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Thinking of investing in Yarmouth, or starting a new business? As the regional economic business hub for southwest Nova Scotia, Yarmouth supports significant levels of development spending. We know that if we're going to sustain a strong economic presence on the provincial and national stage, we must constantly reinvent ourselves to attract entrepreneurs, investors and a high calibre of talent. That's just one of the reasons why entrepreneurs and startups are taking root here.

We had no choice but to innovate, so we became the best place to host a street party, create new world-class technologies and get a community fully connected to the world. Your business can live here – right on the edge!

Our Team Approach

Our multidisciplinary team approach brings together planning, engineering, inspection, finance, etc. to provide service and professional advice related to:

  • building, landscape, site lighting, urban design, storm-water management, grading, fire route approvals, permits and inspections
  • engineering services
  • environmental conservation and planning
  • heritage conservation and planning
  • land-use planning, design and development
  • public engagement & consultation

Together, we provide seamless customer service to residents, developers, builders and others involved in the planning, design and construction of our town. We strive to provide a safe, efficient, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly community for everyone to enjoy. We can't wait to welcome you!

For more information, please contact:

Planning & Heritage
Phone: (902) 742-1505

Building Inspection
Phone: (902) 742-1505

Phone: (902) 742-1505

Phone: (902) 742-5105

Fire Inspection – Dave Winship
Phone: (902) 742-3147

By-Laws Enforcement
Phone: (902) 740-2254

Finance & Taxes
Phone: (902) 742-2521

Business Startup

BizPaL is an online service that helps you find the permits and licences you may require when starting or operating your business. Spend less time with red tape and more time building your business! It's free to use and available 24/7.

Community Economic Profile

Getting to know our community economic profile at the Town and regional level is essential to understanding your customers and where they live. The Community Economic Profile includes information about our:

  • climate
  • demographics
  • labour force and employment
  • transportation
  • clean energy and renewables
  • taxes and utilities
  • building and development-related fees
  • business support programs and services
  • quality of life
  • government incentives