Respecting Standards for Residential Occupancies
Step 1: Problem Identified
The M-200 By-Law is the minimum standard to which residential buildings, including houses, apartment buildings and rooming houses in Halifax Regional Municipality must be maintained. If a building is suspected to be non-compliant with the M-200 By-Law, it should be reported.
When a suspected non-compliant condition is reported, a service request will be created. A reference number will be created for records and tracking purposes.
Step 2: Creating a Service Request
To report a non-compliant condition:
Visit a Customer Service Center:
- 40 Alderney Drive (Alderney Gate) in Dartmouth
- 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 2005 (Bayers Road Centre) in Halifax
The service request will be created and received by the appropriate staff, follow-up contact will be made, and if necessary, an inspection will be scheduled. Access must be provided to the unit or area in order for the inspection to take place.
Step 3: Site Inspection
If any non-compliant issues are found during the inspection, the owner of the property will be ordered to bring it into compliance.
The M-200 By-Law is intended to maintain all buildings to the standard to which they were required to be built. All renovations, new construction, repairs to existing buildings, and replacement of structures, such as decks, must meet
current code requirements and require permits. If it is suspected work has taken place without a permit, this should
be reported to the municipality.
Step 4: Compliance
The owner will be given an amount of time to complete the work required, which may be extended at the discretion of the inspector handling the case. The case will remain with the assigned inspector until it has been resolved. If necessary, the inspector may use alternate means to bring the building into compliance.