Public Notices

Nominations open

MUNICIPAL ELECTION - Nominations are now open for the Oct. 17, 2020, municipal election. For more details, please check the image.

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Masks Mandatory in Town Hall

MASKS MANDATORY IN TOWN HALL -  As announced by the Government of Nova Scotia on July 24 2020, masks will become mandatory in most indoor spaces, including Town Hall.  This is effective July 31 2020.  A full list of indoor public places and certain exemptions can be found on the Government of Nova Scotia website at: Information about wearing a non-medical mask can be found at:

Bylaw to amend the Fires and Burning of Materials Bylaw C7

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that amendments to the Fires and Burning of Materials Bylaw, C-7 was approved by Amherst town council on July 10, 2020, and is in effectas of the date of this publication.

The purpose of the proposed amendments will:

  • establish a requirement to have a person placed in charge of a fire.
  • incorporate CSA and ULC approved appliances
  • provide a progressive fine structure be implemented and applied when enforcing the requirements of this bylaw, and defines detailed requirements around preventing the spread of fire by defining spacing requirements between the fire and adjacent buildings and/or combustibles, limiting the size and height of the pile of combustibles being burned, and fire control measures that need to be in place.

Copies of the Fires and Burning of Materials Bylaw may be inspected at the office of the Municipal Clerk, Dominion Public Building, 98 East Victoria Street, during regular business hours. The bylaw can also be viewed on the town’s web page at:

Kimberlee Jones, Municipal Clerk

Deck construction forms available online

DECK CONSTRUCTION FORMS - Folks planning on building a deck are required to fill out a form detailing how the deck is to be constructed. The form should accompany the request for a building permit that is sent into the town. The forms for either a detached deck or an unattached deck can be found at:

Cumberland Business Connector updates COVID-19 response

CUMBERLAND BUSINESS CONNECTOR - The Cumberland Business Connector has the latest information for Cumberland region businesses on the the COVID-19 pandemic. The information can be found on their website:

Organics collection

ORGANICS COLLECTION - The weekly collection of organics (green bins) within the boundaries of the Town of Amherst will resume on June 29, 2020, and will continue until September 25, 2020. Materials must be placed out for collection by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.

Town Hall Hours

TOWN HALL HOURS - Amherst Town Hall is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, with some modifications in place to accomodate COVID-19 public health protocols.

To ensure the protection of customers and staff , the following will apply to those entering the town hall:

  1. All persons entering Town Hall are required to wear a mask.
  2. Customers making payments or dropping off or picking up documents such as applications, etc will be required to enter and exit Town Hall through the designated doors that are marked with Enter and Exit signs.
  3. After completing their business, customers are asked to exit the building as soon as safety permits.
  4. The number of customers permitted in the lobby at one time will be five (5) and the two-metre physical distancing requirements will be in effect.
  5. Customer meetings (othan than reception) will be by appointment only.  Phone or video meetins are encouraged whenever possible.
  6. All appointments are required to be scheduled in advance.
  7. Those requiring the use of the accessible entrace, making deliveries and attending pre-arranged appointments will be required to enter Town Hall via the ramp on the left side of the building.

2020-21 capital and operating budget available for viewing

OPERATING, CAPITAL BUDGETS - The report on the Town of Amherst’s 2020-21 general operating budget of $18,358,712 and capital budget of $3,505,883 can now be viewed online at  The Amherst Water Utility’s $2,242,216 operating budget and $753,000 capital budget are included in the report.