CBRM Service Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click here for the CBRM COVID-19 Information Kit          


Updated: May 27, 2020


As of March 16, 2020 Municipal buildings, including City Hall at 320 Esplanade, are closed to the public until further notice.

CAPE BRETON TRANSIT *Modified schedule in effect*

New: May 21, 2020

CB Transit continues to provide this essential service while responding to changes related to COVID-19. Please check frequently for updates to services and schedules.

CB Transit is now limiting the number of patrons on regular service as well as handi-trans to meet social distancing requirements. This may result in delays and increased waiting periods.

Patrons are to practice social distancing and keep approximately 2 meters from transit drivers at all times without exception.

Handi-trans continues to be available through the regular booking service, operating by appointment.

Click below for updated schedule information for Monday - Friday service. Saturday service schedule to be updated shortly.

Route 1A Sydney - Glace Bay
Route 1B Glace Bay- Sydney
Route 3 New Aberdeen
Route 4 Glace Bay - Steele's Hill
Route 5-12 Combo Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines
Route 8- Split Sydney- Whitney Pier
Route 9 Sydney - New Waterford
Route 10 -13 Sydney
Route 11 Ashby- Sydney River Combo

Saturday schedule
*Sunday service is cancelled until further notice*

Route 1 Sydney- Glace Bay
Route 5-12 Northside via Sydney River
Route 8 Whitney Pier
Route 9 New Waterford
Route 10, 11, & 13 Ashby, Alexandra, George

For general information and route maps, please visit


CBRM Planning & Development will now be accepting Building/Development Permits and Subdivision applications by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Building/Development Permit Applications must include attached electronic drawings, plans, site plan, location certificate, and approvals from outside agencies, if necessary (Nova Scotia Environment and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal). Associated fees will be added to the tax account on the property until further notice.

Subdivision Applications must include Statement of Registration and an electronic copy of the subdivision plan. Associated fees will be invoiced to the Surveyor.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may experience delays in approvals with new measures and possible disruptions with outside agencies.

Building Inspections

Building inspections are available to be scheduled with the following protocol:

  • All interaction regarding inspections, documentation, booking, review, etc., will be conducted electronically, digitally and/or by phone.
  • Builders are to monitor on-site workers and follow the COVID19 Information Kit recommendations for prevention. To schedule an inspection, please provide the following information:
    • Has anyone who has been on site travelled out of province in the last 14 days?
    • Is there anyone who has been on the site currently in self or imposed isolation?
    • Will the site be empty?
  • All inspection sites are required to be vacated at the time of inspection. Social distancing procedures as recommended by the Federal and Provincial Health Authority`s shall be observed.
  • Any inspection site that is “occupied” with or without a permit, will have inspections deferred indefinitely.

Mapping information for site plans related to accessory buildings can be obtained at this arcgis link.

Building Permit Form (PDF)

Subdivision permit form (PDF)

Vendor Licences

CBRM Planning & Development will now be accepting Vendor applications by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must include: 

(a) the name, mailing address and telephone number of the applicant;
(b) company name if applicable;
(c) description of the merchandise to be sold;
(d) photograph of the stand or vending vehicle;
(e) if the applicant is proposing to vend on property owned by the Municipality, the period of time during the year the applicant proposes to be in operation and the hours of operation;
(f) if the applicant is proposing to vend food prepared on-site, a copy of the licence issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture in compliance with their Regulations;
(g) if the applicant is proposing to cook food to be prepared for consumption by the general public, a statement from the Fire Marshall’s office of the Province of Nova Scotia, or a person licenced to supply or install propane equipment by the Fire Marshall’s office, that the equipment used by the vendor to cook the food is in compliance with the minimum requirements of the “Liquified Petroleum Gas Installation and Equipment Regulation” madepursuant to the Fire Prevention Act of Nova Scotia;
(h) if the applicant is proposing to vend at a particular site or sites, adequate property information to identify the specific parcel(s) of land including a site plan(s). Each site plan shall show the area being utilized by the vendor, ingress and egress, and the location of all buildings on the property;
Site plans can be prepared using CBRM’s Interactive Zone map at: arcgis link.
(i) if the applicant is proposing to vend from a motor vehicle and said motor vehicle travels on public street, proof of motor vehicle registration, up-to-date motor vehicle inspection, and insurance;
(j) if the applicant is proposing to vend at a particular site and the applicant is not the owner of the parcel of land, written and signed permission from the property owner;
(k) if the applicant is proposing to vend on a street, written, signed permission from the Traffic Authority;
(l) confirmation of insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 including the Municipality as an additional named insured, and if it is a vendor, with a cross liability clause in connection with the presence and operation of the vendor within the street, and that the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be notified by the insurance company if and when the insurance policy on the vehicle or stand in effect with respect to the vehicle or stand to be used has expired;
(m) Payment by cheque via the mail. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may experience delays in approvals with new measures and possible disruptions with outside agencies.
Licenses cannot be issued until all applicable information and payment is received.

Application Form - download here (PDF).


Tax & Water Bills can continue to be paid by mailing a cheque, CBRM’s website via paymentus, online banking or at any financial institution.

Customers seeking to pay on accounts other than tax and water can pay by cheque processed through regular mail to:

CBRM Citizen Service Centre

320 Esplanade, 1st Floor

Sydney, NS B1P 7B9

Department staff are working remotely to assist customers with account inquiries and related issues including address changes, pre-authorized payments, billing inquiries, tax certificates, and other information on taxes and service rates.

The tax and water bill inquiries line 902-563-5025 is not actively monitored during office closure, however customers may contact department staff as follows:

For tax billing staff:


email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For water billing staff:


email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tax and Water bill distribution may be delayed. (No impact to those subscribed to epost delivery)

Tax Sales

Tax Sale scheduled for March 26 is postponed until further notice.


New May 27, 2020

Deadline for applications is extended to 5:00pm, Tuesday, June 30. Changes to the program have been made to address challenges faced by organizations during the COVID-19 State of Emergency:

1. There will be no requirement or expectation of active fundraising efforts.

2. Grants will not be limited to just the not-for-profit and charitable organizations who are providing services generally delivered or complementing a service otherwise provided by CBRM.

3. Applicants must demonstrate the need for funding by providing prior year financial statements along with current up to date financial information.

4. This is not a replacement for lost revenue or for wage subsidies but strictly to address shortfalls in operating costs.

5. The Province of Nova Scotia must provide matching funding.

Further information, guidelines and applications can be found at

Please email your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funding applications can also be mailed to:

CBRM Citizen Service Centre
320 Esplanade, 1st Floor
Sydney, NS B1P 7B9



Waste Management Facility on SPAR Road:  Re-opening April 28, 2020

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 the Waste Management Facility located on Spar Road in Sydney will re-open to the public and resume regular operating hours Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm.

In an effort to protect our solid waste staff and the public from the Covid-19 virus, we ask that you continue to practice proper social distancing of 2 metres and not approach our staff while on site.

Please expect delays as there will be a limited number of vehicles permitted on site at one time.  To reduce lineups, we encourage those who can store materials until things return to normal, to continue to do this.  


While the Waste Management Facility on Spar road was closed to the general public, the Solid Waste Department made allowance for extra garbage bags on an area’s curbside collection day.  Beginning Tuesday, April 28, the number of garbage bags permitted curbside per week will return to a five bag limit. Residents can place two dark bags in the five bag limit. 


CBRM’s Heavy Garbage Collection is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.  Please DO NOT place any heavy garbage out to the curb for collection. If you have already placed items to the curb, please remove them until a date is scheduled. The Solid Waste Department thanks you for your patience and understanding during this time.  If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact the Solid Waste Hotline at (902) 567-1337. Educators are available to respond to voice mail 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Solid Waste Hotline 902-567-1337 


Provincial and Municipal parks are open for individual activities. This includes community gardens.  Trails that were closed are open, including ATV trails.  All playgrounds remain closed.

Enjoy what is available in your local community.  If there are parks, trails, schools grounds or sports fields within walking distance of your home, use those.  

Social distancing must be maintained at all times.  Travel with members from your household. The following are excellent tracks and trails that are available within your community.

Central (Sydney):
Sydney Boardwalk
Greenlink Trails
Atlantic Street Track
Wentworth Park Walking Paths
Neville Park (Whitney Pier) Walking Track
Whitney Pier Community Heritage Trail
Louisa Gardens Waling Track

Central (County):
Vince Muise Ball Field (Sydney River) Walking Track
Patnic Avenue Track
Brookshaven (Dutch Brook) Walking Track
Westmount Family Park Walking Track
Cantley Village Walking Track
Coxheath Recreation Park Walking Track
Floral Heights Walking Track
East Bay Community Ball Field Walking Track
Northside East Bay Community Ball Field Walking Track

Carmen Young Walking Track
Pitt Street Walking Track

East (New Waterford):
Colliery Lands Park Walking Paths
MacKinnon Walking Track
Sharon Anne (River Ryan) Walking Track

East (Glace Bay):
Renwick Brook Park Walking Trails
John Bernard Croak Dam Walking Track
Black Diamond (Hub / No.2) Walking Track
Holy Cross Walking Track
Port Morien Walking Track
Joe Wadden Walking Track

For more information on these walking tracks, please see Walking Tracks and Boardwalks in the Municipality.

For more information about Provincial restrictions and opening of public recreation spaces, please visit




Public Openings for Closing Tenders and bid solicitations will be restricted to municipal staff only, with summaries of bid submissions posted on the Provincial Portal.


The Cape Breton Partnership focuses on connecting people from any industry or sector to the supports and resources they need. Find up to date information, resources, and Cape Breton Partnership's response to COVID-19 at

If you have questions, concerns, or relevant information to be shared with our business community, please email the Partnership directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.