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Wildlife Import Permit

Who Needs This Permit?
Anyone who wants to bring any live wildlife, either native or "exotic" (that is, not native to Nova Scotia) into Nova Scotia.

Note:  Species which are listed as "not dangerous" to the Nova Scotia eco-system are exempt.  See Additional Information, below. 

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Where can you get this Permit and / or further information?
Wildlife Management Division
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
Provincial Building
136 Exhibition Street
Kentville, NS B4N 4E5

Tel: 902-679-6139
Fax: 902-679-6176
Application Forms & Process:
Application must be made in writing to the Wildlife Division of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources in Kentville, N.S.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the permit will be sent to the applicant by mail.

Waiting Period:
1-10 business days
Expiry & Renewal:
This permit is valid for 1 month from the date it is issued. It is not renewable.


Related Requirements:

Additional Information:
Import Permits are not required for species which have been listed as not dangerous to the Nova Scotia ecosystem (a list of these exempted species is available from the Wildlife Division).

Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 64

General Wildlife Regulations

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