A premises is a parcel of land defined by a legal land description, or in its absence, by geo-referenced coordinates, upon any part of which, animals are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of. Premises include farms/hobby farms/stables, feedlots, pastures, community pastures, hatcheries, egg grading stations, abattoirs, assembly yards, auctions/livestock sale facilities, rendering plants, zoos/petting farms, exhibitions/fair grounds/race tracks/competition facilities, veterinary hospitals and labs, insemination units/embryo transfer facilities, livestock and poultry research facilities, carcass/deadstock disposal sites, and meat processing/storage facilities.
For the purposes of premises identification, animals include: beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, swine, wild boar, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, vicuna, horses, donkeys, mules, cervids, mink, fox, farmed rabbits, farmed chinchillas, broiler breeder pullets and layers, broiler chickens, laying bird breeding stock, layer pullets, layer chickens, breeder and meat turkeys, other farmed birds, purebred/fancier bird flocks, bees, aquaculture species, farmed wildlife species, and other farmed animals.
There is no cost to participate in this program.
It is a unique number, based on national standards, that is assigned to a premises. In Nova Scotia, PID numbers start with NS and are followed by seven randomly generated numbers. Each premises will be issued a single premises identification number, regardless of the number of animal types or premises types on that parcel of land. All provinces in Canada will be assigning such numbers to their agri-food facility premises following the same national numbering standard.
Either the owner or operator (renter or lessee) of a land location may apply for a PID for a location. Land ownership must be indicated on the application and will be verified by provincial staff, but only one PID may be issued to any single parcel of land.
Premises identification is a way of linking livestock and poultry to a geographic location for the purposes of responding to emergencies that threaten animal or public health. A premises is considered to be identified when the following information is complete, accurate and current:
Although premises identification is not mandatory in Nova Scotia, several livestock and poultry groups are utilizing premises identification in order to comply with traceability programs.
Premises identification information allows Department of Agriculture staff to:
The Government of Nova Scotia will use this information to help prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from federally- and provincially-reportable animal diseases, diseases of significance to animal or public health, natural disaster emergencies and other disasters. The information will only be used and shared for the purposes for which it was collected.
Your information is protected under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It will only be used and shared for the purposes for which it was collected.
Once you have submitted your registration form and the information is processed, you will receive a letter which includes a summary of the information you submitted and the national premises identification number that has been assigned to your property.
It is easy to apply. You can find the application form on the web site at: https://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/industry-protection/. Or you can obtain a hard copy by calling 902-890-3377 or by e-mail at NSPID@gov.ns.ca.
If you participate in the PID Program, all premises housing livestock or poultry must be registered and assigned a premises identification number. Initially, land parcels used for pasture will be associated with the home location and may not be assigned a PID number. However, registering the premises on which the main animal operation is located should be your first priority.
For a premise registry to be effective, it should contain up-to-date information about all livestock and poultry locations throughout the province, including multiple parcels of land owned or operated by one operator. This way, responders are equipped with a superior emergency management tool.
Once a premises is entered into the registry, the nine-digit unique premises ID number remains with this location, even following a change of ownership. A premises ID number will be retired only if the property is subdivided or consolidated and no longer used to house livestock and poultry.
If there is more than one separate livestock enterprise at the same location, it is recommended that each operation is registered for the premises. There will only be one nine-digit unique PID number assigned to the location; however, emergency contact information, premises types and animal types may vary for each operation/facility/livestock type, and correct information should be provided for each.
Yes. Although the nine-digit unique PID number assigned to the location will remain the same, emergency contact information, premises types and animal types for your operation may have changed and must be updated.
Land owners are asked to provide any changes to the premises information within 30 days of the change. You will also be contacted periodically by Department of Agriculture staff to confirm the accuracy of your information.
If you do not presently have animals on your premises but may have in future, or for part of the year, you will need to register your premises.
If you do not presently have animals and are certain that you will not be keeping animals in the future, you are not required to register your premises.
Premises Identification Office
PO Box 890
176 College Road
Truro, Nova Scotia