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Planning enables the Town to establish both long and short-term goals for growth and development while considering social, economic, and environmental implications.

Important Documents

The Municipal Planning Strategy, Land Use By-law, and Subdivision By-law are the primary planning tools used by municipalities in Nova Scotia to plan and design communities. No development can be permitted in the Town of Yarmouth which is contrary to the policies in this strategy and by-laws.

Current Planning Applications

Check out current and past planning applications on Get Involved.

Municipal Planning Strategy

The Province gives municipalities the power to make statements of policy with respect to a broad range of activities, including development, land use, public lands, transportation, municipal services, and many other matters related to the physical, social and economic development of the community. Municipalities, including the Town of Yarmouth, do this through their primary planning policy document referred to as the Municipal Planning Strategy or MPS. The intent and rationale behind all land use objectives and policies are articulated in this document.

pdf Table of Contents (88 KB)
pdf Introduction (223 KB)
pdf Geographic and Historic Context (286 KB)
pdf Statements of Community Interest (1.48 MB)
pdf Residential (266 KB)
pdf Commercial (408 KB)
pdf Commercial Industrial (240 KB)
pdf Industrial (229 KB)
pdf Social, Cultural, Open Space and Institutional (267 KB)
pdf Infrastructure Development Implementation (2.34 MB)
pdf Implementation (216 KB)
pdf Climate Change Adaptation (336 KB)
Generalized Future Land Use Map   Existing Land Use Map   Statements of Interest Map

Land Use By-law

The Land Use By-law (LUB) is the primary companion document to the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS). The LUB is the means by which Town Council will carry out the intent of the MPS for land use and development purposes. This is done through specific municipal regulations and standards, for matters ranging from permitted land uses within each zone, property setback requirements, lot area and frontage requirements, landscaping requirements, sign and fencing requirements, and much more.


pdf Table of Contents (176 KB)
pdf Title and Application (167 KB)
pdf Zones and Zoning Map (171 KB)
pdf Interpretation (158 KB)
pdf Administration (191 KB)
pdf General Provisions For All Zones (449 KB)
pdf Signs (5.53 MB)
pdf Residential (447 KB)
pdf Commercial (2.21 MB)
pdf Industrial (333 KB)
pdf Waterfront Comprehensive Development Zone (240 KB)
pdf Open Space Zone (181 KB)
pdf Floodplain Zone (137 KB)
pdf Environmentally Sensitive Zone (156 KB)
pdf Institutional Zone (244 KB)
pdf General Provisions for All Institutional and Environmental Zones (216 KB)
pdf Health Campus Zone (242 KB)
pdf Climate Change Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Sensitive Area  (234 KB)
pdf Definitions (294 KB)
pdf Schedule A - Zoning Map (1.52 MB)
pdf Schedule B - Upper Broad Brook Marsh Map (1.28 MB)
pdf Schedule C - Existing Uses and Non-Conforming Uses (195 KB)
pdf Schedule D - Sensitive Areas Map (1.50 MB)
pdf Schedule E - Street Classification Map (1.46 MB)
pdf Schedule F - Urban Design Form Based Code Map (462 KB)
pdf Schedule G - Climate Change Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Sensitive Area Map (1.59 MB)
Extreme Sensitive Areas:
  pdf Map A (348 KB)
  pdf Map B (309 KB)
  pdf Map C (325 KB)
  pdf Map D (222 KB)

To confirm zoning for a property in the Town of Yarmouth, you may request a zoning confirmation letter ($25 fee plus HST) from the Town's Development Officer, who may be contacted at 902-742-1505 ext 233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subdivision By-law

The Subdivision By-law provides standards for how an area of land can be divided into two or more parcels or consolidating two or more parcels. More information can be found under Subdivision Services.

Planning Processes

There are various processes that relate to planning and require specific applications. Information on each planning process is identified below. Applications can be found at Applications and Fees.

Amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and/or Land Use By-law

From time to time, amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and/or Land Use By-law may be undertaken by the Town, or at the request of an applicant to change policies or a particular land use requirement.

Development Agreement

A Development Agreement is a legally binding contract between the Municipality and a property owner. This agreement sets out certain conditions, design requirements and land use regulations so the property owner is eligible to apply for a Development Permit. The Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law sets out certain types of land uses which must be considered during the Development Agreement process.


A property owner may have the opportunity to rezone a property when he/she wishes to develop the property in a manner which is contrary to the existing zoning regulations. The rezoning process gives the Municipality the opportunity to review development proposals that are not permitted as-of-right under the Land Use By-law.

Site Plan Approval

Site-planning is a development control tool permitted under Section 231(4) of the Municipal Government Act that enables a municipality, through its planning process, to negotiate certain site-specific items with a developer as a condition of receiving a Development Permit.

Planning Process Flowcharts

Town of Yarmouth

 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood


Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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