- Getting Started
A Development Right of Way (ROW) permit is a related permit required when work in the right of way occurs as a result of development work (new building, renovation, landscaping etc.). This includes for example: driveway access; street closure; temporary work; utility work; and sign installation.
If you do work in the right of way, please take the steps to get approval as a ROW contractor. Without the license (insurance certificate approval) you will not be able to conduct work on ROW-D permits, or be listed as the contractor conducting work on a Development Right of Way permit.
Your ability to develop your property is dependent on the Land Use By-laws specific to the region you live in. Halifax is divided into several zones, please refer to the Interactive Property Information Map to identify which bylaw zone governs your property. From the map you can directly access the bylaws for your zone.
Once you're aware of the development limitations of your property, you can begin to plan your project.
- Things to Know
This Permit only applies to properties that are on an municipally-owned Road.
Separate Development Right of Way (ROW) permit applications are required for each type of work on the project. You must have an HRM approved Contractor listed on your application in order to submit an ROWD permit.
There are four types of Development - Right of Way work:
- Driveway Access: Required for work that takes place in the public right of way related to a building permit, should a homeowner or designate wish to build a driveway connecting an area of land between the street up to and through a legal property line.
- Street Closure: Required for work that takes place in a public right of way related to a building permit, should a homeowner or designate wish to temporarily use/encroach in the Right of Way during construction. Examples of equipment or materials that might occupy the public right of way include things such as scaffolding, mobile cranes, swinging booms, concrete mixers, disposal bins in the roadway, storage trailers, or construction site fencing.
Type of road closure available are Partial, Full, Sidewalk Only.
- Temporary Work: Required for work that takes place in a public right of way related to a building permit, should a homeowner or designate wish to temporarily use/encroach in the Right of Way during construction. Examples of equipment or materials that might occupy the public right of way include things such as scaffolding, mobile cranes, swinging booms, concrete mixers, disposal bins in the roadway, storage trailers, or construction site fencing.
- Utility Work: Required for utility work that takes place in the public right of way related to a building permit, prior to the installation of any new utility infrastructure or modifying existing utility infrastructure within the road Right of Way (ROW), within any Municipally owned easement (Utility Right of Way) or within any Municipally owned property.
Note: For all Development- Right of Way work, the applicant may be charged a $1,000 deposit fee if the Approved RoW Contractor does not have a LoC/Bond on file with HRM.
- Common Questions
Q. Where can I find information about driveway permits?
A. Please see the link below to the S‐300 By‐Law Respecting Streets. Driveway Access begins with section 31.
Q. How wide can I build my driveway?
A. For residential properties with 4 units or less, two‐way driveways shall have a driveway width not less than 3m (10ft) and not greater
than 5m (16ft). Lots with frontage greater than 18m (60ft) may be permitted to have a driveway up to 6m (20ft) wide. For commercial,
institutional, or residential properties with 5 or more units, two‐way driveways shall have a width not less than 7m (23ft) and not greater than 10m (33ft) at a point where the driveway meets the edge of the public right of way.
Q. Can I build an additional driveway?
A. Residential lots must have a minimum of 30m (100ft) of lot frontage for additional driveways, except where the lot is a corner lot fronting on two local streets in which case one driveway on each street may be permitted.
Q. Does the municipality do the work?
A. No, it is the responsibility of the home owner to hire a contractor, at their cost, to do the work.
Q. Can any contractor do the work?
A. It is the property owner’s responsibility to find a contractor to do the work. The municipality requires the contractor to have a certificate of
insurance naming the Halifax Regional Municipality as an additional insured, and have a minimum of $2,000,000.00 coverage for general
Q. How much does the permit cost?
A. There is a permit application fee of $200.00, and a performance security deposit of $1000.00. The deposit is returned upon a passed
inspection, by an municipal inspector. (Held for up to 2 years)
Details on permit fees: Administrative Order 15
Q. When can the work be done?
A. Concrete sidewalk may be placed between May 1st and October 15th unless otherwise approved in advance by the inspector under the Quality Management Plan (QMP). Concrete curb may be placed between May 1st and October 31st unless otherwise approved in advance by the inspector under the Quality Management Plan (QMP).
- Documents Required
Supporting documents are always required as part of making a permit application.
Shows the proposed location of the driveway access in relation to the property lines, any buildings on the property, and any items between the front property line and the travelled way (such as curbs, sidewalks, ditches, trees, utility poles, fire hydrants, etc.)
Construction Management Plan (CMP)
Required per Administrative Order on Construction Site Management when construction activity, demolition, excavation, development process or renovation project work is expected to occur within 5 m of the street or is expected to create an obstruction within the street. A CMP is a combination of diagrams, documents, drawings, and specifications that clearly define the steps that will be taken to demonstrate how the impacts to the community will be minimized and how the impacts associated with any construction project will be managed. The scale and complexity of the site-specific CMP will be directly proportional to the scale and complexity of the project, the site and the surrounding conditions.
Automated workflows have been built to expedite the application process when customers use the document naming convention.
If these Document names are not used during the application phase, the applicant will be required to manually assign the correct document type to each document so the system will know what document has been submitted.
- Inspections Required
Most work types for this permit will require a Pre-construction Inspection to be completed by municipal staff to confirm permit details and contractor information.
Streets and Services fees and deposits are dictated by By-law E-200.
For full details of permit fee calculation and a complete list of fee rates, please see the Permit Fees page.
Full payment for the permit must be made at the time of application submission.
Payment can be made online during the application process online using a credit card.
If you prefer not to pay online you can visit our Customer Service desk by appointment only at the address below at:
Bayers Road Centre
7071 Bayers Road, 2nd Floor Tower, Halifax, NS B3L 4P3
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday *Currently by appointment only due to Covid-19 protection protocols.
- Apply Online
Apply for a DEVELOPMENT- RIGHT-OF-WAY PERMIT.
Our new online system allows you to apply for permits 24/7 through your personal customer portal account.
To apply for permits online:
1. You need to register for a customer portal account
2. If you are a contractor, you will need to create your contractor profile.
3. Ensure you have all of the information required before you apply for your permit. Refer to the Before You Begin Checklist.
4. Learn how to Navigate the Customer Portal.
5. For additional support, refer to our quick guide on how to Apply for a Permit Online.
Visit the applying for a permit page to view a library of support documents, videos and common questions to help you best use the customer portal.