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

Outdoor Festival / Concert Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who intends to hold an outdoor festival / concert in Nova Scotia.
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:  Amusement Form
    Other materials which may be of interest include: 
    Theatres and Amusements Act
    Theatres and Amusements Regulations

    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). 

An applicant can request a license by phone, fax, mail, downloading from this website or by visiting the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division office(s). 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:
3 to 5 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry :
This licence is valid for the date(s) of the event only.
Price: (No tax is charged)
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Applicants are advised to contact Service Nova Scotia Health Services with respect to washroom facilities, Department of Transportation with respect to traffic control and the local police or RCMP detachment. Also, if open fires or campfires are part of the festival site, the Department of Natural Resources should be contacted.
Legislative Authority:
Theatres and Amusements Act, Theatres and Amusements Regulations, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 466

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