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Why Choose the Municipality of Chester? 

Accommodating Land Use Bylaw/General Rural Zoning

We permit a wide array of land uses outside of the Chester Village Area. Almost all uses are permitted residential, commercial, institutional and industrial (some uses may require a development agreement or other assessment before development is permitted) within the General Rural Zone. Refer to the Building & Development Permits page for more information on bylaws and permitting. 

A Partner in Your Success

Municipality of Chester's Business Directory 

The Municipality of Chester’s business directory gives you the opportunity to promote your business for FREE. Personalize your directory listing with a business description and company bio, photos, social media links, and more! Your listing is self-controlled so it’s just the way you want it. Visit our business directory to add your business today!

‘Best of’ Chester Municipality Business Awards Program

The Municipality organizes this annual initiative to celebrate local businesses and give the public a chance to express their appreciation by choosing their favourites! Stay tuned for a call for nominations in the Spring and encourage your clients to vote in 23 different categories. Winners receive a framed certificate and email signature to proudly display as a demonstration of their quality of service as well as special promotion of their businesses paid for by the Municipality of Chester!   

Tourism Chester Ambassador Partnership Program

This program gives businesses and organizations the opportunity to provide visitor information to our tourists in exchange for extra promotion resulting in additional traffic being driven to your place of business! Special promotion includes features on tourismchester.ca and tourism Chester’s social media accounts, feature in Tourism Chester advertisements. Contact tourism@chester.ca for more information. 

Tourism Chester's Mobile Kiosk

Take advantage of our new Mobile Kiosk which travels in and around the Municipality of Chester during our summer season and is a great place to promote your products and showcase your marketing material! Contact tourism@chester.ca for more information.

Dedicated Economic Development and Community Development Team 

Our dedicated team of Economic Development Officer; Development Officer and Planners will personally work with you to understand your specific needs, make suggestions for potential locations, and facilitate meetings with key agencies. 

Highly Skilled and Educated Workforce

The MOC is home to approximately 10,600 people and due to its proximity to the Halifax Regional Municipality, our commercial sector has the added value of being able to also draw from their workforce of 432,000 strong. Approximately 45% of MOC residents commute outside of the Municipality, with approximately 30% of those working in the HRM. 

Low Commercial Tax Rate & Low Land Costs

The Municipality of Chester boasts one of the lowest residential and commercial property tax rates in Nova Scotia.

Quality of Life

Boasting much sought after natural environments and landscapes, such as ocean and lakeside waterfront, tracks of farmland and forested areas, the MOC offers a treasure trove of community infrastructure, amenities and services. Refer to  Move Here for more information. 

Strategic Location

The Municipality of Chester borders Halifax Regional Municipality and is only 45 minutes from downtown Halifax, and is close to Lunenburg and the Valley - both in terms of travel time and actual kilometres. Our municipality is close to major activity within the Province, yet far enough away to offer a quaint relaxing atmosphere. 

Transportation Links

We are the closest municipal unit on the South Shore to major shipping and distribution routes, including the Halifax Stanfield International Airport (70km) and the Port of Halifax (50km). The Municipality is serviced by a modern 100-series highway as well as well-maintained secondary roads that make shipping and transport easy and affordable. Provincial data shows that an average of 10,500 vehicles travel Highway 103 between Upper Tantallon and Hubbards each day. It’s the main arterial connection from Halifax to Nova Scotia’s south shore. A Highway Twinning project between Upper Tantallon and Ingramport has already started and is expected to be complete by 2020, while the stretch from Ingramport to Hubbards will be complete in 2023.

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Sites & Buildings

Kaizer Meadow Industrial Park

Kaizer Meadow Industrial Park is strategically located off Route 14 in Sherwood, between Highways 103 (South Shore) and 101 (Valley). We are a proven world class solid waste facility and environmental management centre with an abundance of land for industrial development. There is approximately 264 hectares (652 acres) of land available for development. The site is bound on the east by an additional 2500 hectares (6000 acres) of Provincial Crown Land. The adjoining lands on the north, east and south are all in forestry use, and the Card Lake Provincial Park is just across the highway to the west of the site. The lots would have to be serviced with on-site sewage disposal systems and on-site water wells. 

  • Serviced with power
  • Not located near conflicting land uses, which is beneficial for businesses seeking sites that require large lots for outdoor storage, involve activities that generate noise, heavy truck traffic, or industrial wastes
  • Access to and potential for reuse of resources, such as landfill gas/methane, biomass, organic waste, construction waste
  • 15/15 Mbps private wireless extension available to tenants
  • On-site recycling facilities are ideal for businesses that could reuse or recycle waste products already being brought to the facility. This onsite access eliminates any associated transportation costs.
  • Onsite water treatment offers potential to assist in the treatment of process water utilizing existing facilities
  • Take advantage of our state-of-the-art sewer plant, which is currently under capacity.

For other available commercial property check out www.realtor.ca or connect with our Senior Economic Development Officer who can assist with site selection.


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Revitalization Initiatives

Highway 3 Streetscape Project

Highway 3 through the Village of Chester is the main commercial corridor within the municipality. Recognizing the strategic importance of the Highway 3 corridor as the primary gateway into Chester Village, the Municipality commissioned a study to develop a plan for improving the streetscape through the Village. The report entitled Planning Vision and Streetscape Design for Highway 3 at Chester Village (Streetscape Plan) sets out goals to:

  • Create a positive first impression of Chester;
  • Encourage further economic development in a planned fashion; and
  • Emphasize the highway as a destination instead of just a conduit.

As much an economic development strategy as it is a planning and design guide, the Chester Village Streetscape Plan provides guidelines to enable appropriate development along Highway 3 to create a Village Commercial cluster between Duke Street and Victoria Street, and Rural Commercial Cluster between Robinson’s Corner and Victoria Street. Refer to Highway #3 Streetscapes Plan for more information. 


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Business Development Resources


Nova Scotia Regulation and Requirements Navigation Support

Business Planning/Coaching

Financing Resources

Market Research:

Incentives for Businesses

Arts, Culture & Heritage
Digital Media
Research and Innovation
Workforce Incentives

Professional Development/Training

Tourism Marketing/Advertising

Networking & Advocacy


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