Business, non-profit and self-employed

Permits, licences and registrations

Agent Agreement (Fuel Wholesaler) to wholesale gasoline, diesel oil and propane

Apply for an Agent Agreement (Fuel Wholesaler) to wholesale gasoline, diesel oil and propane.

Agent of Lender Permit

Apply for an Agent of Lender Permit to act as an agent for a lender in arranging loans for consumers in Nova Scotia.

Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence

Apply for a Cemetery and Cemetery Sales Licence if your company sells cemetery lots or cemetery lots and pre-need cemetery plans.

Cemetery and Funeral Services Salesperson Licence

Apply for a Cemetery and Funeral Services Salesperson Licence to sell cemetery lots, pre-need cemetery plans or pre-arranged funeral plans.

Collection Agency Licence

Collection agencies need a Collection Agency Licence to employ people to collect debt in Nova Scotia on behalf of other companies.

Collector Licence (for individuals)

Apply for a Collector Licence if you’re employed by a collection agency to trace debtors or collect debt in Nova Scotia.

Consumer Reporting Agency Permit

Apply for a Consumer Reporting Agency Permit if your business provides consumer reports for gain or profit.

Designated Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit to sell to First Nation customers on reserves

Retail stores on reserves need a Designated Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit to sell tobacco products tax-free to First Nation customers.

Direct Seller Company Permit

Apply for a Direct Seller Company Permit if your company has representatives making direct sales to people outside a retail outlet.

Film Exchange Licence to distribute videos and video games

Businesses need a Film Exchange Licence to distribute videos and video games to retailers in Nova Scotia.

Fuel Tax Application: Bulk Vendor Permit

Bulk plants, bulk stations and terminals need a Bulk Vendor Permit to store gasoline or diesel oil in storage tanks.

Funeral Home or Crematorium Licence

Apply for a Funeral Home or Crematorium Licence to provide funeral services or merchandise to the public.

Get a Clearance Certificate to sell entire tobacco inventory in bulk sale

Apply for a Clearance Certificate to sell your entire tobacco inventory (stock) in a bulk sale.

Hearing Aid Dealer Permit

Apply for a Hearing Aid Dealer Permit if you’re a company that tests, fits and sells hearing aids and accessories to the public.

Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit

Apply for a Hearing Aid Salesperson Permit to test, fit and sell hearing aids and accessories to the public.

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Licence

Nova Scotia-based carriers operating motor vehicles in multiple jurisdictions need an IFTA Licence.

Lender Permit

Apply for a Lender Permit if you lend money or provide financing to consumers in Nova Scotia.

Mortgage Broker Permit

Mortgage brokers need a Mortgage Broker Permit to do business in Nova Scotia.

Mortgage Lender Permit

Mortgage lenders need a Mortgage Lender Permit to do business in Nova Scotia.

Payday Lender Permit

Payday lenders need a Payday Lender Permit to offer, arrange or provide loans under $1,500 with a term of 62 days or less.

Permit to Purchase and Sell Unstamped Tobacco

Tobacco wholesale vendors need a Permit to Purchase and Sell Unstamped Tobacco to buy and sell unmarked tobacco products.

Permit to Stamp Imported Tobacco

Retailers need a permit to stamp imported tobacco products.

Place of Amusement Licence: movie theatres and drive-ins

Movie theatres and drive-ins need a Place of Amusement Licence to operate.

Prearranged Funeral Plan Sales Company Licence

Apply for a Prearranged Funeral Plan Sales Company Licence if you’re a company that sells prearranged funeral plans to the public.

Register as a bulk vendor: Your Energy Rebate Program

Register for bulk vendor status under the Your Energy Rebate Program to provide point-of-sale rebates.

Register as a vehicle appraiser

Register as a vehicle appraiser with the Provincial Tax Commission. A licensed dealer is automatically recognized as a vehicle appraiser.

Tobacco Manufacturer Permit

Tobacco manufacturers need a Tobacco Manufacturer Permit to manufacture tobacco products for distribution, sale or storage in Nova Scotia.

Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit

Retail stores need a Tobacco Retail Vendor’s Permit to sell tobacco products.

Tobacco Wholesale Vendor’s Permit

You need a Tobacco Wholesale Vendor’s Permit to sell, store and distribute tobacco products to retailers.

Vendor Permit to sell gasoline, diesel oil and propane at the retail level: Fuel Tax Application

Fuel retailers need a Vendor Permit to sell gasoline, diesel oil and propane.

Alcohol licensing

Annual production report: Ferment-on-premises Licence

Organizations with a Ferment-on-premises Licence need to submit an annual production report.

Apply for approval to renovate an establishment with a liquor licence

Businesses, societies and non-profits with a liquor licence need to apply for approval to renovate their establishment or make changes to the floor plan.

Caterer Extension (eating establishment)

Eating establishments need a Caterer Extension to serve alcohol at an offsite event they’re catering.

Club Liquor Licence

Societies, non-profits and other organizations with club facilities need a Club Liquor Licence to serve alcohol to members and their guests.

Criminal record check: Permanent Liquor Licence

Permanent Liquor Licence applicants and new managers at establishments with a Permanent Liquor Licence may need a criminal record check as part of the liquor licensing process.

Entertainment notification: Permanent Liquor Licence

Establishments with a Permanent Liquor Licence need to notify the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division if they want to host entertainment.

Extension of Hours Policy: liquor licences

Criteria that establishments with Permanent Liquor Licences need to meet to qualify for extending their hours of operation.

Ferment-on-premises Licence

Facilities that allow their customers to produce their own beer, wine or cider onsite need a Ferment-on-premises Licence.

Get an underage performer approved: liquor licences

Licensed cabarets, lounges and beverage rooms need to apply to have an underage performer approved to perform.

Liquor licences: forms and documents

Collection of forms and documents for liquor licences.

Move a liquor licence to a new location

Businesses, societies and non-profits with a liquor licence need to apply for approval to move their liquor licence to a new location.

Patio and Patio Extensions Policy: Permanent Liquor Licences

Approval process for assessing eligibility for a patio or patio extension for an establishment with a Permanent Liquor Licence.

Permanent Liquor Licence

Businesses, societies and non-profits need a Permanent Liquor Licence to serve alcohol by the glass.

Personal history report for managers: Permanent Liquor Licence

Establishments with a Permanent Liquor Licence need to apply to have a new manager approved.

Private Clubs Policy: charitable lottery licences and permits

Criteria private clubs need to meet to qualify for a charitable lottery licence or permit.

Public Consultation Policy: liquor licences

When the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division conducts public consultations and how the process works.

Relocate a Ferment-on-premises Licence to a new location

Apply to get approval to move a Ferment-on-Premises Licence to a new facility.

Special Occasion Liquor Licence (class 1, 2 and 3)

Individuals and organizations need a Special Occasion Liquor Licence to serve or sell alcohol at an event.

Special Occasion Liquor Licence (class 4): temporary physical extension of premises

Permanent Liquor Licence holders need a Special Occasion Liquor Licence (class 4) to temporarily serve alcohol in an area adjacent to the licensed premises.

Special Occasion Liquor Licence (class 4): temporary physical extension of premises (clubs)

Societies, non-profits and other organizations with a Club Liquor Licence need a Special Occasion Liquor Licence (class 4) to temporarily serve alcohol in an area adjacent to the licensed premises or at a private event.

Special Occasion Liquor Licences: forms and documents

Collection of forms and documents for Special Occasion Liquor Licences.

Special Occasion Liquor Licences: overview

How to get a Special Occasion Liquor Licence and what you need to know once you have one.

Transfer a Permanent Liquor Licence to new owners

Businesses, societies and non-profits that buy a licensed establishment need to apply for approval to transfer the liquor licence to their name or company name.

Transfer Ferment-on-premises Licence to new owners

Apply to transfer a Ferment-on-premises Licence to your name if you’re buying a facility where customers can make their own beer, wine or cider.

Underage Policy for Special Occasion Liquor Licences (class 1, 2 and 3)

Types of events minors are allowed to attend where alcohol is served.

Gaming licensing

Apply to re-enter casinos after voluntary exclusion (banning yourself)

Apply for access to re-enter Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax and Sydney after voluntary exclusion (banning yourself).

Bingo financial report: Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence

Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence holders need to submit a Bingo Financial Report for a series of bingo games with total yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single bingo game with total prizes over $2,500.

Breakopen Ticket Licence

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need a Breakopen Ticket Licence to sell breakopen tickets.

Breakopen ticket report: Breakopen Ticket Licence

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations with a Breakopen Ticket Licence need to submit a Breakopen Ticket Report each year.

Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence: series of events with yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single event with total prizes over $2,500

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence to run a series of bingo games with yearly prizes over $30,000 or a single bingo game with prizes over $2,500.

Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence: series of events with yearly prizes under $30,000

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence to run a series of bingo games with yearly prizes under $30,000.

Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence: single event with total prizes under $2,500

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need a Charitable Bingo Lottery Licence to run a single bingo event with total prizes under $2,500.

Confirmation of Prize Value Policy: gaming licences and permits

Rules around ticket lottery prizes including what prizes qualify and how the value of the prize needs to be the same as advertised.

Games of Chance Lottery Licence: charitable organizations

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need a Games of Chance Lottery Licence to offer games of chance.

Games of Chance Lottery Licence: commercial carnivals

Commercial carnivals need a Games of Chance Lottery Licence to offer games of chance.

Gaming licences: forms and documents

Collection of forms and documents for gaming licences.

Gaming licences: overview

How to get gaming licences and what you need to know once you have one.

Licensing Conditions Policy: chase the ace style lotteries

Licensing conditions that organizations need to meet when running a chase the ace style lottery.

Manor Bingo Permit: seniors complexes and manors

Seniors complexes and manors need a Manor Bingo Permit to run bingo games for residents and their guests.

Media bingo monthly report for bingos on the radio or on TV

Charities, religious organizations and non-profits running bingos on the radio or on TV with total yearly prizes over $30,000 need to submit a Media Bingo Monthly Report each month.

Supplier registration for Casino Nova Scotia

Register as a supplier to supply Casino Nova Scotia with products and services.

Ticket lottery guidelines

Guidelines that all ticket lotteries need to follow when running a ticket lottery.

Ticket Lottery Permit: raffles with prizes under $4,000

Charities, religious organizations and non-profit community organizations need a Ticket Lottery Permit to run a ticket raffle with total prizes valued at under $4,000.

Ticket Lottery Permits and Licences: guidelines for charitable and non-profit organizations

What fundraising activities require a Ticket Lottery Licence or permit and how charitable and non-profit organizations can apply.

Voluntary exclusion (banning yourself) from Nova Scotia casinos

Voluntarily ban yourself from Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax and Sydney by using the Request for Voluntary Exclusion Form.

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