Departments & Services

Welcome and Introduction

The Municipality of the County of Pictou is the local government responsible for providing services to the citizens in the rural communities of Pictou County. The Municipality has a population of approximately 20600 and is the largest of the six municipal governments located in Pictou County. The Municipality provides services in the areas of public works, some local roads, sewer and water, recreation, in addition to other municipal services and governance.

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property tax2PICTOU, NS - The Municipality of Pictou County will be issuing tax bills this week, but the deadline for payment has been extended until July 22, 2020.

The Municipality understands people might have difficulty paying their bills right now because of the COVID-19 crisis so it extended the deadline until mid-July, but it wants to stress that if you can pay your taxes, please do so since it relies on tax dollars to provide services to residents.

Council is currently working on a program that may facilitate the payment of taxes for taxpayers who are finding it difficult to pay the 2020 taxes due to the Covid-19 situation. Details on the program will be released as soon as they become available.

The Municipality of Pictou County’s Administrative Building is currently closed to the public because of COVID-19, but payments can be accepted through online banking or a cheque in the mail to The Municipality of Pictou County, PO Box 910 Pictou, B0K 1H0. Cash is not accepted in the mail and credit cards are not taken for tax bill payments.

For general tax inquiries, you may email us at

Provincial State of Emergency

On March 22, the Province of Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency will be in effect for 14 days and may be renewed. The emergency order is valid until April 5, 2020.

The Municipality of Pictou County is continuing to offer services during the COVID-19 crisis.  Here is a list of services and contact information for our departments. 


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Landfill Vouchers from the Municipality of Pictou County will be available from June 1 to November 30, 2020. Read more here. 



Administration Building:

Closed to Walk-in Traffic.  Please be assured that our staff is available to assist you via phone by calling 902-485-4311.  As we anticipate higher than normal call volumes, we ask for your patience as we do our best to respond to your questions and voicemails. If you leave a message on voicemail it will be returned as soon as possible.  Payment of tax and water accounts will continue be accepted through on-line banking through your financial institution, or by cheque/money order sent to PO Box 910, Pictou, NS, B0K 1H0.
Inquiries may be directed to:
Tax Inquiries:     
Water Inquiries:
General Inquiries:
It is recommended that you monitor our website and Facebook pages for updates on operations.

All Public Meetings Suspended:
All public meetings including council and committee meetings have been suspended and council will meet via electronically. Meetings rooms in our administration building are no longer available for public meeting spaces.

Public Works:
Our public works department is operating as usual but will be limiting their exposure to the public and practicing social distancing procedures.  For after hour public works emergencies, please call 902-301-1825.

Bylaw Officer:
Our Bylaw and Dog Control Officer is continuing to work as usual with social distancing procedures in place.  This department can be reached at 902-485-8640.

Building Inspections:
New protocols have been put in place for buildings inspections to take place.  See our website at for more details or contact 902-485-4588. 

All recreation programs have been suspended, but our recreation coordinator and active living coordinator are continuing to work on upcoming events and programs.  Recreation staff can be reached at 902-485-8528 or 902-485-2247.

Website and social media sites will continue to be updated regularly and submissions of photos and community happenings are welcome by emailing, or by calling 902-485-2238.  

Important phone numbers: 

TIR OPERATIONS CONTACT CENTRE:  Since the majority of roads are provincially owned, one avenue of contact is through your local MLA’s office, but you can also contact the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s Operations Contact Centre which is open 24 hours, seven days a week.  The Operations Contact Centre can be reached locally at 902-755-7060 or toll-free at 1-844-696-7737.  Emails can be sent to

If emergency assistance is required in rural Pictou County for issues regarding water, wastewater or municipal roads, please call:  
PUBLIC WORKS – 902-485-4085 between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.   If there is not a Public Works staff member in the office to immediately answer your call, it will be transferred to voicemail and a second number will be available for emergency calls.  It is 902-301-1825 and this phone is carried by a Public Works staff member 24/7.