Planning and Development

In Nova Scotia it is a legal requirement to obtain development and or building permits before construction of the site or buildings begin. The Municipality is a member of the Eastern District Planning Commission (EDPC). Through the Commission there is a team available to support you through the building and development process.

Land Use Planning

Subdivision Services

Building Inspection

Civic Addressing

What is Planning?

Planning is used by municipalities to encourage the orderly development of land, in accordance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA).  Planners use two tools to guide development: policy and regulations.

Development policies are outlined in a Municipal Planning Strategy or Secondary Plan

Policies are intended to give broad-scope, big-picture direction for future development – they are the “where we are going” statements.  Policies can include intentions and goals for a community.  Future development layouts are planned using designations; broad categorizations of land uses such as “residential”, “commercial” or “industrial”.

Development regulations are outlined in a Land Use By-law

Regulations provide detailed instructions on permitted types of development, as well as sizes and standards for lots, setbacks, parking, signage, and building heights.  Regulations can be general for an entire Plan Area, or they can apply to only certain types of development using zones; categorizations of land uses that provide detailed rules on what can or cannot be developed where they are applied. A Land Use By-law is a subordinate document to the Municipal Planning Strategy/Secondary Plan.

Planning Services in Antigonish County are through the Eastern District Planning Commission, which is located at:

Eastern District Planning Commission
606 Reeves St., Unit 3
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
B9A 2R7

Ph: 902-625-5361
Fax: 902-625-1559
Toll Free: 888-625-5361

If you are looking up planning information about a property, you should check with Planning Staff to find out not only the zoning applicable to the property (what can be done now), but also the designation of the land (what is visioned for the future).

Permits & Inspections

For information regarding development and building permits and to apply for a permit contact Planning Staff at the Municipal Administrative Centre, 285 Beech Hill Rd. A copy of your plan; including site and construction/ building plans will be required.

Once you have a permit and work has begun inspections are required at various stages.  Inspections must be arranged with Inspector by the owner; the contractor; or the developer

John Bain Director/ Development Officer 902-625-5364
Sean Donovan Manager of Inspection Services 902-863-2366
Jonathan Martin Building Inspector 902-631-3473
Wanda Ryan Development Officer 902-625-5365
Andrew Jones Senior Planner/ Development Officer 902-625-1259
Bryne Butts Civic Addressing Coordinator/ GIS Technician 902-625-5366
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