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Community Development

Annex Building at 186 Central Street, Chester

The Community Development Department provides a range of planning, development, building and public safety services including:

  • Building inspections
  • Fire inspections
  • By-law enforcement
  • Subdivision and development permits
  • Civic addressing and road naming
  • Current land use and long-range planning
  • Heritage property designation
  • Fire services
  • Economic development
  • Emergency measures

We also provide various planning, development, and building services to the Town of Mahone Bay. 

Corporate Services (Municipal Clerk)

First floor at 151 King Street in Chester (Suite 119)

Corporate Services provides a variety of Council, operational and employee support functions such as:

  • Coordinate Council meetings, distribute agendas and record minutes
  • Office of Primary Responsibility for Municipal by-laws and policies
  • Oversee corporate records management
  • Coordinate elections
  • Tender and contract management
  • Staffing and employee wellness

Engineering & Public Works

Second floor at 151 King Street in Chester (Suite 212)

The Engineering & Public Works Department protects human health and the environment, and maintains municipal public property in the Municipality of Chester. Staff are available to meet your needs concerning:

  • Boat pump out
  • Municipal sewer
  • Municipal engineering/specifications
  • Municipal roads
  • Municipal sidewalks
  • Removal of dead marine life
  • Snow removal
  • Streetlights
  • Wharves/floats/boat launches


First floor at 151 King Street in Chester (Suite 119)

Finance staff are responsible for the overall financial administration of the Municipality. Public services include:

  • Financial reporting
  • Tax exemptions
  • Address changes
  • Tax billings and payments
  • Budget preparation

Information Services

First floor at 151 King Street in Chester (Suite 105)

Staff at the Information Services Department provide critical information services for Council, municipal departments, and the public, such as:

  • Public communications
  • Business continuity
  • Information technology infrastructure
  • Geographical information
  • Application support

Recreation & Parks

Second floor at 151 King Street, Chester (Suite 206)

The Recreation & Parks Department provides a variety of quality recreational and community support programs, events and services to residents and local non-profit organizations that include:

  • Active transportation and trails
  • Community school bookings
  • Community group support, such as event advertising, equipment loans (data projector, sandwich boards, etc.), and photocopying
  • Grants and sponsorship funding
  • Games team bookings
  • Outdoor recreation programming and activities
  • Recreation instruction

Solid Waste

Kaizer Meadow Environmental Management Centre at 450 Kaizer Meadow Road in Sherwood, approximately 17 km north of Exit 8, Highway #103

The Solid Waste Department provides cost effective services to our residents in the collection, recycling and disposal of household and commercial waste. Services include:

  • Managing the Kaizer Meadow Eco-Industrial Park and COMFIT wind turbine
  • Bi-weekly collection of regular waste for residents and businesses
  • Regular collection of bulky waste for residents and businesses
  • Annual collection of Christmas trees and leaves/yard waste
  • Disposal of hazardous waste, construction & demolition material, tires, septic waste, and yard waste
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