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What is my civic address?

Civic addressing is an important tool for emergency responders to find your place. Emergency vehicle operators look for civic number signs to locate their destinations. Because of that, all dwellings and businesses must have a civic number assigned. You can find your civic number by using the Nova Scotia Civic Address Finder: https://nsgi.novascotia.ca/civic-address-finder/

How do I get a civic number assigned or changed?

If you applied for a building permit to construct a new building, then a building inspector will assign a new civic number after the first inspection. Vacant lot owners may apply for a new civic address as well, if it meets one of the following conditions listed in subsection 5(2) of the pdf Civic Address By-law (342 KB) . Some of the examples are:

• Lots with occupancy or use (RV sites, cemeteries, tree lots);
• Developed lots (all dwellings and business buildings, including sheds); and
• Public and quasi-public places (ballfields, beaches, trailheads, dry hydrants, parks).

If you wish to apply for or change your civic number, contact our Building Division at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (902) 541-1325. If you have any specific questions, contact our Civic Address Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (902) 541-5305.

How can I and where do I buy my civic number signs?

If your property has a civic number assigned, a sign must be posted to make the civic number clearly visible from road. The Civic Addressing By-law outlines a design standard for posting civic number and private road signs.

pdf MODL Civic Address By-law (342 KB)
pdf Civic addressing brochure (198 KB)
pdf Civic number sign installation guideline (106 KB)
pdf List of vendors for civic number and road name signs (25 KB)