Fire Inspections

Fire Inspectors, which municipalities are required to have according to the Fire Safety Act of Nova Scotia, carry out inspections on the following:

  • Assembly occupancies - churches, community halls, licensed establishments, restaurants, theatres, arenas, gyms, museums, etc.
  • Residential occupancies containing 4 or more dwelling units - apartments, motels, etc.
  • Business and personal service occupancies - offices, banks and service shops
  • Mercantile occupancies - stores, markets and retail outlets
  • Industrial occupancies - workshops, factories, warehouses, repair garages, gas stations, etc.

The Fire Inspector ensures that these occupancies comply with the National Fire Code of Canada and provides information on fire safety and fire emergency planning. If you need an inspection, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Building Inspection Office at 902-275-3080.



The National Fire Code of Canada requires that certain buildings develop and maintain a Fire Safety Plan. The Fire Inspector can assist in the development and/or maintenance of these plans and has prepared a Fire Safety Planning Guide . The Fire Safety Planning Guide helps people prepare or enhance their fire safety plan so that they meet the requirements of the Fire Code.

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

  • Assembly occupancies (see above for examples)
  • Buildings required to have a fire alarm system including sprinklered buildings
  • Areas used for bulk storage
  • Areas where flammable or combustible liquids are stored or handled
  • Areas where hazardous processes or operations occur

For information about our  Fire Safety Planning Guide , please call or visit the Fire Inspector, 186 Central Street, Chester, 902-275-3080.