- Getting Started
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 By-law zone governs your property. From the map you can directly access the By-laws for your zone.
Halifax Water can advise if water, wastewater, and stormwater service is available to your property using your civic address.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to install Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Service Connections from the mains in the right-of-way to the building. The Water Permit is largely the responsibility of Halifax Water as the primary review and approval for the permit rests with the Halifax Water Engineering Approvals staff.
Once you're aware of the development limitations of your property, you can begin to plan your project.
- Things to Know
A Water Permit is required when installing, altering or relocating sewer and water equipment such as: Sewer Lines, Water Lines, Storm or sanitary sewers, or Water Connections.
Other potential related permits include:
1. Prior to any work in the public right-of-way, A Right of Way - Development Permit is required from our Development Engineering Division.
2. A Building Permit must be issued prior to the Water Permit being issued.
For more information see Halifax Water
The Water Permit expires 2 years from the date of issuance. The permit can be renewed, and it can be amended
- Common Questions
Q. Who do I speak with if I have questions about my water permit?
A. Engineering approvals at Halifax Water will be happy to answer any questions you have about the status of your application. Email Customer Service.
- Documents Required
When submitting a Water Permit application, you may be required to upload multiple supporting documents. These required Halifax Water documents and forms can be found on the Halifax Water website. Refer to Section 8 (Building Permit Applications) of the Halifax Water Design Specification [PDF] for Halifax Water specific submission requirements.
The following is a list of potential documents you may be asked to submit with your application:
Site Servicing Plan
Site servicing plan must include lot dimensions and the footprint of the proposed or existing building, any additions, and any projections such as decks, roof overhangs and doorsteps. It must also indicate the proposed building’s distance from all property boundaries, the location and dimensions of the driveway, existing buildings and setbacks to existing buildings. In addition, watercourse buffer and coastal area information (calculated in accordance with the applicable land use by law), when required.
When the property is located within the Municipal Water, Wastewater or Stormwater Boundaries include the following information:
• Water service connections
• Wastewater service connections
• Stormwater service connections
Water Meter Sizing Calculation
Calculation sheet to be completed when property requires a larger water meter size
Domestic Water, Meter & BFP Application
Water Service Connection Water Meter & Backflow Prevention Device Application
Sprinkler & BFP Application (Required when installing a new sprinkler)
Application for Sprinkler Service Connection & Backflow Prevention Device
Pollution Prevention Discharge Report
Pollution Prevention Program Abbreviated Discharger Information Report Form 1
Site Servicing Plan & Profile
a. The template for this single plan can be found in the HW Water Meter & BP Device Design & Installation Manual
b. Servicing Plan Quadrant. Detail the proposed Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Service Connections to be installed, show:
- Street right-of-way containing the mains, sizes and material.
- natural gas, power, electrical conduits, transformers.
- communications, fuel tanks, and other structures. all surface classifications (undisturbed natural areas, building foot print, landscaped, graveled, concrete paved and asphalt paved areas) measured areas (m2) that are applicable to the proposed project. This information is to be provided for in tabular form and indicated on the plan
- indicate the square footage of industrial, commercial and institutional building space and the number of residential multi-units.
- Irrigation systems
c. Profile Quadrant: A profile perspective drawing of the water meter and backflow prevention device arrangement.
Fire Flow Design Calculation
Design Calculations for Fire Flow Requirements
Wastewater Connection Size Calculation
Design Calculations for the sizing of Wastewater service connection. Commercial Related.
Downstream Wastewater Calculation
Wastewater System hydraulic analysis of the receiving mains and the downstream system for capacity may be necessary. If it is determined that capacity does not exist in the local Combined/Wastewater System, it is the responsibility of the Applicant to complete the required upgrades to ensure capacity exists in the System.
Stormwater Management Site Plan - Water
A plan showing the final grading of land for a property subject to a Grade Alteration Permit, prepared in accordance with the Halifax Stormwater Management Standards, and includes stormwater management and erosion and sedimentation control features.
- Inspections Required
Water Meter Installation - Final Inspection
Depending on the scope of work, other Inspections might include:
Halifax Water Connection - Residential Wastewater Service
Halifax Water Connection - Residential Water Service
Halifax Water Connection - Residential Stormwater Service
Halifax Water Connection - Commercial Wastewater Service
Halifax Water Connection - Commercial Water Service
Halifax Water Connection - Commercial Stormwater Service
Halifax Water Connection - Service Abandonment
Halifax Water - Backflow Prevention
Water fees are based on the construction value.
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 (please contact 311 to book your appointment) 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 WATER 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.