Deed Transfer Tax in Nova Scotia

Deed transfer tax (DTT) is one of the largest fees associated with the closing of your home and is often overlooked when calculating your total purchase amount. Referred to in many other provinces as land transfer tax, DTT is paid by Nova Scotia homebuyers to the municipality when the ownership of the home or property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. Land Registration Offices collect the tax on behalf of the municipalities when the transfer is recorded.

See: Everything You Need to Know About the Land Transfer Tax

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Deed transfer tax (DTT) is one of the largest fees associated with the closing of your home and is often overlooked when calculating your total purchase amount. Referred to in many other provinces as land transfer tax, DTT is paid by Nova Scotia homebuyers to the municipality when the ownership of the home or property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. Land Registration Offices collect the tax on behalf of the municipalities when the transfer is recorded.

 

See: Everything You Need to Know About the Land Transfer Tax

Nova Scotia deed transfer tax rates

Land transfer tax is referred to as deed transfer tax (DTT) in Nova Scotia. The tax rates are determined by each municipality and the tax amount is calculated based on a percentage of the sale price of the property (see chart below for details).

 

Exemptions from deed transfer tax in Nova Scotia

There are a few circumstances where deed transfer tax doesn’t have to be paid in Nova Scotia, including if:

  • You’re merely confirming, correcting or supplementing a previous transfer
  • The transfer is occurring between the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board and a borrower under the Agriculture and Rural Credit Act
  • The buyer is a registered charitable organization and the property is not used for any commercial, industrial, rental or other business purpose
  • The property was bought before the year the municipality implemented the tax

 

Other conditions may also apply. Details can be found by contacting your nearest Land Registration Office.

 

Nova Scotia deed transfer tax rates by municipality

Deed transfer tax rates across Nova Scotia are charged by the municipality as follows.

 

County

Municipality

Tax Rate

Annapolis

Municipality of the County of Annapolis

1.5%

Annapolis

Town of Annapolis Royal

1.5%

Annapolis

Town of Middleton

1.5%

Antigonish

Municipality of the County of Antigonish

1%

Antigonish

Town of Antigonish

1.5%

Cape Breton

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

1.5%

Colchester

Municipality of the County of Colchester

1%

Colchester

Town of Stewiacke

1%

Colchester

Town of Truro

1%

Cumberland

Municipality of the County of Cumberland

1.5%

Cumberland

Town of Amherst

1.25%

Cumberland

Town of Oxford

1%

Digby

Municipality of the District of Clare

0.5%

Digby

Municipality of the District of Digby

1%

Digby

Town of Digby

1.25%

Guysborough

Municipality of the District of Guysborough

1%

Guysborough

Municipality of the District of St Mary’s

1.25%

Guysborough

Town of Mulgrave

0.5%

Halifax

Halifax Regional Municipality

1.5%

Hants

Municipality of the District of Hants East

1.5%

Hants

West Hants Regional Municipality

1.5%

Inverness

Municipality of the County of Inverness

1.5%

Inverness

Town of Port Hawkesbury

1.5%

Kings

Municipality of the County of Kings

Kings

Town of Berwick

1%

Kings

Town of Kentville

Kings

Town of Wolfville

1.5%

Lunenburg

Municipality of the District of Chester

1.5%

Lunenburg

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

1.25%

Lunenburg

Town of Bridgewater

1.5%

Lunenburg

Town of Lunenburg

1.5%

Lunenburg

Town of Mahone Bay

1.5%

Pictou

Municipality of the County of Pictou

1%

Pictou

Town of New Glasgow

1%

Pictou

Town of Pictou

1%

Pictou

Town of Stellarton

1%

Pictou

Town of Trenton

1%

Pictou

Town of Westville

1%

Queens

Region of Queens Municipality

1.5%

Richmond

Municipality of the County of Richmond

1.5%

Shelburne

Municipality of the District of Barrington

1.5%

Shelburne

Municipality of the District of Shelburne

1.5%

Shelburne

Town of Clark’s Harbour

1%

Shelburne

Town of Lockeport

1.5%

Shelburne

Town of Shelburne

1.5%

Victoria

Municipality of the County of Victoria

1.5%

Yarmouth

Municipality of the District of Argyle

1%

Yarmouth

Municipality of the District of Yarmouth

1%

Yarmouth

Town of Yarmouth

1%

 

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