Covid-19 News

All Municipal Departments Remain In Operation

Reminder: departments of the Municipality of Colchester remain in operation

Departments of the Municipality of Colchester remain in operation despite offices and facilities being closed to public visitation due to concerns related to COVID-19.  The Municipality will continue to provide all services such as community planning, building inspection, public works, garbage collection, etc., to the maximum extent possible.

You may continue to contact the Municipality by phone or email during regular business hours

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm by calling the general line at 902-897-3160 or toll free (in Nova Scotia) 1-866-728-5144.

Bill Payments

Bill Payments can be made online, or by depositing a cheque in the secure drop box at the rear entrance. If you have an inquiry relating to the Tax Office, please call (902) 897-3150.

Community Development

To discuss and submit applications for development permits, subdivisions, rezonings and development agreements, as well as requests for zoning letters, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170 for instructions on how to proceed. 

Building Inspections

  • To discuss and submit building applications, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170.
  • To schedule a building inspection for a project under construction, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170.
  • For emergency services such as a problem with Municipal Water or Municipal Sewer please call Public Works at (902) 897-3175.

Low Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program Application

The Low Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program Application deadline has been extended until May 29, 2020. Inquiries can be made to (902) 897-3150.


  • For inquiries relating to garbage, compost or recycling contact our Helpline: 902-895-4777
  • In case of night and/or weekend emergencies, call 902-897-3175
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Blue Bag Recycling Collection Cancelled for Next Two Weeks

There will be no collection of blue bag recyclables for the period of March 25th until Wednesday 8 April 2020.  Notification about resumption of service or additional suspension will be made by Public Notice within this two-week period.

Recyclables sorting at our Municipal facility has been suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration.

Compost, clear and black bag collection continues as scheduled.

For the latest information about Colchester’s Solid Waste services please visit our website at or call 902-895-4777 (Colchester Waste Helpline).  

All Municipal Parks are Closed During the Provincial State of Emergency

To comply with the Provincial State of Emergency declared at 11:30 AM today, Sunday the 22nd of March 2020, all Colchester parks and their parking lots are closed until further notice.

Municipal trails can only be utilized while complying with legally enforceable social distance measures. Parking lots used for accessing trails are closed and are not to be used.

Anyone entering Provincial or Municipal Parks or their parking lots during the State of Emergency is subject to a summary conviction and fines between $500 and $10,000 per incident.

Safely Store Sharps At Home During The Covid-19 Situation

Pharmacies are instructing patients to use heavy duty plastic containers to store used needles (‘sharps’) at home until further notice.  Containers like those used for laundry soap should be labelled Sharps and kept safely out of reach of children.

NO sharps or containers with sharps inside should ever be put in the garbage or recycling for collection.  Help us keep our workers safe!

Pharmacies will not be accepting used sharps because suppliers will not be shipping sharps pails during the COVID-19 situation.  Labelled sharps containers will be accepted by pharmacies at a future date that will be posted when known.

For more information on safe sharps disposal go to the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) or contact the Colchester Waste Helpline at 902-895-4777.

Municipal Building Closures & Service Changes

All Municipality of Colchester buildings are closed to the public until further notice to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The closures include all Colchester Solid Waste Facilities.  Only licensed haulers and collection trucks will be accepted at the site until further notice.  Curbside collection will continue as regularly scheduled.  Call the Solid Waste Helpline for additional information: 902-895-4777.

All recreational programming is cancelled until further notice.

Municipal essential services will continue during building closures.  These include solid waste collection, sewer and water maintenance, snow removal, critical road repairs, building inspection, and bill processing.

The application deadline for the Low-Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program has been extended to May 29, 2020.

For the latest information about Municipal services please visit or call 902-897-3160

The Municipality is closely following advice from the Province of Nova Scotia as it is continually updated on Government of Nova Scotia - COVID-19.   Please visit this website for reliable health and safety information.