Town Notices

Town Office Staff

Administrative Staff

Chief Administrative Officer

Darlene Berthier Sampson,CIA, CPA, CGA
Tel: (902) 747-2243 or Cell (902) 302-4264

Administrative Assistant

Debbie King
Tel: (902) 747-2243

Municipal Accounts Coordinator

Kathy Hearn
Tel: (902) 747-2243

Recreation Staff

Recreation and Physical Activity Coordinator

Heather Brennan
Tel: (902) 302-0736

Public Works Staff

Supevisor, Public Works

Chestley Carr
Tel: (902) 747-2243
Cell: (902) 631-1133

Public Works Lead Hand


Water Utility Staff

Water Treatment Plant

Andrew Durling, Tel: (902) 747-2616


Sustainability Office

What is sustainability?

"Forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."

World Commission on Environment and Development

The Town of Mulgrave has completed its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). The implementation of this plan is a requirement by municipalities under the agreement with the province of Nova Scotia and the federal government, to transfer funds equivalent to a portion of the federal excise tax on gasoline to municipalities. The Federal Gas Tax Agreement allows provinces to use a portion of their Gas Tax Funds to develop increased local capacity, including community-based planning.

The ICSP is a forward-looking planning document for the community. The ICSP recognized the interconnected dimensions of environmental, social, cultural, and economic development within a community and focuses on integrating these considerations to achieve 20 to 30 years (and beyond) vision for the community. ICSP aims to empower communities to address their current and future needs, embedding their infrastructure requirements within these broader strategies.

Sustainability Office Documents

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Mayor and Town Council

Town Address

459 Murray Street Mulgrave NS, B0E 2G0
Phone: (902) 747-2243

Mayor Ralph Hadley

P.O. Box 284
Mulgrave, Nova Scotia
B0E 2G0
(902) 747-3069

Councillor Ron Chisholm

P.O. Box 192
Mulgrave, Nova Scotia
B0E 2G0
(902) 631-2209

Councillor Sheila Brophy

PO Box 359
Mulgrave, Nova Scotia
B0E 2G0
(902) 631-1079

Deputy Mayor Robert Russell

P.O. Box 165
Mulgrave, Nova Scotia
B0E 2G0
(902) 747-2259

Councillor Tanya Snow

P.O. Box 227
Mulgrave, N.S.

Financial Information

The 2019/2020 and 2018/2019 Rates are:

Town Hall

Mulgrave Town Hall is located at 459 Murray Street, Mulgrave in the former Mulgrave Memorial School building. Services available at Town Hall include receipt of payments for taxes and water bills; acquiring Town permits; registration for recreation programs; information concerning Town By-Laws and Policies; and access to other Municipal programs and services.

 Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

The Town of Mulgrave is governed by a Mayor and four Councilors. The Council meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm in Town Council Chambers at Mulgrave Town Hall.

If you want to find out about Nova Scotia elections in October go to Nova Scotia Municipal Elections.

Building Inspection & Planning Services

The Town of Mulgrave shares building inspection, fire inspection and planning services with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) . If you have questions or require building/ fire inspection services please contact Peter Avery by email: or by phone at (902) 533-3705 ext. 235. If you wish to have your land subdivided please contact Deborah Torrey at (902) 533-3705 ext. 222 or by email at .If you have any other inquiries regarding building/ planning services please contact the Town office at (902) 747-2243.

Who needs a Building Permit?

A building permit is required for all types of construction: building, renovating, demolishing or relocating. The only exemptions are accessory buildings (sheds) less than 215 sq ft and nonstructural repairs less than $5,000 in value.

What requirements are needed?

If your Building is required to have an on-site sewage system, you are responsible to ensure you have approval from the Department of Environment for a new onsite sewage system. It is also important that you inquire about the quantity and quality of water if you are planning to have a private well as a water supply. The Building Inspector requires you to provide a set of building plans with such details as the foundation (wall height and thickness and the footings width and thickness), columns, carrying beams, floor joists, bearing walls and roof trusses/rafters. A plot plan is also required with setbacks from any adjacent properties and street lines. On this plot plan you should indicate distances from any other structures that may be on the lot. There are areas in the town that are regulated by a land use bylaw which you should take in to consideration when planning your building and its location.You can get a copy of the application by visiting the Town Office.

How do I apply?

To apply for a Building Permit in the Town of Mulgrave you must visit the Town Office at 428 A Main Street between the hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM with the required information. When you apply, you must have the following:

  • a set of building plans
  • a detailed plot plan
  • Department of Environment approval (if applicable)

At the time of application, you must pay a permit fee which varies from one project to another, depending on the type of use and construction you are requesting.

When do I need an inspection?

Provincial Building Code Regulations require a total of five mandatory inspections. It is your responsibility to notify the Building Inspector that you are ready for the appropriate inspection, 48 hours in advance.

The Building Inspector will inspect during the following stages of construction:

  • When footings are in place.
  • When the foundation is in place and before the backfilling has taken place. b) Underground plumbing.
  • When the framing, roof, plumbing and mechanical are in place but exposed for inspection.
  • When the insulation and vapour barrier has been installed and remain exposed for inspection.
  • Before occupancy of the building.
  • Before you move into the new building you are required to call the Building Inspectior for an occupancy inspection to ensure that all work completed complies with the Building Code and no unsafe conditions exist. This is mandatory!

The Building Code

The Nova Scotia Building Code Act and Regulations adopt the 1995 National Building Code for use in all municipalities in Nova Scotia. The main purpose of the Building Code is to establish a uniform set of construction standards to help ensure your building is safe for structural sufficiency, fire protection and general building safety.

Permit Fees

The following schedule outlines the fees approved by council for building inspection/ planning services:

  • $20.00 (Non-refundable) plus $2.00 per $1,000 triggers $2,500 value of alteration and repairs;
  • $20.00 (Non-refundable) plus 2% of value for alterations and repairs or all other projects with a non-defined floor space;
  • $20.00 demotions fee for demolition permits;
  • $5.00 for renewals
  • $150 administration fee for subdivision applications
  • $20.00 (Non-refundable) plus $0.10 per sq. ft. for residential buildings, community centers and churches excluding unfinished basements;
  • $20.00 (Non-refundable) plus $0.14 per sq. ft. for commercial and industrial buildings;
  • $20.00 (Non-refundable) plus $0.04 per sq. ft for sheds, shell warehouses, garages, barns and other farm buildings;

After your application is completed and all of the required information and approvals are submitted, it will be reviewed by the appropriate staff to make sure that your proposed project complies with land use, engineering regulations, and the Building Code.