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Nova Scotia Environment

On Site Sewage Disposal Approval

Who Needs This Permit?
The installation of an onsite sewage disposal system requires a permit/approval.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Environment
Where can you get this Permit and / or further information?
Any Regional or District Office of Environment

Head Office
Nova Scotia Environment

Phone:  902-424-3600
Fax:  902-424-0501
Office Location:
Barrington Tower
1894 Barrington St.
Suite 1800
Halifax, NS

Mailing Address:
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Application Forms & Process
You can get an application form for this Permit from any Regional or District Office of the Department, or you can download a form from the website.

The application for approval must be supported by an assessment and a selection or design of an on-site sewage disposal system that has been completed by a qualified person recognized by the Department.

After it has been completed, it is submitted, along with the appropriate fee.

When the Department receives an application, staff review it to see if all the required information is on the form, and if the required supporting information has been provided.  If not, the application package is returned with an explanation as to what is missing.

Once an application has been accepted by the Department as complete, the application form and supporting documentation undergo a technical review and evaluation.   This is to decide if the activity being proposed meets the minimum standards, policies, guidelines, procedures and regulations that are administered by the Department.

If an applicant fails to meet these criteria, staff will tell them which specific criteria have not been met to the satisfaction of the Department.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the approval will be sent to the applicant by mail.  This Approval will list any terms and conditions which the applicant must satisfy.
Waiting Period:
5-10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal
An approval is valid for 3 years.  If the system has not been installed within that time and the approval has not expired, the applicant may apply for a renewal, provided the site conditions or the proposed use, as stated in the original application and confirmed by a qualified person, have not changed. 
Price:  (No tax is charged)

Please make cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance.
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Environment Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95, Chapter 1, On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Regulations

Last Updated: April 2015

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