By-law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers

(NOC 4423)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Officers and inspectors in this group enforce by-laws and regulations of provincial and municipal governments. Animal control officers enforce animal control by-laws. Commercial transport inspectors inspect transport vehicles. Garbage collection inspectors investigate complaints regarding the storing and collection of garbage. Other areas requiring inspectors and enforcement officers are liquor licences, parking control, taxi service, and property zoning. They are employed by provincial and municipal governments and agencies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. By-law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 65% of By-law Enforcement and Other Regulatory Officers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $59,461. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$11,966

Minimum

$52,149

Median

$83,870

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Officers and inspectors in this group enforce by-laws and regulations of provincial and municipal governments. Animal control officers enforce animal control by-laws. Commercial transport inspectors inspect transport vehicles. Garbage collection inspectors investigate complaints regarding the storing and collection of garbage. Other areas requiring inspectors and enforcement officers are liquor licences, parking control, taxi service, and property zoning. They are employed by provincial and municipal governments and agencies.

Job duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Animal control officers respond to citizen complaints concerning stray domestic animals, livestock and wildlife; issue warnings and citations to owners; and impound lost, homeless and dangerous animals.
  • By-law enforcement officers enforce municipal and provincial regulations, investigate complaints, and issue warnings and citations to commercial and residential property owners and occupants.
  • Commercial transport inspectors inspect commercial vehicles to ensure compliance with regulations governing load restrictions, the transportation of hazardous materials and public safety.
  • Garbage collection inspectors investigate complaints concerning infractions of garbage collection by-laws.
  • Liquor licence inspectors conduct inspections of licensed establishments, advise licencees on laws and regulations, and report contravention of laws and regulations to provincial liquor control boards and agencies.
  • Parking control officers enforce parking by-laws on city streets, regional roads and municipal properties.
  • Taxi inspectors inspect taxicabs for mechanical reliability, cleanliness, licensing, and meter accuracy; investigate public complaints, issue citations and prepare reports; and give evidence to city councils, taxi commissions and in court.
  • Zoning inspectors investigate properties in violation of zoning and related by-laws, after receiving requests for licence clearances pertaining to zoning and related by-laws, and on receipt of building permit applications. // By-law enforcement officers may specialize in the enforcement of one specific by-law.

Sample job titles

  • animal control officer
  • by-law enforcement officer
  • commercial transport inspector
  • highway scale operator
  • liquor licence inspector
  • municipal law enforcement officer
  • parking control officer
  • service station inspector
  • transportation enforcement officer
  • zoning enforcement officer

Skills

You must be resourceful and able to work on your own carrying out instructions given by your employer. It will be necessary to gain a good knowledge of the regulations pertaining to your work. Excellent communication, observation, and problem-solving skills are essential. You should have a valid driver's licence. Cultural sensitivity and patience are important. You should also be able to communicate with and gain the respect of the public. Candidates are required to pass the appropriate background check.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Completion of a college program or courses in law and security or other related field or experience in a related administrative or regulatory occupation is usually required.
  • Zoning inspectors or zoning enforcement officers may require a college diploma as a civil engineering or architectural technologist or technician and several years of experience in enforcement and/or building construction or a related field.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

215

employed in 2016

89.8%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

31.3%
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68.7%
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49.3

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

41.7%

Halifax

20.8%

Cape Breton

18.8%

Annapolis Valley

14.6%

Northern

6.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

65.1%

Public Administration

16.3%

Management, Admin & Other Support

4.7%

Educational Services

4.7%

Other Services

4.7%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

51.6%

45-54

19.4%

25-34

12.9%

55-64

6.5%

35-44

6.5%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

35.4%

College certificate or diploma

$68,933 median annual income
27.1%

High school

$74,074 median annual income
20.8%

Bachelor's degree

$78,062 median annual income
12.5%

Trades certificate

N/A
8.3%

University certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Animal behaviour and ethology

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of the psychological and neurological bases of animal sensation, perception, cognition, behaviour, and behavioural interactions within and outside the species. These programs include courses in ethology, behavioural neuroscience, neurobiology, behavioural evolution, cognition and sensory perception, motivators, learning and instinct, hormonal controls, reproductive and developmental biology, community ecology, functional behaviour, and applications to specific behaviours and patterns as well as to specific phyla and species.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Architectural engineering technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of architects, engineers and planners engaged in designing and developing buildings, urban complexes, and related systems. These programs include courses in design testing procedures, building site analysis, model building and computer graphics, engineering drawing, structural systems testing, analysis of prototype mechanical and interior systems, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Securities services administration/management

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to plan, manage, and supervise services providing private security protection for people and property and related investigative and consulting functions. These programs include courses in security and loss prevention services, private security and investigation techniques, security technologies, personnel management, business operations, marketing, applicable laws and regulations, and client relations.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Security and loss prevention services

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform routine inspection, patrol and crime prevention services for security companies. These programs include courses in the provision of personal protection as well as property security.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Public Service Commission
PO Box 943, 1800 Argyle Street, 5th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 2V9
Tel: (902) 424-7660
Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 2734
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5
Tel: (800) 670-4357
Fax: (902) 424-0720

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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