Engineering Services has a wide scope of responsibilities. The mandate of this department covers areas of subdivision approval, transportation and administration.
Engineering Services issues permits for sewer and water connections and street access for driveways for County owned roads. Other tasks of the Engineering Services Department are to review all subdivisions involving sewer, water and roads. Roads are reviewed for conformance to County specifications. Additional responsibilities are for project management for all new public works projects and as a liaison with engineering consultants.
Any existing road in the County may be paved as a cost sharing venture between the County and the property owners along the road, however, any new road construction in the sewered area will be paved by the developer. Any inquiries concerning paving should be directed to the Public Works Department.
At the present time, portions of the following communities have street lighting; Brookfield, Debert, Gays River, Onslow, Hilden, Londonderry, Masstown, North River, Lower Truro, Truro Heights, Brookside, Salmon River, Valley and Murray Siding. If you have questions or concerns about street lights in your community, please contact the Public Works Department.
If you would like to report a damaged or burned out street light, please call Nova Scotia Power at 1-800-428-6230, or submit a request online by clicking on the following link: NSP Street Light Repair.
The County provides and maintains a limited number of sidewalks in the following communities; Salmon River, Valley, Truro Heights, Lower Truro, Brookfield and Hilden. The Villages of Bible Hill and Tatamagouche provide and maintain their own sidewalks. Any concerns about sidewalks can be made to the Public Works Department.
The County requires a permit to be issued for each of the following; driveway access onto a county owned road, infilling your ditch, a sewer connection and a water connection. These permits are issued through the Building Inspector's Office on the main floor of the County Courthouse, 1 Church Street, Truro.
If the road is owned by the Department of Transportation, then driveway access must be approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. If you are unsure who owns your road, please call the Public Works Office at 902-897-3175.
The fee structure of the permits is:
- Driveway access permit on a County road - no charge
- Sewer Permit - $150, with a $50 refund after the completed inspection. (Please note if a service lateral is not already installed to the property line, an additional fee of $3,500 is required prior to the sewer pemit being issued).
- Water Connection Deposit (Tatamagouche Water Utility) - $125, with a $75 refund after a disconnection.
- Water Connection Deposit (Debert Water Utility) - $150, with a $100 refund after a disconnection. (Please note for both water utilities, if a service lateral is not already installed to the property line, an additional fee of $5,500 is required prior to the water permit being issued).