report an incident or contact your community officer

Streets, Sidewalks & Parking

Service standards for snow removal in winter and pothole repair in summer. Find construction notices, parking options and rules of the road. Learn about plans for street infrastructure, like bike lanes and LED street lights and initiatives liks our Cross Walk Safety Program


Do you need help understanding your tax bill? Learn about payment options and tax exemption program. Find residential and commercial tax rates.