The Cape Breton Regional Municipality will be able to move more quickly to clean up dangerous or unsightly premises.
Amendments to the Municipal Government Act tabled by the provincial government Wednesday will give the municipality extra authority to declare a building unsightly and dangerous, even if it is still structurally sound.
The CBRM will also be able to order people to make repairs or clean up garbage on their properties before they are officially declared unsightly.
There are more than 700 vacant or derelict properties in the regional municipality.
Prior to Wednesday's changes, the Vacant and Derelict bylaw required a two-year waiting period before action could be taken on properties, including demolition.
The amendments were made at the request of Cape Breton Regional Municipality and will also be made to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter to keep legislation across Nova Scotia consistent.