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Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change

Municipal Plant / Facilities Approval: Water Works
Who Needs This Approval?
Anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to install:
  1. raw water intake pumping facilities;
  2. water treatment facilities;
  3. water distribution facilities (including extensions).
Issuing Department / Agency:

Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change

Where can you get this Approval and / or further information?

Any Regional or District Office of Environment


Head Office
Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change

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 Approval from any Regional or District Office of Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change.  After it has been completed, it is submitted to the local office of Department.

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 an applicant meets all the criteria, the Department will issue an Approval.  This Approval will list any terms and conditions which the applicant must satisfy.

Waiting Period:

60 business days or less

Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received.

Expiry & Renewal:

Approvals for the construction of water distribution systems are usually valid for 3 years. All other Approvals are usually valid for up to 10 years from the date it is issued. It can be renewed, and the renewal period is usually 10 years from the date it was due to expire. It is the responsibility of the Approval holder to start the renewal process; no notice is sent by the Department. The renewal process should be started at least 90 days before the Approval expires.



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Additional Information:


Legislative Authority:

Environment Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95, Chapter 1, Activities Designation Regulations and Water and Wastewater Facilities and Public Drinking Water Supplies Regulations

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