The Municipality owns a small percentage of roads in East Hants and is responsible for the maintenance of the road surfaces, curbing and drainage ditches in the right of way. It also includes road access approvals, technical overviews for new subdivisions and inspections in accordance with the Municipal Standards.

The Municipality must be given a minimum of two (2) business days notice prior to construction taking place on municipally owned property.

Municipal Standards

If you have any municipal road concerns, please report them through our Report an Issue tool.

Any questions or concerns regarding maintenance for provincially owned roads should be directed to the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works .

For information regarding road paving, please see our Paving Petitions page.

Ditch Infilling

  • Ditch infilling is not permitted on any municipal road. You can see if your road is municipally owned here.
  • Ditches and culverts form part of the storm drainage system and as such residents must seek approval from the municipality before work is carried out.

Decorative Walls:

  • Decorative or retaining walls are not permitted in the Municipal owned right-of-way. Walls can restrict drainage flow and put restrictions (extra costs) on municipal ditching programs.
  • All maintenance relating to decorative walls are the responsibility of the property owner.
  • If work has to be done by the municipality on the storm water ditch, water laterals or sanitary sewer system, the wall is the responsibility of the owner.


Open and clear ditches and culverts are essential to proper drainage of storm water from winter thawing.  Please do not place snow in the ditches when clearing your driveways.  As well, homeowners are responsible to ensure driveway culverts are kept open and clear.  Thank you for your assistance.

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