Building Inspection Requirements Frequently Asked Questions
Building inspection requirements are in accordance with Section
184.108.40.206(1) of the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations 2009. How long will it take to get a permit?
your permit will indicate the first required inspection and which With a complete application, every effort is made to issue a
inspector has been assigned to you. building permit within 2 business days. o f t he C o u n t y o f K i n g s
Footing Inspection - conducted when the perimeter footings and How much will my permit cost?
interior footings are placed and the forms have been removed. The permit fee is based on the floor area for new residential
construction. All livable floor space is 11 cents per square
Note: A Surveyors Location Certificate is required before foot. All unfinished space such as an attached garage is 4.4
proceeding to next stage for new dwellings, commercial buildings cents per square foot. All applications will have a base fee
and farm buildings or when specified by the Development Officer of $20.00.
or the Building Inspector.
Additional deposits and charges may apply if your residence
will be serviced by municipal sewer and/or water systems or
Foundation Inspection - conducted after foundation is installed a new driveway is to be installed.
and damproofed with drain tile in place, top and sides covered with New Home Construction
a minimum of 6” of crushed stone or other approved course clean Does my permit expire?
granular material. Yes, a building permit is valid for one (1) year from the date
it is issued and is renewable, provided the permit meets all
Subfloor Plumbing Inspection - conducted after installation of the requirements of the Land Use By-Law, Building Code
all sanitary drain, waste and vent piping, storm drainage piping and and all exterior permits are still valid for example NSE/
water service and water distribution piping prior to covering pipes. DTIR, at time of renewal. The fee to renew a permit is
$15.00 and permits can not be renewed more than 3 times.
Subfloor Insulation & Foundation Insulation Inspection -
conducted when subfloor insulation and foundation insulation in- How do I request an inspection?
stallation is completed. Required vapour barrier or damproofing An inspection can be requested by calling the inspector as-
materials must be installed as well. signed to your project. Their contact information can be
found on the issued permit you receive in the mail.
General Framing Inspection - conducted when building fram-
Where do I go to make an application?
ing is completed and all mechanical, ventilation, plumbing, electri-
Applications can be made at the Municipal office located at:
cal and chimney systems are roughed in. Truss specifications are
87 Cornwallis St.
required to be submitted to the inspector at this time.
Insulation & Vapour Barrier Inspection - conducted when
insulation and vapour barrier on building walls and ceiling are in-
stalled before they are covered.
Visit our website at www.county.kings.ns.ca
Prior to Occupancy Inspection - conducted prior to occupying
the building, when plumbing, heating and electrical systems are
completed and operating. All building code requirements related to Please note that all diagrams and sketches are for example purposes only
fire and life safety such as, but not limited to smoke alarms, guards, and may not represent building code requirements.
handrails must be in compliance with the code. Documentation on
heating, ventilation and other design systems may be required.
A ll homes need to be built to meet minimum public health,
fire and structural safety and property protection standards.
Permits and inspections help to ensure that these standards are met
so that your home will provide a safe and healthy environment.
Detailed Floor Plans
A fully dimensioned floor plan with construction detailing in-
formation is required for each floor of your dwelling.
Example Elevation Drawings
Application Requirements Covered Deck
Closet Master Roof Overhang
All applications for permits shall be submitted with: Bedroom
siding Finished Floor
• A full set of “construction drawings” to scale. The drawings Kitchen Finished Ceiling
shall include: Bath Laundry Finished Floor
• Foundation plan complete with columns, beams and Note: Step concrete wall to
suit site conditions
• Floor plan showing a layout of rooms and fixtures. Bath
16’ x 7’ garage door
• Cross section showing footing through to trusses. Pitch of Roof
• Informal site plan indicating proposed location on the property Garage Living 6
(setbacks to conform to the requirements of the Land Use Room
Bylaw) vinyl Finished ceiling
Roof Overhang siding
• Nova Scotia Environment Approval for an on-site septic system
or Environmental Services/Village Sewer for connection Covered Deck Finished Floor
permission Finished Ceiling
• Department of Transportation/Municipal Approval to erect a
Example of Cross Section Finished Floor
structure and install a culvert (requires a deposit to those Note: Step footings to Minimum
departments of $300.00) Asphalt shingles suit site conditions
• Deed/ Land Registry Printout or Survey of Parcel gine Building paper
ere Roof sheathing
rus Roof System:
ses Eves shield -asphalt shingles
As of January 1, 2010 there are now energy and water conservation R-40 insulation Please show dimensions
Starter Strip -1/2” sheathing
measures in the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations. Please -engineered roof trusses
of all windows
ensure you pick up our pamphlet or a copy of the changes at Facia Finished Ceiling
approved vapour barrier Soffit Roof Overhang
www.county.kings.ns.ca. -1x4 strapping
1/2” Drywall vinyl
2” x 6” Stud -approved vapour barrier Finished Floor
Finished Ceiling siding
3/4” Strapping -1/2” drywall
All applicable fees and deposits are required at time of application. 1/2” Sheathing
2-2” x 6” Top Plate
House wrap Finished Floor 20x56
Example Site Plan R-4 insulation -sheathing membrane
Indicate: distances to R-24 Insulation -1/2” sheathing
Dimensions 1/2” Drywall -R-24 insulation Pitch of Roof
the property lines -2x6 studs @ 16” o/c 12
from the house on approved vapour barrier -approved vapour barrier 6
the drawing, lot di- Sill Gasket -1/2” drywall
B= 2-1/2” x 6” floor check Finished Ceiling
mensions, location of
Anchor Bolt vinyl Roof Overhang
driveway, water- C= Interior Walls: siding
courses (such as 4” conc floor Grade Line -1/2” drywall
-2x4 studs @ 16” o/c Finished Floor
D= R10 insulation Finished Ceiling
lakes, ponds, streams R-10 insulation
approved vapour barrier -1/2” drywall
or brooks) and lot E= 48” frost wall
identification. 2”x 4” Keyway Finished Floor
Note: Step footings to suit
8” x 16” Footing Minimum site conditions
Drain Tile if required