The Building Department Operates within the Municipality of the District of Digby. The Municipality has in place a building by-law which supplements the Provincial Code National Building Code.
The office employs two full time Inspectors and an Administrative Assistant.
Other duties include issuing civic numbers and maintains records, dangerous or unsightly properties.
Department contact numbers:
- Alfred Doucet: Building Inspector and Fire Inspector
- Cathy Barr: Assistant Building Inspector
- Amanda Marshall: Administrative Assistant
Municipality of Digby Building Permit Application Process
Who or when are building permits required?
Building permit are required by the owner’s all new construction, as well as when existing building are altered or renovated or if a building is relocated.
The local building by-law exempts non-structural work carried out by the home owner with a value less than $3500.00, (this does not apply if a contractor is employed) also buildings under 150 sq. feet in area if used as an accessory building to the dwelling and are located on the same lot as the building they serve and it will not be wire for electricity. Contact building department if you are not sure if you need a permit.
What other permits or approvals are needed?
Some other permits may be required prior to the issuing of the building permit such as,
Ministers consent for access driveway from a public road (DOT) as well as the structure it’s self if it is located within 100 meters of the public highway. There is a refundable fee of 300.00 dollars that must accompany this application which can be picked up at the Department of Transportation office Robertson Weir Road Conway
If the structure is outside an area serviced by municipality sewer system then Department of the Environment's (DOE) approval for on site sewer system is required. This requires an application with a system design recommended by a qualified person. You can also visit thieir website: https://www.novascotia.ca/nse/resources/permits.asp
In areas serviced with a sewage collection system one must apply to be connected. The actual connection cost along with the annual service charge is an expense to the homeowner. The cost varies from area to area as there are different systems in place. The municipality own and operated some sewage treatment systems and in other areas they have an agreement with the neighbouring municipality or Town to provide this service.
In some areas of the Municipality a Development permit may be necessary prior to the issuing of a building permit. The Conway area is one example where development permits are required.
We have all permits and approvals in hand from outside agencies. What’s Next?
Once the applicant has both the DOE and the DOT approvals we can now look at the building permit application completed application must contain enough information so that compliance with the National Building Code (NBC) can be determined. A complete set of drawing is by far the best way to proceed, this give the builder as well as the homeowner a finished view of the project and will help eliminated overruns in the final cost by eliminating guessing what is expected.
What about cost?
Fee’s for building permits vary as to the type and use of the structure examples are: Dwellings = .10 cents per square foot of living area. Plus $20.00 processing charge
Commercial = .14 cents per sq. foot or 2.00 per thousand of construction cost. Farm buildings = .05 cents per sq. Foot.
Contact the office for a complete list of fees.
Does all work require inspection and approval? What inspections are required?
We are required to carry out the following inspections, and it is the owner’s obligation to notify this department when they are ready for the inspections.
Footings- once the footings are formed up and poured. We also take the opportunity to assign a civic number at this time provided the driveway is in place.
Foundation- after the foundation walls are in place but before they are back filled. Framing- after the framing is complete inside and out.
Vapour barrier- After insulation is complete and the vapour barrier is in place.
A plumbing rough in is also conducted at this time.
Final or occupancy- once the building is complete but prior to occupancy.
Although we are required to carry out the above inspections we do not charge for inspections and do not limited the owner to the five. We will answer questions or drop by the construction site as requested.