The following links outline the Designation Process through the Town of Truro and the Province of Nova Scotia:
The steps to designate a heritage property are as follows:
Interested property owners submit a letter to the Heritage Committee stating their interest in having their property designated. This letter can be sent to:
Town of Truro
695 Prince Street
Truro, NS B2N 1G5
or by email to
Once the property has been evaluated and accepted for designation by the Heritage Committee, a recommendation will be sent to Town Council. Attached to this letter will be an Owner Consent form, a location map of the property, and an Inventory form (all of which are provided by the Heritage Committee);
During a Public Council meeting, Council will review the recommendation from the Heritage Committee to add the property to the Truro Registry of Heritage Properties.
If Council approves the Designation, it takes about 30 days to complete the process. The owner will receive a copy of a Notice of Registration. A copy is also filed at the Registry of Deeds, and the original is kept on file by the Town.
There is no cost to the applicant for this process.
Are there Restrictions with Designation?
Yes. Any changes to the exterior of a designated property must receive approval from the Heritage Committee. A written request must be submitted to the Heritage Committee prior to any work being started. Building permits are also required for any structural changes.
Please note that the property remains designated, even if it is sold or transferred to someone else.
Can a Property be Deregistered?
Yes. A formal request can be made to Town Council by the property owner, which is then reviewed by the Heritage Committee and a recommendation submitted to Truro Town Council for decision at a Public Council meeting.
The Town of Truro administers the pdf Taxi Bylaw (211 KB) within the Town.
To drive a taxi or to operate a taxi business within the Town of Truro, you must first apply to the Town of Truro and meet the requirements set out in the Taxi Bylaw.
To obtain a Taxi Driver’s License:
- You must first fill out a copy of the Taxi Drive Application Form and provide a copy of your valid Class 1 through 4 Nova Scotia Driver’s License. The application form is linked below. A copy can also be obtained at Truro Town Hall, contact information is below. A fee of $25.00 is also payable at the time of the application.
- You must first apply for a Criminal Records/Vulnerable Sector Check. This ensures that the applicant has no disqualifying convictions that would prevent them from obtaining a license. The Criminal Records Check application form can be obtained at Town Hall for a fee of $25.00. This package is to be completed at the Truro Police Service.
- Once the Criminal Records/Vulnerable Sector is approved, you must make an appointment with the Taxi Administrator and complete a written exam. A pass mark of 65% is required. The Taxi Administrator can be contacted through:
Planning and Development Department,
Truro Town Hall
695 Prince Street, Truro
or by calling: 902-895-1148.
pdf Taxi Driver Application Form (88 KB)
How to apply for a Taxi Owner License
To apply for a Taxi Owner License, you must meet the requirements of the Town of Truro Taxi Bylaw# B1031200. An appointment can be arranged for your "Vehicle for Hire Inspection" by contacting the Taxi Administrator at 902-895-1148.
To obtain a Taxi Owner License, please complete the following application form and provide the following documents:
- Taxi Owner Application Form
- A clear photocopy of your Insurance Certificate
- Copy of Motor Vehicle Registration Permit (The original document must be in the vehicle at the time of inspection)
- Copy of Motor Vehicle Inspection (All inspections are required by MacKenzie’s Ultramar Auto Repair located at 1072 Prince Street, Truro. This inspection is to be completed within 30 days of submitting the application)
- Meter Calibration Slip (Must be dated and signed and current within 30 days)
- Taxi Owner License Fee $25.00
The role of Truro's Business & Economic Development Office is to foster a growing and sustainable economy in the Town of Truro that supports our strategic objectives and enhances our community. The Office helps to facilitate the economic growth and expansion of existing businesses and seeks opportunities to attract new investment to the community. We offer prompt, personal service to assist businesses in evaluating investment opportunities within the Town of Truro and will provide assistance throughout each stage of the development process.
The Business & Economic Development Office offers assistance with a variety of business and development services, including:
- Expansion or relocation of an existing business
- Starting a new business
- Business challenges and opportunities
- Real estate and development opportunities
- Information on the community
- Local business climate
- Growth opportunities and development plans
- Information and resources to help businesses grow and expand
- Financial grants, incentives, and assistance
- Potential site locations
Truro Business Park
The Truro Business Park is home to nearly 70 existing businesses which perform a wide variety of uses such as distribution, manufacturing, processing, and warehousing, with the largest employers in textiles and plastics. For more information on Truro Business Park, and to find information on all lots that are available for sale, go to Truro Business Park.
Manager of Economic Development
695 Prince Street
Truro, Nova Scotia
Canada B2N 1G5
Tel: (902) 893-1424 or 1-844-524-9888
Fax: (902) 893-6091
GIS is an important tool in visualizing, understanding and interpreting data which aids Town staff in making decisions and solving problems quickly and efficiently. Truro has an online interactive site, which provides the public with an efficient and useful way to connect and explore the Town of Truro. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technology that combines data based on geographic location for the analysis and generation of maps. This website provides free access to the Town of Truro's mapping. Make sure to check back often for more Apps, Maps, Data and Tools!
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