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					Building Inspection Requirements                                         Frequently Asked Questions

Building inspection requirements are in accordance with Section 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.
                                                                           Kentville, NS
Insulation & Vapour Barrier Inspection - conducted when
insulation and vapour barrier on building walls and ceiling are in-
stalled before they are covered.
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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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Finished Ceiling
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
                                                                                                                                                                           Bedroom #3
    shall include:                                                                              Bath                Laundry                                                                                                                                                                      Finished Floor
        • Foundation plan complete with columns, beams and                                                                                                                                                          Note: Step concrete wall to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        suit site conditions
             floor joists.
        • 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
                                                                                                                                                                           Bedroom #2
    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
                                                                                                     - En
• 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
                                                                                                                                                                  -R-40 insulation
                                                                         approved vapour barrier                                    Soffit                                                                                                                                                       Roof Overhang                                                                                                                                           -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
                                                                                                                                                                  Exterior Walls:
                                                                                                                                Siding                            -cladding
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

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