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Bulk Water Station

Water StationIn September of 2020, the Town of Yarmouth Water Utility opened a modern, safe, and centrally located bulk water facility to serve residents of Yarmouth County. Located at the corner of Forest Street and Industry Avenue, the self-serve station is open to provide easy access to potable water for those in need, 24/7. The state-of-the-art, self-contained dispensary offers easy access for both residential and commercial customers. Customers with tankers or large containers can quickly dispense large volumes.

Please be advised that the station was designed and built to dispense bulk water in large quantities, not for filling small containers for the purpose of drinking water. Please fill small water containers at local retailers, or through other means. 

Location:

206 Forest Street, Yarmouth

Pricing:

The rate is $0.00347/Litre with a minimum charge of $5.

< 500 Litres  = $5.00

500 Litres  = $5.00

1440 Litres = $5.00

2000 Litres  = $6.94 

Credit card only

Old Development and Building Permits

The following guidelines have been drafted to assist any person or party intending to erect, construct, add to, alter, replace or relocate any building or part of a building or structure; change or alter the use made of land, buildings or structures within the Town of Yarmouth.

Please note: in order to submit these applications, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You may download the program here: https//get2.adobe.com/reader/ 

Please follow these instructions, after you have downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader, to submit these applications from your PC:

  • Click on the title of the application below. 
  • Click on the pdf that shows in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • When the application comes up on your screen, click the download button in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Choose where to save the application.
  • Go to the place you saved the application and open it.
  • Fill out the information and click the submit button at the bottom of the application.
  • A window will pop up, click continue.
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Please ensure you are using the latest version of the applications.

      Sample Drawings Image   Swimming Pool By law Image  
  pdf Building Permit Checklist (1.44 MB)     pdf  Permit Application (373 KB)     pdf Building Guidelines (1.09 MB)   pdf Sample Drawings (1.43 MB)   pdf Swimming Pool By-law (133 KB)     pdf Assignment of Agent (792 KB)

Building Permits & Applications

The following guidelines have been drafted to assist any person or party intending to erect, construct, add to, alter, replace or relocate any building or part of a building or structure; change or alter the use made of land, buildings or structures within the Town of Yarmouth.

What permit(s) do I need? How do I apply?

There is one pdf Permit Application (373 KB)  form to apply for all necessary permits. This form can be downloaded, mailed, emailed, faxed or picked up from the Planning and Development Department at Town Hall. A helpful  pdf Building Permit Checklist (1.44 MB)  of what may need to be included with your application is also available. The application must be signed and returned to the Planning & Development Department with necessary details and payment:

Development Permit:

This permit is concerned with where structures are placed on a lot in relation to property boundaries, as well as those uses on those lots. A Development Permit is required for new construction, additions, renovations and change of use (e.g. office to a store) and signage. The application must be signed by the owner of the lot, or the agent of the owner of the lot (with the written authorization of the owner) and be accompanied by a plot plan showing where structures will be located.

Further information may be necessary to determine whether the proposed development conforms with the requirements of the Land Use By-law. There is NO fee for a Development Permit.

Development Permits expire after six (6) months if not initiated. 

Building Permit:

This permit is concerned with how structures are built. A Building Permit can be issued after a Development Permit has been issued (or deemed unnecessary). If the construction project does not fit into the following examples for which this permit is required, contact the Building Official for further information: Construction of single & multi- family dwellings, commercial, industrial and mercantile buildings, locating mini and modular homes, reconstruction, interior/exterior structural renovations, decks, carports, additions, and accessory buildings over two hundred and fifteen square feet (215 ft2).

Construction or replacement of a veranda, ramps, steps, canopy/awning & deck regardless of size or location require permits. As a courtesy, neighbours may wish to construct fences stepped back from the property line with good side out.

For more detailed information on Building Permit Fees please visit the "Town Fees" page.

Demolition Permit:

Required for the removal of any building or major part thereof. For details concerning demolition waste management, contact the Yarmouth County Solid Waste Park at Tel: (902) 742-5852. Permit Cost: *$200.00 (refundable deposit) + $50.00 + $10.00 (non-refundable processing fee) = $260.00. * Deposit only required with existing hook-ups to Town Services and will be refunded after capping and required inspections by the Public Works Department.

Occupancy Permit:

This is the final step in the Building Permit process. Before any part of the building may be occupied, the Building Official must inspect the work that was done. If the work meets the code requirements and no unsafe conditions exist, an Occupancy Permit can be issued. Please contact the Building Official. There is a cost of $35.00 for the Occupancy Permit. If there is no Building Permit in place the cost is $50.00 for the Occupancy Permit.

Additional Information Required:

Additional information may be required to accompany application. Building Permit Applications must be accompanied by Details and a Location Plan before they will be reviewed by a Building Inspector. Development Permit Applications must be accompanied by a Location Plan before review by the Development Officer.

Please Note: You are required to submit the construction details of your project to this office for review.

These details are best provided through drawings or plans of proposed construction. Drawings are necessary to aid both contractor and Building Inspector in determining what the project will look like prior to construction. The Building Inspector needs to know these details in order to ensure compliance with the minimum requirements set out in the National Building Code of Canada.

When is a Building Permit not required?

A Building Permit is NOT required for the following. However, a Development Permit may be required for some or all of the below mentioned items, therefore, you should always check with the Development Officer prior to starting any work:

  • Sewage, water, electrical, telephone, rail or similar systems.
  • Accessory buildings (defined as a structure secondary to the main structure) under two hundred and fifteen square feet (215 ft2) (single storey). Note: The primary structure on any property regardless of size requires permits.
  • Interior and exterior non-structural material alterations and material repairs with a monetary value of five thousand dollars ($5,000) or less. Please check with the Planning Department to determine if property designation or change of use requirements apply.
  • Free Standing Signs, utility poles, and radio communication towers or aerials.

Depending on the class of occupancy, drawings may be required to be provided to the Office of the Fire Marshall.

What inspections are required?

The Building Official will need to see as a minimum, the following stages of construction (according to project and permit indication):

  • Excavation.
  • Footing in place.
  • Foundation with damp-proofing, drain tile, crushed rock, etc.
  • Underground plumbing.
  • Sub-slab underground insulation.
  • Rough-in plumbing.
  • Framing and roof tight (windows, doors, sheathing papers installed).
  • Insulation and vapour barrier prior to the interior finish being installed (electrical, plumbing and heating and mechanical ventilation must be in place).
  • Final Building Inspection.

When can I move in?

When your project is complete and before you move in, call the Building Inspector for a final/occupancy inspection. If the work that was done meets code requirements and no unsafe conditions exist, an occupancy permit may be issued.

Please Note:

You are legally responsible for notifying the Building Inspector at the required inspection stages, so that any problems can be corrected before they become costly. Failure to comply with the required information could produce delays in obtaining necessary approvals.

An application for which a permit is not issued within six (6) months is considered abandoned. Permits, unless otherwise stated, are valid for one (1) year and are renewable.

Swimming Pools (Swimming Pool By-Law 31)

Whether above or in-ground a swimming pool is defined as any construction which is erected to hold water, and which is more than twenty-four inches (24") depth.

A Development Permit is required for the installation of a swimming pool and enclosure. You will need to provide details of where and how the fence and pool will be constructed.

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Old By-law Enforement

Regulations and By-Law Enforcement

Programs and Services for Residents, Tenants and Landlords

pdf Tenant Assistance Services (193 KB)
pdf Housing Repair Services (415 KB)

Below are some of the common questions or topics related to building matters. You can view all Town By-Laws.

Subjects include:

  • Minimum Housing Standards
  • Dangerous or Unsightly Premises
  • Fire Inspections
  • Fire Safety Planning
  • Vacant Buildings

Minimum Housing Standards

We take the health and safety of our residents very seriously. That's why the Town of Yarmouth has a minimum standard for housing acceptable for Town residents, including items the Province of Nova Scotia allows municipalities to regulate.

Our Minimum Housing By-Law is used to protect the right of Town residents to have a suitable standard of living. It can also be used to protect the standards of Town buildings for property owners or landlords who may have tenants or occupants that are causing a dwelling to not meet the Town’s minimum housing standards. All housing within the Town must have:

  • solid walls, floors and a roof to protect from the elements.
  • secure working windows and doors.
  • safe exits.
  • natural light and ventilation.
  • electricity for lighting and appliances.
  • smoke alarms.
  • plumbing including a flushable toilet, a bath or shower and hot and cold water.
  • a kitchen.
  • heat in cold weather.

Where there is a conflict with the provision of another Bylaw in force within the Town of Yarmouth, the provision that establishes the higher standards to protect health, safety, and welfare of the general public shall prevail. You can find the full Minimum Housing By-Law on our By-Laws page.

Complaints and inquiries should be directed to the Town’s Building Official at (902) 742-1505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Please Note: in order to complete and submit the Complaint Form, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You may download the program here: https://get2.adobe.com/reader/

Please follow these instruction, after you have downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader, to submit the Complaint Form from your PC.

  • Click on the title of the application below. 
  • Click on the pdf that shows in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • When the application comes up on your screen, click the download button in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Choose where to save the application.
  • Go to the place you saved the application and open it.
  • Fill out the information and click the submit button at the bottom of the application.
  • A window will pop up, click continue.
  • Click send.
  pdf Complaint Form (115 KB)

Dangerous or Unsightly Premises

The Town of Yarmouth enforces the requirements of Section 15 of the Municipal Government Act of Nova Scotia. The Act requires that "every property in a municipality shall be maintained so as not to be dangerous or unsightly."

"dangerous or unsightly" means partly demolished, decayed, deteriorated or in a state of disrepair so as to be dangerous, unsightly or unhealthy, and includes property containing:

(i) ashes, junk, cleanings of yards or other rubbish or refuse or a derelict vehicle, vessel, item of equipment or machinery, or bodies of these or parts thereof,

(ii) an accumulation of wood shavings, paper, sawdust, dry and inflammable grass or weeds or other combustible material, or

(iii) any other thing that is dangerous, unsightly, unhealthy or offensive to a person, and includes property, a building or structure

(iv) that is in a ruinous or dilapidated condition,

(v) the condition of which seriously depreciates the value of land or buildings in the vicinity,

(vi) that is in such a state of non-repair as to be no longer suitable for human habitation or business purposes,

(vii) that is an allurement to children who may play there to their danger,

(viii) constituting a hazard to the health or safety of the public,

(ix) that is unsightly in relation to neighbouring properties because the exterior finish of the building or structure is not maintained,

(x) that is a fire hazard to itself or to surrounding lands or buildings, or

(xi) that has been excavated or had fill placed on it in a manner that results in a hazard;

Dangerous and Unsightly premises concerns may be forwarded to the Town’s By-Law Enforcement Officer at (902) 742-2521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also encourage you to use our Report A Problem mobile application.

  pdf Complaint Form (115 KB)

Fire Inspections

The Town of Yarmouth employs a municipal fire inspector as required by the Fire Safety Act of Nova Scotia. The inspector carries out a system of inspections on the following occupancies:

  1. Assembly occupancies (churches, community halls, licensed establishments, restaurants, theatres, bowling alleys, arenas, rinks, gymnasiums, museums, indoor pools).
  2. Residential occupancies containing four (4 )or more dwelling units (apartments, motels, hotels).
  3. Business and personal service occupancies (offices, banks and service shops).
  4. Mercantile occupancies (stores, markets and retail outlets).
  5. Industrial occupancies ( workshops, factories, warehouses, repair garages, gas stations).

The inspector is responsible to ensure compliance with the National Fire Code of Canada and is available to provide information on fire safety and fire emergency planning.

Fire Safety Planning

The National Fire Code of Canada requires that certain buildings shall develop and maintain a Fire Safety Plan. To assist owners/occupants in the development and/or maintenance of these plans, the Office of the Fire Inspector for the Town of Yarmouth has made available a Fire Safety Planning Guide. Building owners/occupants are encouraged to use this guide as a template to prepare or enhance their plans so that they meet the requirements of the Fire Code.

The following occupancies are required to have a formal fire safety plan:

  1. Assembly occupancies (any building in which persons gather including restaurants, halls, gymnasiums, libraries, churches, clubs, bowling alleys);
  2. Every building required to have a fire alarm system including sprinklered buildings;
  3. Areas used for bulk storage;
  4. Areas where flammable or combustible liquids are stored or handled;
  5. Areas where hazardous processes or operations occur.

If your building falls within one of the categories listed above, you are required to have a fire safety plan. For more information or to obtain a hard copy of our fire safety planning guide, please call or visit the Fire Inspector at: Fire Services Department, 221 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth Tel: 902-740-5706.

The Fire Safety Plan 2019 is available below:

Fire Safety Plan Template 2019 MS Word 3 Fire Safety Plan Template 2019 MS Word 3
Fire Safety Guide and Template (MS Word document) Fire Safety Guide and Template 2019 (PDF document)

Disclaimer

Town of Yarmouth does not make any warranties or representations with respect to the content, quality, accuracy or completeness of any information or material contained in Fire Safety Guide Template. Town of Yarmouth assumes no legal liability for the content, quality, accuracy or completeness of the Fire Safety Guide Template. In no event will Town of Yarmouth be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect general, consequential, incidental, exemplary or special, arising from the use of this template.

Vacant Buildings

Vacating a building in Yarmouth isn't as simple as just boarding up the doors and windows. As a property owner, you're responsible for following a set of guidelines to ensure said property adheres to certain safety and aesthetic standards.

If you plan to board up a property for longer than seven (7) days, you'll first need to obtain a permit from the By-Law Enforcement Officer. Any such permit is valid for a maximum of one (1) year from the date issued, and said permit comes with the expectation that you will use, to the satisfaction of the town, a proper panel-type material to secure all openings to the building. The remainder of the building must be maintained so as to not become dangerous or unsightly.

Any property owner who fails to meet these guidelines gives the Town the right to enter the premises and carry out any work necessary to bring the building up to code. The Town may charge owners for any work carried out.

You can read more about the Town's vacant building policies by browsing the Vacant Buildings By Law.

  pdf Regulating Vacant and Abandoned Buildings By-law (204 KB)   pdf Vacant Property Fillable Registration Form (1.55 MB)

Please Note: in order to complete and submit these applications, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You may download the program here: https://get2.adobe.com/reader/

Please follow these instructions, after you have downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader, to submit these applications from your PC.

  • Click on the title of the application below. 
  • Click on the pdf that shows in the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • When the application comes up on your screen, click the download button in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Choose where to save the application.
  • Go to the place you saved the application and open it.
  • Fill out the information and click the submit button at the bottom of the application.
  • A window will pop up, click continue.
  • Click send.

Notice of Approval

This is to serve notice that the Council of the Town of Yarmouth, at its meeting on Thursday, June 9th, 2022, at 6:30 pm, approved Noise Bylaw Amendments (Fireworks).

Noise Bylaw Amendments (Fireworks)

Council approved amendments to ban the use of consumer fireworks within the Town of Yarmouth, except on recognized religious holidays, Canada Day, New Year’s Eve, Natal Day, the Seafest Parade of Lights, and extend the authority to the CAO to provide a written exemption for other similar events. Changes also require signage to be displayed at retail displays of fireworks, informing consumers of the ban.

You can view the full Noise Bylaw here: https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/1272-noise-bylaw/file.html

Dated June 22, 2022

SeeClickFix Tips & FAQs

Please read this important information to understand how SeeClickFix is meant to be used and how to report emergency or other, larger scale issues.

What can I expect from using this system?
SeeClickFix is an easy way for residents to report concerns directly to the town and have department staff follow up to resolve the issue. Please always include a detailed address, description, and photo (if possible) to give as much information to staff as possible so they can investigate and determine the best way to address your concerns. The more detail you can offer, the quicker the issue is resolved. You are also encouraged to enter your email address on reports in order to get automated updates on the status of your issue as staff work to resolve it. When asked, also provide your phone number so we can follow up if needed (your number is not shared publicly). This system is best suited to respond to service requests like potholes, street lights, trees, garbage, etc. that can be assigned to staff and addressed in a timely manner. Issues requiring immediate attention or those dealing with public safety should be reported directly to our Operational Services Department. This method of reporting issues is not monitored 24/7. Requests placed over weekends or holidays may not be addressed until the following official business day. For public works emergencies such as water leaks, snow and ice, during the week, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you can call the Public Works office at 902-742-9423 for assistance. For after-hours emergencies, please call 1-833-460-8709.
What types of things should I report using this system?
This system is best suited to respond to service requests like potholes, street lights, trees, garbage, etc. that can be assigned to staff and addressed in a timely manner. Start a report with the address of the issue and you will then see a drop-down menu with all of the possible categories of issues you can report using this system. Issues threatening public safety or requiring immediate attention should always be reported directly to our Operational Services Department at 902-742-9423 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. For after-hours emergencies, please call 1-833-460-8709. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
What should I NOT use this system for?
Issues threatening public safety or things needing immediate attention like downed wires, tree limbs, flooding, water main breaks, etc. should be reported directly to our Operational Services Department Things that require long-term planning, a larger discussion, a community process, or involve multiple departments or non-Town of Yarmouth entities should be directed to the appropriate department by phone call or email as these issues are not easily "fixable" in the same way a pothole, streetlight, etc. are.
What if I submitted a request but haven't received a response?
The town receives several requests per day, and departments do their best to respond in a timely manner. If you submitted a request and it hasn't been resolved or there has been no communication to you about what to expect in several days, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a staff member will look up your request and connect with staff to get an update for you.

 

Waste

The Town of Yarmouth is accepting applications for a full-time permanent Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. 

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

Contacts

Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
  (902) 742-6244

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