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Department of Natural Resources

Taxidermist Licence

Who Needs This Licence?

Anyone who wants to engage in the business of taxidermy in Nova Scotia. The Minister of Natural Resources may issue a Licence to any person to carry on the business of a taxidermist at a location to be described in the Licence.

Issuing Department / Agency:

N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?

Service Delivery Division
Business Registration Unit
Service Nova Scotia

Tel: 902-424-4821
Fax: 902-424-4633

Office Location:
Maritime Centre
9th Floor Reception Area
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1529
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4

NOTE: The Maritime Centre is located at the intersection of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road (the Aliant Building at the foot of Spring Garden).

Application Forms & Process:

Application can be made in person at the address above or by completing the form below and submitting by fax, email or in person. If application is approved, the licence will be delivered to applicant's business premises by Department of Natural Resources staff.

Waiting Period:

5 business days

Expiry & Renewal:

This licence is valid for one year; from April 1st to March 31st and may be renewed. Renewal notices are generally sent via email.


Initial Application and Annual Renewal:  $12.48 plus HST

Related Requirements:
  1. A valid Wildlife Resources Card, N.S. Department of Natural Resources,

  2. Fur Buyer Licence, N.S. Department of Natural Resources;

  3. Fur Retention Permit, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.
The above may be necessary if mounting fur bearing animals.
Additional Information:
  1. Anyone who wants to deal with migratory birds other than hunted species being prepared for the hunter must also obtain a separate permit from the Canadian Wildlife Service.

  2. Taxidermists wishing to buy skins or hides of furbearers, deer, or moose for resale as prepared specimens also require a Fur Buyer Licence and/or a Hide Dealer (Deer or Moose) Licence from the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

  3. Licenced taxidermists shall keep accurate records of all wildlife, skins, pelts, hides, or parts thereof received for the purpose of curing, mounting or storing. Copies of these records may be requested by the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. The records shall be open to inspection to any Conservation Officer. The information to be included in these records are specified in the Regulations.
Legislative Authority:

Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 59, 60

Fur Buyers, Hide Dealers and Taxidermists Regulations

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