Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations: public notice

Government is considering amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations. The amendments would require new restaurants to be barrier-free. Nova Scotians are invited to comment on the proposed changes by 12 August 2020.

The proposed amendments will require any new restaurants, including spaces within existing buildings, to be completely constructed in accordance with the barrier-free requirements in the Nova Scotia Building Code. This means they must include an accessible path of entry into the restaurant from the exterior of the building and access to barrier-free washroom facilities.

The proposed change will align the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations with the decision by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Tribunal regarding accessibility within restaurants.

The amendments are proposed to come into effect on or after 30 September, 2020.

How to participate

Nova Scotians are invited to review the proposed amendments and provide their feedback. The deadline for submitting your comments is 12 August 2020.

Review the proposed amendments and question and answer document before sending your comments.

You can participate by email or by mail.


You can also email your comments to  

You can mail your comments to:

Joe Rogers
Building Code Coordinator
Office of the Fire Marshal
P.O. Box 231
Halifax Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2M4



  • Phone: Toll Free (within Nova Scotia) 1-800-559-3473
  • Phone: 902-424-5721

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