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What licences & permits will I need?

Once you've registered your business, you may need specific licences and permits to operate in Nova Scotia. The following sources will help you

  • Determine the licences and permits your business requires
  • Find the application forms
  • Apply for what you need - online in some cases

Online service for business

This online service allows you to take care of your business with government any time of the day or week. Once registered, you can

  • Search for a customized list of licences and permits that you may need from the municipal, provincial and federal governments
  • Apply online for certain licences, permits, registration, certificates
  • Pay via a secure online payment service
  • Renew your Registry of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) and your other licenses and permits online

For the applications that aren't yet available online, you can find further information on the Nova Scotia Permits Directory.

Nova Scotia Permits Directory

The Nova Scotia Permits Directory contains links to many forms and applications that you require to apply for or renew some permits and licences. It includes information on

  • who needs the permit
  • what agency or department issues it 
  • how to apply
  • how much it costs and how long it lasts
  • how long it takes to get it

The Directory also gives locations and phone numbers for some of the offices of those departments and agencies.

Questions or comments

If you have questions or comments about the directory, please contact us.