Development Control Services:
Development within the Municipality, including construction, renovation, demolition, or change of use, may require one or more permits from the Municipality. The permits you will need to obtain will depend on the location and scope of the project. Application forms for all permits are available at the Community Development Office at 186 Central Street in Chester, or can be downloaded from this website and dropped off at our office.
When you need a Development Permit:
The zoning of your property will determine what types of development are permitted, and whether or not a development permit is required. Generally, more rural areas have less stringent requirements, whereas more built up areas have stronger development controls. For example, most signage or commercial operations in the Village of Chester require a Development Permit, even if no other construction work is taking place.
For some uses in some areas of the Municipality, a development permit will only be issued through a Site Plan process or Development Agreement.
If you are not sure what your zoning is, or whether you need a Development Permit, please contact Development Control Services at 902-275-2599, or visit our Community Development Office at 186 Central Street in Chester.
The current fees for processing Development Permit applications are:
$40.00 for projects of construction value of $5,000.00 or less
$60.00 for projects of construction value over $5,000.00.
When you need a Building Permit:
A Building Permit concerns how a structure is built, and is required in all zones, regardless of whether a Development Permit is needed. A building permit may be required for any construction projects in the Municipality, including:
Once a building permit is issued, building inspections will be required at various stages of construction. Once the final inspection is completed, an Occupancy Permit is issued to the property owner.
Building and Demolition Permits expire after 18 months. At this time, you will receive a renewal form in the mail. Sign and return the renewal form to the Office, and the Permit will be renewed for an additional 18 months at no charge.
If you are not sure whether you need a Building Permit, please contact Building Services at 902-275-3080, or visit our Community Development Office at 186 Central Street in Chester.
The current fees for processing Building Permit applications are based on the value of construction.
Additional Information on Building Regulations:
In addition to the permits needed from the Municipality, there are other applications for provincial permits that may be required for your project.