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Deed Transfer Tax in Nova Scotia

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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

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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.

CountyMunicipalityTax Rate
AnnapolisMunicipality of the County of Annapolis1.5%
AnnapolisTown of Annapolis Royal1.5%
AnnapolisTown of Middleton1.5%
AntigonishMunicipality of the County of Antigonish1%
AntigonishTown of Antigonish1.5%
Cape BretonCape Breton Regional Municipality1.5%
ColchesterMunicipality of the County of Colchester1%
ColchesterTown of Stewiacke1%
ColchesterTown of Truro1%
CumberlandMunicipality of the County of Cumberland1.5%
CumberlandTown of Amherst1.25%
CumberlandTown of Oxford1%
DigbyMunicipality of the District of Clare0.5%
DigbyMunicipality of the District of Digby1%
DigbyTown of Digby1.25%
GuysboroughMunicipality of the District of Guysborough1%
GuysboroughMunicipality of the District of St Mary’s1.25%
GuysboroughTown of Mulgrave0.5%
HalifaxHalifax Regional Municipality1.5%
HantsMunicipality of the District of Hants East1.5%
HantsWest Hants Regional Municipality1.5%
InvernessMunicipality of the County of Inverness1.5%
InvernessTown of Port Hawkesbury1.5%
KingsMunicipality of the County of Kings
KingsTown of Berwick1%
KingsTown of Kentville
KingsTown of Wolfville1.5%
LunenburgMunicipality of the District of Chester1.5%
LunenburgMunicipality of the District of Lunenburg1.25%
LunenburgTown of Bridgewater1.5%
LunenburgTown of Lunenburg1.5%
LunenburgTown of Mahone Bay1.5%
PictouMunicipality of the County of Pictou1%
PictouTown of New Glasgow1%
PictouTown of Pictou1%
PictouTown of Stellarton1%
PictouTown of Trenton1%
PictouTown of Westville1%
QueensRegion of Queens Municipality1.5%
RichmondMunicipality of the County of Richmond1.5%
ShelburneMunicipality of the District of Barrington1.5%
ShelburneMunicipality of the District of Shelburne1.5%
ShelburneTown of Clark’s Harbour1%
ShelburneTown of Lockeport1.5%
ShelburneTown of Shelburne1.5%
VictoriaMunicipality of the County of Victoria1.5%
YarmouthMunicipality of the District of Argyle1%
YarmouthMunicipality of the District of Yarmouth1%
YarmouthTown of Yarmouth1%

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