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Permits, Licenses, and Service Requests

Permits, Licenses, and Service Requests

In the case of any of the permit and licence requirements below, if you’re unsure, please give us a call—we’re more than happy to help you through the process!

Development Permits

Development permits ensure that every proposed development conforms to the requirements of the Land-Use By-law. It is the property owner’s responsibility to obtain all required permits. If your project requires a building permit, town officials will send your development permit and information to our building inspectors for them to issue a building permit. A permit may be required for any of the following:

  • Any new construction or renovation
  • Constructing an addition to any building
  • Structural/plumbing repairs
  • Home-based businesses
  • Demolition
  • Installation of a pool
  • Construction/installation of a sign
  • Changing the use of a building

Permits can be obtained by filling out a development permit application, which is available here, supplying any relevant information about your project, and sometimes paying a fee.

Vending Permits

If you own a food truck, are looking to host a fundraiser BBQ or if you'd like to busk in the Town of Kentville, you'll require a vending permit. Vending Permits are available by application for the sale of food, beverages, and merchandise. For more information refer to the by-law here: CH 94 - Vending.

Special Events Permits

For parades, any event taking place on a town street or sidewalk, or any event being held on outdoor public property (such as park, green spaces, centre square, etc.) you will require a Special Events Permit. An application can be obtained from the Related Documents section at the top right of this page, you can submit the application to our Customer Service Representative at 902-679-2500 or at

Dog Licenses

A dog license helps protect your pet by providing an easy-to-identify dog tag and registration with the Town of Kentville. Tags may be purchased at the Town Hall for $15, renewable every April.

To register a dog, be prepared to provide town staff with:

  • name, civic address, mailing address, and telephone number of the owner
  • name and breed of your dog
  • description of your dog including sex, any identifying characteristics (including micro-chip implants, tattoos or special markings), and if applicable, proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered
  • applicable dog registration fee

Find our Animal Control By-law here: CH70 - Animal Control 

Find our Animal Control Policy here: G33 Animal Control By-Laws Fees 

Taxi Licenses

In order to operate a taxi cab within Kentville, you must apply for and be issued a Taxi-Cab License by Kentville Police (as per the Taxi By-law—Chapter 64). For more information and to apply, please contact Kentville Police Service at 902-678-3378.

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Roads, Streets, and Sidewalks

If you’re experiencing a problem with potholes, blocked culverts or flooding, missing street signage, damaged sidewalks, snow removal, or another issue related to roads and streets within town, let us know. To submit a service request to Public Works call 902-679-2500

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Water and Sewer Problems

To report back-up problems, line breaks, or other problems with municipal infrastructure, please call 902-679-2500 to submit a service request to Public Works.

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