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

Liquor Licence: Special Premises

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who wants to provide liquor service but whose nature of business does not allow them to qualify for any of the other forms of liquor licensing. (This form of licensing is usually restricted to community facilities and hotels.)
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:
An applicant can request a special premises liquor licence application by phone, fax, mail or visiting the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division office. The appropriate application kit will be supplied by mail or can be picked up by the applicant. All requested documents must be submitted to the contact and the applicant would appear before the Utilities and Review Board at a scheduled public hearing. A written decision of the Board will follow.
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 3 years. The renewal process is started by the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division, which will send a renewal form to the licence holder before the current licence expires.
Price: (no tax is charged)
Initial Application: $311.45

Renewal: $560.70 (3 year term mandatory)
Related Requirements:

1) Zoning Clearance - Municipality

2) Food Establishment Permit, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

3) Fire Clearance, Office of the Fire Marshal

4) Business Registration: Corporations or Business Registration: Limited Partnerships, Service Nova Scotia: Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Additional Information:
Examples of clients who may need to apply for this licence are boats, hotel function rooms, poolsides and airports.

Each special premise liquor licence issued would have its own unique rules of operation assigned.

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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