Building Safety

Construction is a billion-dollar industry in Nova Scotia. The safety of you and your property is ensured, in part, by plans approval and reviews conducted during construction, and by municipal building officials who administer and enforce the building and plumbing code. Please contact your local municipal building inspector for more information.

The Building and Plumbing Code has been adopted into law by the Nova Scotia Building Code Act. Nova Scotia Building Code Act, amended 2005, effective July 1, 2006. Regulations updating the Code requirements are made on a regular bases.

Enforcement of the Code is carried out by municipal building officials. You should check with your municipal building official to determine if a permit is required.

Proposed changes to Building Code Regulations

The proposed amendments will offer additional compliance options to the Nova Scotia Building Code for the construction of tiny homes and recreational cabins with a proposed effective date of April 1, 2019. Also included is requirements to add adaptable elements to housing within the province with a proposed effective date of September 1, 2019. The Building Code does not require any retrofits to existing buildings.

The Department of Municipal Affairs is seeking public input from Nova Scotians around these proposed replacement regulations:

This consultation is open to all Nova Scotians.

Comments will be accepted between October 31, 2018 and December 14, 2018.

Written comments can be sent to:
Joe Rogers,
Building Code Coordinator,
P.O. Box 231
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3M4

Comments can also be emailed:

For more information contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at or call 902-424-5721 or toll-free 1-800-559-3473.