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Service Nova Scotia - Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division

Liquor Licence: Special Occasion

Who Needs This Licence?
1) Anyone who wishes to provide liquor service at private functions such as weddings, anniversaries, banquets where liquor is given away, and,

2) Groups who wish to provide liquor service for private or public events to be used as community fundraisers where liquor will be resold.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Service Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Phone: 902-424-6160 [Dartmouth Office]
902-563-3495 [Sydney Office]
1-877-565-0556 (toll-free in Nova Scotia)
Note:  If you call after normal business hours, your call will be returned the next day.
Office Locations:

Dartmouth location:
780 Windmill Road
2nd Floor
Dartmouth, NS
Fax: 902-424-4942

Sydney location:
1030 Upper Prince Street
Sydney, NS
Fax: 902-563-3430

Hours: (Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
E-mail: Licensing & Registration:
Investigation & Enforcement:
Write: Licensing Section
Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division
P.O. Box 545
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y8
Application Forms & Process:
To get an application form:

1)  Download:  Application for Special Occasion Licence
Please note:  These forms are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which requires the FREE Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. If you do not have the Reader, you can download the program FREE of charge.
2)  Or phone, visit, write or e-mail one of the contact sources listed above.  The appropriate application form will be supplied by mail, or may be picked up by the applicant.

An applicant can request a special occasion liquor licence application by phone, fax, mail, downloading from this website, or visiting the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division offices. Applications can also be obtained from any Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation location. The application is reviewed by staff to ensure it is completed in its entirety. After the review is complete, the applicant is issued the appropriate licence, or notified of its denial.
Waiting Period:

10 business days

Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received

Expiry :
This licence is valid for the date and time as stated on the licence, usually one day.
Price:  (No tax is charged)
See Additional Information below, for a description of the classes.

Class I: $12.45

Class II: $24.95

Class III: $62.30
Related Requirements:
(May be requested but not mandatory)

1. Service Nova Scotia - Office of the Fire Marshal Inspection report

2. Halifax Regional Municipality - Fire Inspection Services Inspection report

Please check Special Occasion Licence Application Form for specific requirements for outdoor events.
Additional Information:
"Special Occasions" are grouped into 3 classes:
Class I: For private events where liquor is given away, not sold.

Class II: For private events where liquor is re-sold.

Class III: For public events where the resale is used as part of a community fundraiser.
Special permits from the N.S. Liquor Corporation:  Beverage alcohol, besides being purchased to be consumed socially, is also used for medicinal and health purposes, for flavouring or condiments in food preparations, and for specially designated religious ceremonies.  All of these activities require a permit from the N.S. Liquor Corporation.  These special permits cover: Physicians, Nursing Homes, Food Industry and Food Manufacturers, Pharmacists, Mechanical & Scientific uses, Dentists, Hospitals and Sacramental Wine.

In addition, liquor suppliers and manufacturers operating in Nova Scotia must be registered with the Corporation.  These include private Retail outlets, manufacturing sites, warehousing sites, and special operations, such as: Hospitality rooms, Brew pubs, Farm Winery outlets,  Special Event liquor tastings, etc.  For more information, click here.
Legislative Authority:
Liquor Control Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Section 47 (1)

Liquor Licensing Regulations, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Section 5

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