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Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

Nova Scotia Tartan (Production) Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who wants to produce or reproduce in any form the Nova Scotia Tartan. ("Production" means any form of woven cloth resembling or claiming to be the Tartan in print, on paper, on the surface of cloth in any form whatsoever.)
Issuing Department Agency:
N.S. Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Contact: Market Develpoment Officer
Culture and Heritage Development Division
N.S. Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Phone: 902-424-5929
Visit: World Trade & Convention Centre
1800 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Write: PO Box 456
Halifax, NS  B3J 2R5
Fax: 902-424-0710
Application Forms & Process:
The applicant must apply in writing indicating their intentions for the Tartan, the location of the manufacturer and the process of manufacture. A sample swatch of the Tartan must accompany the application. There is no application form, a letter will suffice.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be sent to the applicant by mail.
Waiting Period:
10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
This licence is valid for 1 year. It can be renewed, and the renewal time is 1 year from the date it was first issued. The renewal process is started by the licence holder.
Price:  (tax is included)
Initial Application and Annual Renewal:   $28.75
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
The specifications for the Nova Scotia Tartan are included in the Act. The Act is available at
Legislative Authority:
Nova Scotia Tartan Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 318.

Last Updated: April 2013

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