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Fire Inspections

The Municipality of Chester adheres to the Fire Safety Act of Nova Scotia, mandating the employment of municipal fire inspectors. These inspectors conduct a series of inspections on the occupancies listed below:

  • Assembly occupancies - churches, community halls, licensed establishments, restaurants, theatres, arenas, gyms, museums, etc.
  • Residential occupancies containing 4 or more dwelling units - apartments, motels, etc.
  • Business and personal service occupancies - offices, banks, and service shops
  • Mercantile occupancies - stores, markets, and retail outlets
  • Industrial occupancies - workshops, factories, warehouses, repair garages, gas stations, etc.

Fire Inspectors are responsible to ensure that these occupancies comply with the National Fire Code of Canada and are able to provide information on fire safety and fire emergency planning.

Fire Safety Plan

The National Fire Code of Canada mandates buildings under Section 2.8 (see excerpt below) to develop and maintain a Fire Safety Plan. The Fire Inspector is available to assist in the creation of these plans and has develop Fire Safety Plan Templates (refer to related documents). These templates support businesses in preparing or improving their fire safety plans to conform with the Fire Code requirements.

NFC Division B Section 2.8 Emergency Planning 

2.8.1. General Application

Fire emergency procedures conforming to this Section shall be provided for

   a.   every building containing an assembly or a care or detention occupancy,

   b.   every building required by the NBC to have a fire alarm system,

   c.   demolition and construction sites regulated under Section 5.6.,

   d.   storage areas required to have a fire safety plan in conformance with Articles and,

   e.   areas where flammable liquids or combustible liquids are stored or handled, in conformance with Article, and

   f.   areas where hazardous processes or operations occur, in conformance with Article



The information contained herein is intended to be a template for the purposes of guiding property owners on the creation of a safety plan for their specific property.  It is not intended to be exhaustive or include all possible scenarios.  It is the responsibility of the property owner to tailor their safety plan to suit their particular property.