Register a business

Registering your Business in East Hants

Anyone starting a business in East Hants must apply for a one-time Development Permit to ensure safety and by-law compliance.  Once registered, your business will be listed in the East Hants Business Directory.

Development permits ensure your business meets the requirements of the Municipal Land Use By-Law. Communities in the planned area of East Hants are regulated by the Land Use By-law.

To apply for a Development Permit to register your business, please contact the Planning and Development Department.

Registering Your Business in Nova Scotia

Nearly all businesses in Nova Scotia must be registered through the Registry of Joint Stock Companies.

There are three general steps in registering your business in Nova Scotia:

  1. Searching for and reserving your business name
  2. Selecting the right business structure for your business
  3. Registering your business on-line with the Province of Nova Scotia

You can learn more about the provincial business registration process online through Access Nova Scotia.


For all other permits and regulations, we recommend using BizPaL, a one-stop source for information on permits and licenses for all levels of government.


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