Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit

Apply for a Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit. Retail stores need the permit to sell tobacco products. The permit is valid for 3 years.

By law, retail stores must have a Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit to sell tobacco products.


Retail stores can apply if they comply with Registry of Joint Stock Companies and are not in violation of the Tobacco Access Act.

How to apply

  1. Apply online for the permit.
  2. Include payment with your application.
  3. Submit your completed application and payment.

How long it takes

It should take 2 weeks to get the permit. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.


Activity Fee
Permit $124.60

Payment options

Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover), debit card, cheque, money order, cash. Make your cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance. Payment options may vary depending on how you apply.

When you pay online you need to pay the fee by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Visa Debit, Debit Mastercard).

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • Business Number from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Registry of Joint Stock Companies number
  • name and address of your business's bank or credit union
  • location of your business records, including the name of the person responsible for those records
  • list of any previous business names and owners of your business and business location
  • list of the full names, titles and addresses of the proprietor, partners or principal owners, including percentage of ownership

Apply online

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Other ways to apply

You can use the Tobacco Tax – Permit Application Form (PDF 568 kB) if you’re unable to apply online. Send your completed application and payment by mail. Or drop them off at the Business Registration Unit.


You need to renew your Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit every 3 years. You should get a renewal notice in the mail before the renewal date. It’s your responsibility to renew on time.

The permit will not be renewed if you have any outstanding accounts with the Government of Nova Scotia.