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Department of Lands and Forestry

Permit to Operate a Rehabilitation Facility Application

Who Needs This Registration?
Anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned wildlife which has been brought to them by the public or government officials.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Lands and Forestry

Where can you get Further Information on this Registration?
Manager, Wildlife Parks
Shubenacadie Wildlife Park
PO Box 299
Shubenacadie, NS B0N 2H0

Tel: 902-758-2040
Application Forms & Process:
An application form can be obtained from the Manager, Wildlife Parks (see address above).

The application must be accompanied by a suitable business plan and a description of the facility. There will be an inspection of the facility to ensure that it meets acceptable standards, and an interview with the applicant to ensure that they have adequate experience and/or training. Also, veterinary support for the facility is required.

Waiting Period:

4-6 weeks

Expiry & Renewal:

This permit is valid for 1 year from the date it is issued, and can be renewed. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to initiate the renewal process at least two months prior to expiry date.

Initial Application and Renewal:  Free

Related Requirements:
This registration will be renewed only if all conditions attached to the initial registration have been fulfilled.

Additional Information:

Legislative Authority:

Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia 1989, Chapter 504, s. 113;

General Wildlife Regulations, s.6

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