Do I need a construction permit?
You require a construction permit for any of the following projects:
How do I apply for a permit?
You can apply for a permit in person at either the Bayer’s Road or Alderney Drive municipal customer service centres.
Most 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.
What inspections do I need on my project?
You must call for all mandatory inspections relevant to your project. The typical mandatory inspections are:
- underground plumbing
- underslab insulation
- rough-in plumbing
- prior to drywall
- final building
- final plumbing
Additional inspections may be required depending on the type of work you are doing. Not all projects require the above inspections.
To request an inspection call 902.490.7097 prior to 8 a.m. of the day you wish to have your inspection.
Fee waiver for affordable housing developments
In the winter of 2017, Regional Council approved an amendment to By-law B-201 Respecting the Building Code that allowed for the exemption of building permit fees for developments proposed by not-for-profit organizations or charities that include affordable units. The waiving of building permit fees is intended to support the expansion of the non-profit housing stock in the Municipality.
The amendment applies to building permit fees associated with the following:
- repairs, and
- attached signs
For the building permit fee to be waived the following criteria must be met:
- the applicant must be a not for profit or registered charity
- the subject property must be owned by the applicant or a government body/agency or combination thereof
- the development, in which the permit is applied for, must be the subject of an agreement or must have received funding from government agencies such as Housing Nova Scotia or CMHC requiring at minimum of 25% of the total floor area of the development (inclusive of commercial and residential components) to include affordable housing units, and
- the applicant must have fully paid all taxes or all interim payments due to the Municipality
View the Frequently Asked Questions document for more information. Click here to fill out a permit fee waiver.
Contractor’s Desk is a tool that enables you to track all of your construction projects and check on status of applications.