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PROVINCIAL BUILDING CODE AND MUNICIPAL BUILDING BY-LAW
The Provincial Building Code is a law which establishes the requirements for Building Permits in Nova Scotia. The Municipal Building By-law has specific requirements which are in effect for the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's. The following sections include requirements from the Building Code Act and the Municipal Building By-law.
A building / development permit is required for all types of construction, including:
- New buildings and structures
- Additions to existing structures
- Non-structural repairs exceeding $2500
- Fences more than six feet high
- Decks and verandas
- Relocation of existing building
- Demolition of existing structure
Exemption: New buildings containing less than 200 sq. ft. of floor space do not require a building permit but must conform to the National Building Code and Municipal By-laws. However, a Development Permit will be required to ensure compliance with the Municipal Land Use By-law.
Other permits or approvals may also be required from other agencies prior to the issuance of a Building/Development Permit. All new building lots must be approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment for on-site sewer and the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation for driveway access unless services are already available on the lot. All industrial, commercial and public building plans require approval by the Fire Marshall's Office prior to the issuance of a Building Permit.
St. Mary's Building Permit Application Download and Fee Schedule
Important to file a Demo Permit if you are removing a dwelling from your property. This information will be sent to Assessment office as well.
Approved Lots require:
Verify your civic address by calling the Municipal Office (902)522-2049
The Planning Department is responsible for all aspects of municipal land use planning and subdivision approvals for the Municipality, including amendments of existing planning documents when required. This Department is also responsible for the issuance of development permits to ensure all new development meets the requirements of the applicable Land Use Bylaw for that particular area.