Taxes and Cost

East Hants knows that stable and fair commercial tax rates are important for business.

Of course, low taxes are pretty attractive too.

In 2017, East Hants reduced the general commercial tax rate by $0.05 from $2.71 to $2.66 per $100 of assessed value.  Prior to 2017, East Hants maintained over 10 years of stability by maintaining the commercial tax rate with no change.

Below is a synopsis of taxes, fees and charges relevant to business.  Have questions regarding your project, business or property?  Contact Us today!

Information updated to October 2018.


 Commercial Tax Rate:

  • General Commercial Property Tax Rate: $2.66/$100 of commercial assessment
  • Uniacke Business Park “all-in” Commercial Tax Rate: $2.845/$100 of commercial assessment
    • This is an “all-in” rate which includes service rates for fire protection, streetlights, and general taxes
  • Elmsdale Business Park “all-in” Commercial Tax Rate: $3.644/$100 of commercial assessment
    • This is an “all-in” rate which includes service rates for hydrants/fire protection, water service, wastewater, streetlights, sidewalks, general taxes

Complete information on the East Hants Tax Rates 2017/2018


East Hants Water Utility Fees:

The East Hants Water Utility serves the Municipality of East Hants with rates set by the Utility Review Board.  The Utility services the Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield and Shubenacadie areas (including the Elmsdale Business Park).

  • Water:
    • Base Charges: Standard Meter Charge (5/8″)-$44.41/quarter
      • Large industrial clients may have up to a 3”/meter (extra charge)
    • Consumption Charges – $11.00/1,000 gallons
  • Wastewater: $7/1000 gallons


Solid Waste Information:


Planning and Development Fees:

  • East Hants’ comprehensive list of Planning and Development Fees are maintained by our Planning and Development department.  The list includes a fee list of the following services:
    • Planning Applications
    • Building Permits
    • Development Control Permits
    • Subdivisions
    • Fire Inspections
    • Infrastructure Charges;
    • Signs and more.
  • Questions? We can help you navigate through this process.


Everything Else:

East Hants commits to fair, transparent, and consistent fees and charges.  All of our fees, including those described above, are set and described in our East Hants Municipal Fee Policy.

Contact us with any questions you may have regarding your project, business or property.