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.
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) - $160
- Water Connection Deposit (Debert Water Utility) - $150 (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).