Development and Building Services

Land Use By-Law

The Town's Land Use By-law (LUB) is the companion document to the municipal planning strategy. It is the primary means by which the Town identifies and regulates its vision as defined within the MPS. Through the LUB, the Town establishes land use designations for all land within the Town's jurisdiction. Permitted uses are established for each designation (zone). Regulations for building placement, parking, signage, and design are also described in the LUB.

The Town is currently undergoing a review of the LUB with the expectation of producing a revised document in the near future. The current version is available at the Town Office. Please contact the Manager of Community and Economic Development if you have any questions in this regard.

Development Services

Most forms of development require a municipal development permit prior to being able to obtain a building permit. This includes not only larger structures but decks, sheds, signs, and demolition. Changes of permitted use and development within the Historic Waterfront District are other examples where development permits are required to allow for greater consideration of the impacts of proposed changes at the neighbourhood and community levels.

The Development Permit is currently only available at the Town Office. If you are thinking of starting a project it is recommended to contact the CAO to review your plans.

Development Permit Application (Fillable)

For Questions relating to building permits:

Contact Darren Shupe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (902)875-2991 ext. 5

Building Services

Shared Services with the Municipality of Shelburne is responsible for building inspection and permits as well as subdivision and civic numbering.


Andrew Goreham, Director of Inspection Services
Phone: 875-3544 Ext. 238
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Fax: 875-1278
136 Hammond St.,
PO Box 280,
Shelburne, NS, B0T 1W0