A permit is required for many development projects from a new apartment building to a backyard shed or paving an area of land. These projects may require a Building Permit, or a Development Permit, or both. After you've determined what kinds of projects are permitted on your property, application for a development permit at your nearest HRM Customer Service Centre (Alderney Gate or Bayers Road) will allow you to determine if the proposed use may be considered under the area land use by-law. If your application is for subdivision, a preliminary subdivision application may be appropriate.
Many projects require you to submit three copies of the site plan and three copies of the project plan prior to building. Requirements vary from project to project, as do fees for the construction permit. The Construction Permits Application Guide provides guidance on required documents and fees.
The Construction Application Form is an application for a Construction Permit for (or addition to) a single unit dwelling or a two unit dwelling.
For more details on specific types of projects, please review these guides which contain checklists that will be useful when completing your construction application form.
Where is my property boundary?
If you intend to construct on your property, it is important to know the location of proposed buildings in relation to the property lines. Not knowing your property boundaries could result in mistakes in construction.
Only a registered Land Surveyor can verify, set or relocate a survey marker. If you have any questions about survey markers or surveying, please contact the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors at 902-469-7962.