A policy is a principle or rule to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. A policy is not normally used to denote what is actually done, this would be done by a by-law. Whereas a policy will contain the 'what' and the 'why', by-laws contain the 'what', the 'how', the 'where', and the 'when'.

A policy differs from a by-law. While law can compel or prohibit behaviors, policy merely guides actions toward those that are most likely to achieve a desired outcome.

These Municipal Policies are guidelines to be followed by the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and its residents.


These Policies are an electronic reproduction made available for information purposes only and have no legal status.

The format may be different and plans, pictures, other graphics or text may be altered. Where applicable, amended policies have been consolidated with the original policy for convenience and reference.

To verify the accuracy and currency of this information, or to obtain certified copies of the official version of a policy, contact our office at 136 Hammond Street, Shelburne, NS or phone (902) 875-3544.

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Healthy Eating in Municipal and Recreation Settings Policy 

Installment Billing Policy

Fire and Emergency Services Policy

Procurement Policy

Please contact our office for a complete list of Municipal Policies.


Welcome to the Municipality of the District of Shelburne


Conveniently located an hour from the Yarmouth Ferry and just two hours from Halifax, on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne is a unique, rural community with a lot to experience.

Our Municipality offers lighthouses, rugged coastlines, white sand beaches, fishing villages with colourful boats and neighbourly people. You can cycle our rural roads, walk our trails, go fishing in our lakes and rivers, paddle in the ocean or sit back and bird watch. For the golfer, we have a beautiful 18 hole golf course in Clyde River and in Birchtown, you can take a guided tour of the new Black Loyalist Heritage Centre and Historical Site, the first freed black settlement in North America. Each day in Sandy Point when the tide is low, you can walk to the lighthouse and in the summer, stop at their Community Centre to enjoy refreshments and ice cream.

The Municipality boasts a rich maritime history and the third best natural harbour in the world. We invite you to come and give yourself a rest from life’s hustle and bustle, where you can enjoy everything we have to offer at your own pace. We value a quality of life that is second to none and we want to share this with you.

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