CBRM By-Laws

The By-law Division is responsible for the application, processing and issuance of various licenses, as well as enforcement of some Municipal By-laws. When required, it is also responsible for the development of By-laws as well as amendments to current By-laws.

For information about By-law Enforcement, or to file a complaint, please contact the office at (902) 563-5202.

Since April 1, 1999, all municipalities in the Province of Nova Scotia, including the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, have been granted power by the Province under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) to pass by-laws. These by-laws carry the same legal authority within the boundaries of the Regional Municipality as if they had been passed by the Provincial Legislature. The MGA in Section 172 identifies a list of subjects for which the CBRM or any other municipal unit may make local laws. Additional authority to make local by-laws such as the Taxi By-law is found in the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act.

Click here to view the By-Laws of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Please note that Municipal Planning Strategy & Land Use By-laws cannot be accessed on this page. Planning documents of the Municipality can be accessed by visiting: Planning Department.

The By-Laws listed in this section are those that have been enacted by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality since amalgamation on August 1, 1995. The by-laws which were in force in the former municipalities of Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford, Sydney Mines, North Sydney, Louisbourg and the former County of Cape Breton (which are also available on this site) will remain in force within the geographic areas which encompassed those former municipalities until the by-laws are amended or repealed. .

If you plan to open a business in the CBRM area, you may require a license. Currently the CBRM By-law Division issues licenses for the following:

- Taxi Drivers, Taxi Owners, Vendors, Vending Machine Operators, Dog Owners.

Information is also available regarding the following:

Smoking By-law, Noise By-law, Parking Meter By-law, Dangerous or Unsightly Premises (pursuant to Part XV of the Municipal Government Act).


The By-laws listed on the CBRM web page are not the official copy of the original documents. They are placed on the website for the general information of visitors to the site. Anyone requiring an official copy of the most current official record of CBRM By-laws should contact the Municipal Clerk's office.