Welcome to our Permitting Page
Here you'll find everything you need to know about permits, what permit you'll need for your project and how to use the new online permitting system. Select the type of work you are planning below to get started.
Using the Online Permitting System
Learn how to use the system, review common customer questions and see what's new in Building & Development
Apply for a Commercial Building Permit
Changes to existing buildings, new buildings, signs & application to occupy
Apply for a House and Home Permit
Home improvements, new home construction, develop your property
Apply for a Related/Additional Permit
Demolition, blasting, grade alteration, and lot grading
Apply for a Variance
A variance is permission to adjust requirements (such as lot coverage, size of yard or setbacks) beyond what the Land Use By-law allows. If you are unable to meet a specific requirement of the Land Use By-law, you may apply for a variance.
What is my zone?
Use the ExploreHRM interactive map to determine what zone your property falls into.
Apply for a Zoning Confirmation Letter
A zoning confirmation letter may be requested when a property is being sold.
Apply for a Construction Noise Exemption
Construction noise exemptions may be granted where construction noise is planned to take place during the prohibited hours of the N-200 By-law.
Construction Management Plan
A construction management plan is required with an application for a building permit when the structure is within 5 m of the street property line.
Planning & Development Counter is located in Duke Tower
Planning & Development (P&D) counter service can be found on the 3rd floor of Duke Tower. 5251 Duke St, Suite 300. Halifax.
More info about the Planning & Development Counter
The counter at Duke Tower is open Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Remember: you can apply for permits online 24/7.