New Building Permit and LIDAR Digital Surface Model Data Expands Municipal Open Data Catalogue

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has released two new data sets as part of an ongoing commitment to increase transparency and public access to municipal government information.

Building permit records from 2003 to present, and LIDAR Digital Surface Model (DSM) data, are now available through the municipal open data catalogue hosted at These data sets were selected for release based on citizen feedback and municipal business unit requirements.

The addition of the building permit and LIDAR DSM data brings the total number of open data sets to 35. A wide range of data can be sourced for free through the catalogue, including: transit route and schedule data, solid waste collection areas and schedules, parking meter and zoning information, crime statistics, trail and park locations, and more. Prior to this release, the most recent data added to the open data catalogue in 2015 included community council boundaries and polling divisions.

The open data initiative was first launched by the municipality in early 2014 to help improve citizen engagement and enhance transparency and accountability to residents. The program was formalized by Regional Council later that year through the adoption of Administrative Order 2014-006-ADM Respecting Open Data.  

For more information on the municipality’s open data program, please visit

Source: Release

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