Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Now Serving...The Government of Nova Scotia


I realize that I may be the only non bureaucrat citizen of Nova Scotia that actually tries to stay up to date with upcoming building code amendments.  Last week I had a brief moment of hope when I read that an amendment to The NS Building Code Regulations is coming forward on May 1st.  Could this be it?  Is it possible that the concerns of home-based business owners in this province have been taken seriously?

Wait.  Onsite sewage disposal systems?  That doesn't sound right.  True, there has been quite a lot of bullshit associated with the application of the building code as it relates to  permitted home-based businesses, but perhaps not a septic field's worth.  Alas, this amendment had nothing to do with removing red tape.  This amendment actually seems to be about adding red tape.

I won't go into it in depth because I don't know that much about it and if any of you find me studying up on septic system regulations, please push me into the latrine.  What I have been able to surmise is that this amendment will require one more permit for someone wishing to install a septic system and will make the experience of a property owner just a tad more frustrating.  The point here being that this amendment serves government and no one else.  It is a rule created to serve the application of rules.

Meanwhile, that amendment that will serve people...Ya, well, the Building Advisory Committee is  now six months into trying to solve the world's most solveable problem.  Those words, Now or Never and Urgent and Bold, I guess they don't apply to the needs of small business owners.  I find it very disheartening that the needs of government are being met before the needs of Nova Scotians.

If you have any concerns regarding this upcoming amendment, written comments are welcome until March 11th., or  If you are concerned that the amendment to clarify the application of The Building Code to Home-Based businesses may not happen in this life time, you can address those concerns to the same recipients.

Hon. Zach Churchill
C/O Joe Rogers
Building Code Coordinator
P.O. Box 231
Halifax Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 3M4
or here:  Joe.Rogers@novascotia.ca


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