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

Bingo Lottery Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Any charitable or religious organization wanting to operate to raise funds for community projects and programs.

Note: This license is needed even if no cash prizes are offered.
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:   Bingo Lottery Application
Notice to All Applicants
Guidelines to Complete Bingo Application
Other materials which may be of interest include:
Bingo Regulations
Bingo Suppliers Regulations
Bingo Financial Report
Media Bingo Monthly Report
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 kit will be supplied by mail, or may be picked up by the applicant.

The completed application form can be mailed, faxed or brought to the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division office (see addresses above). 

The application is reviewed by staff to ensure that it is completed in its entirety. After review by the Division staff, the applicant is issued the appropriate license or notified of its denial.
Waiting Period:
10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
This license is valid for 1 day to a maximum of 3 year(s); the number of days of operation are specified on the license.

The renewal process is started by the Division, which will send a renewal form to the license holder before the current license expires.
Price:  (No tax is charged)
$90.45 for a 3 year license term

$30.15 for new Bingo Single events

No fee for Low Revenue Charitable Bingo Operations

In the case of a single bingo, a fee calculated at 2.13% of the prize value must be submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Division within 30 days after the expiry date on the license. In the case of a license issued for a period of more than 1 day, a fee calculated at 2.13% of the total prize value must be submitted within 30 days after the last business day of each calendar month during such period, beginning with the month in which the license is issued.

Monthly Bingo Report(s) is provided to the applicant with each license, and it must be completed and returned to the Division together with the applicable fee.
Related Requirements:
The premises in which the bingo is to be held must first be licensed by the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division as a Place of Amusement.
Additional Information:
Bingo is only permitted to be operated at the location specified, and on the days and times stipulated on the license.
Legislative Authority:
Gaming Control Act, Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1994-95.

Bingo Regulations

Bingo Suppliers Regulations, Section 127, Gaming Control Act.

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