Modifications to Existing Municipal By-laws

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There are currently two surveys available on this page:

Background for Grade Alteration and Stormwater Management By-Law Online Survey

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) extends from Hubbards to Ecum Secum, a geographic area of 5,600 square kilometres, with a population of approximately 400,000. When the Halifax Regional Municipality was formed, through amalgamation in 1996, various policies and procedures related to grade alteration and erosion control were carried forward from the four pre-existing jurisdictions.

The municipality is currently administering four grade alteration regulations throughout the region : Lot Grading By-Law L400, Topsoil By-Law 40, Bedford Grade Alteration By-Law, and Pits Gravel Pits & Excavations By-Law 41. Consolidation of these regulations which apply to grading, excavation and topsoil removal is being proposed on residential and commercial properties proposing changes to their current property grading and drainage patterns. The consolidated Grade Alteration By-Law is proposing the following. Here are some highlights:

  • extend to all areas throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality;
  • continue to be a requirement for the development of lands over 1 acre in size;
  • apply to the development of Multi-unit Residential, Institutional, Commercial, and Industrial projects which require a building permit;
  • apply to the construction of retaining walls over 1.05 metres in height on residential and commercial properties throughout the Municipality;
  • apply to the reconstruction or construction of parking lots; and
  • place conditions on hauling activities associated with excavation topsoil removal work.

The proposed Grade Alteration By-Law will not apply to low-density residential development (i.e. the construction of new single-family homes). The Lot Grading By-Law L400 will continue to apply to this type of construction activity. However, staff are proposing to include lot grading requirements within the Lot Grading By-law L400 for the construction of swimming pools and residential accessory buildings on properties located within the sanitary sewer service boundary.

Regional Council has also directed staff to develop a stormwater management policy for land development activities. The policy is intended to provide direction to reduce erosion and to improve the quality of stormwater reaching our lakes and rivers. Stormwater management design requirements and best management practices for development activities will be included within the proposed Grade Alteration By-Law.

The municipality is seeking comments and feedback on aspects of the proposed Grade Alteration By-Law. This will be available for comment until August 18, 2020 and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey



Background for Construction Noise Survey

As the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) experiences growth and economic investment, it is important to understand how the impacts of construction on existing communities and residents are perceived. There are a number of ways the municipality is managing the impacts of construction. This includes certain requirements for the Construction Management Plan for building permit applications, and Lot Grading By-laws. Another method used by the municipality is the Noise By-law (N-200) which allows all noise-generating activities, including construction-related noise during the following times:

  • Monday through Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m
  • Saturdays - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and statutory holidays - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Regional Council and staff may consider exemptions to the hours above. In doing so they must consider the social and commercial benefit to the community at large, and the views of residents.

With respect to managing noise, some Canadian municipalities have few controls, while others have adjusted the hours that construction is permitted to mitigate the impact on residents. These include not permitting construction noise on Sundays and statutory holidays, or implementing an earlier end time for construction. These measures can improve quality of life for residents, but can also negatively impact construction timelines and the economic feasibility of projects.

The municipality is currently considering potential changes to the Noise By-law N-200. In this survey we are seeking your feedback on how concerned you are about construction noise, and whether the current times when construction related noise is permitted should be maintained or changed. This survey will be available for comment until August 31, 2020 and should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey.

Any changes would apply to property owners conducting home-based renovations as well as large projects, but would not apply to blasting times which are governed by By-law B-600.


There are currently two surveys available on this page:

Background for Grade Alteration and Stormwater Management By-Law Online Survey

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) extends from Hubbards to Ecum Secum, a geographic area of 5,600 square kilometres, with a population of approximately 400,000. When the Halifax Regional Municipality was formed, through amalgamation in 1996, various policies and procedures related to grade alteration and erosion control were carried forward from the four pre-existing jurisdictions.

The municipality is currently administering four grade alteration regulations throughout the region : Lot Grading By-Law L400, Topsoil By-Law 40, Bedford Grade Alteration By-Law, and Pits Gravel Pits & Excavations By-Law 41. Consolidation of these regulations which apply to grading, excavation and topsoil removal is being proposed on residential and commercial properties proposing changes to their current property grading and drainage patterns. The consolidated Grade Alteration By-Law is proposing the following. Here are some highlights:

  • extend to all areas throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality;
  • continue to be a requirement for the development of lands over 1 acre in size;
  • apply to the development of Multi-unit Residential, Institutional, Commercial, and Industrial projects which require a building permit;
  • apply to the construction of retaining walls over 1.05 metres in height on residential and commercial properties throughout the Municipality;
  • apply to the reconstruction or construction of parking lots; and
  • place conditions on hauling activities associated with excavation topsoil removal work.

The proposed Grade Alteration By-Law will not apply to low-density residential development (i.e. the construction of new single-family homes). The Lot Grading By-Law L400 will continue to apply to this type of construction activity. However, staff are proposing to include lot grading requirements within the Lot Grading By-law L400 for the construction of swimming pools and residential accessory buildings on properties located within the sanitary sewer service boundary.

Regional Council has also directed staff to develop a stormwater management policy for land development activities. The policy is intended to provide direction to reduce erosion and to improve the quality of stormwater reaching our lakes and rivers. Stormwater management design requirements and best management practices for development activities will be included within the proposed Grade Alteration By-Law.

The municipality is seeking comments and feedback on aspects of the proposed Grade Alteration By-Law. This will be available for comment until August 18, 2020 and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey



Background for Construction Noise Survey

As the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) experiences growth and economic investment, it is important to understand how the impacts of construction on existing communities and residents are perceived. There are a number of ways the municipality is managing the impacts of construction. This includes certain requirements for the Construction Management Plan for building permit applications, and Lot Grading By-laws. Another method used by the municipality is the Noise By-law (N-200) which allows all noise-generating activities, including construction-related noise during the following times:

  • Monday through Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m
  • Saturdays - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and statutory holidays - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Regional Council and staff may consider exemptions to the hours above. In doing so they must consider the social and commercial benefit to the community at large, and the views of residents.

With respect to managing noise, some Canadian municipalities have few controls, while others have adjusted the hours that construction is permitted to mitigate the impact on residents. These include not permitting construction noise on Sundays and statutory holidays, or implementing an earlier end time for construction. These measures can improve quality of life for residents, but can also negatively impact construction timelines and the economic feasibility of projects.

The municipality is currently considering potential changes to the Noise By-law N-200. In this survey we are seeking your feedback on how concerned you are about construction noise, and whether the current times when construction related noise is permitted should be maintained or changed. This survey will be available for comment until August 31, 2020 and should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Take the survey.

Any changes would apply to property owners conducting home-based renovations as well as large projects, but would not apply to blasting times which are governed by By-law B-600.

  • The Municipality is currently administering four grade alteration regulations throughout the region: Lot Grading By-Law L400, Topsoil By-Law 40, Bedford Grade Alteration By-Law, and Pits Gravel Pits & Excavations By-Law 41. Consolidation of these regulations which apply to grading, excavation and topsoil removal is being proposed on residential and commercial properties requesting changes to their current property grading and drainage patterns. Here are some highlights of the consolidated Grade Alteration By-Law: 

    • extend to all areas throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality;
    • continue to be a requirement for the development of lands over 1 acre in size;
    • apply to the development of Multi-unit Residential, Institutional, Commercial, and Industrial projects which require a building permit;
    • apply to the construction of retaining walls over 1.05 metres in height on residential and commercial properties throughout the municipality; 
    • apply to the reconstruction or construction of parking lots; and
    • place conditions on hauling activities associated with excavation topsoil removal work.  

    The proposed Grade Alteration By-Law will not apply to low-density residential development (i.e. the construction of new single-family homes). The Lot Grading By-Law L400 will continue to apply to this type of construction activity. However, staff are proposing to include lot grading requirements within the Lot Grading By-law L400 for the construction of swimming pools and residential accessory buildings on properties located within the sanitary sewer service boundary. 

    The municipality is seeking comments and feedback on aspects of the proposed Grade Alteration By-Law.  This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your input is much appreciated. 

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  • As the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) experiences growth and economic investment, it is important to understand how the impacts of construction on existing communities and residents are perceived. There are a number of ways the municipality is managing the impacts of construction. This includes certain requirements for the Construction Management Plan for building permit applications, and Lot Grading By-laws. Another method used by the municipality is the Noise By-law (N-200) which allows all noise-generating activities, including construction-related noise during the following times:

    • Monday through Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m   
    • Saturdays - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Sundays and statutory holidays - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

    Regional Council and staff may consider exemptions to the hours above.  In doing so they must consider the social and commercial benefit to the community at large, and the views of residents.

    With respect to managing noise, some Canadian municipalities have few controls, while others have adjusted the hours that construction is permitted to mitigate the impact on residents. These include not permitting construction noise on Sundays and statutory holidays, or implementing an earlier end time for construction. These measures can improve quality of life for residents, but can also negatively impact construction timelines and the economic feasibility of projects. 

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