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Facts and Tips

Do I need to contact Nova Scotia Department of Environment (NSE)?

Approval from the Nova Scotia Department of Environment (NSE) is required for the installation of on-site sewage disposal systems for new construction requiring a plumbing system, where central sewer services are unavailable. If there are no plans for a sewage system or power is not available (example: seasonal dwelling) a letter from a qualified person stating that a system can be installed at a later date is required before a building permit is approved. A Qualified Person, who is approved by NSE must design these systems and a list of qualified Persons is available through NSE. Your permit to construct WILL NOT be issued without this approval from Nova Scotia Environment.

Do I need to contact Nova Scotia Department Of Transportation and Public Works (DOT)?

If your property fronts on a street, road, or highway owned and maintained by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works, you will need approval for your driveway location and permission to build a structure a certain distance from the centerline of a listed highway. This approval needs to be submitted with your Building/Demolition Permit Application. It is recommended that you contact the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works at (902) 875-3017 or (902) 742-2415.

How long does a permit take?

Once we have received your “completed” application, every effort will be made to issue your permit within 5 business days. However, if you have NOT received a phone call requesting additional information and you have NOT received your Permit after 5 business days, feel free to call to check on the status of your application.