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Nova Scotia Environment

Dangerous Goods / Waste Dangerous Goods / Salvage Facility Approvals

Who Needs This Approval?

Any person or persons who wish to construct, operate or reclaim:

  1. a facility for the handling of dangerous goods or waste dangerous goods as defined in the Dangerous Goods Management Regulations; N.S. Environment Act;

  2. a permanent facility for the handling of dangerous goods or waste dangerous goods generated in a residence;

  3. a facility for the handling of soils containing a chemical or petroleum product which is located in a place other than where the soil originated or became contaminated;

  4. a facility for the disposal of oily debris resulting from releases of a petroleum product;

  5. a commercial salvage facility which exceeds 0.25 ha in area which is used to salvage automobiles, transportation vehicles, or industrial equipment;

  6. a site with a chemical storage tank system the capacity of which exceeds 2000 litres of chemicals in liquid form or 2000 kilograms of chemicals in solid form, whichever is applicable;

  7. a petroleum storage tank system consisting of one or more petroleum tanks and associated piping;

  8. a facility for the storage or disposal of asbestos waste.

  9. a used oil collection facility capable of pickup and storage capacity in excess of 1000 L of used oil including the necessary trucks or storage facilities;

Note:  Approval is also needed to burn used oil (See Section 13, Used Oil Regulation).

NSE approval is not required for the construction, operation or reclamation of a facility for storing explosives as this is regulated by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (Canada).

Issuing Department / Agency:

Nova Scotia Environment

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

Any Regional or District Office of Environment


Head Office
Nova Scotia Environment

Phone:  902-424-3600
Fax:  902-424-0501

Office Location:
Barrington Tower
1894 Barrington St.
Suite 1800
Halifax, NS

Mailing Address:
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Application Forms & Process:

You can get an application form for this Approval from any Regional or District Office of the Department or you can download one.  After it has been completed, it is submitted to the Department.

When the Department receives an application, staff review it to see if all the required information is on the form, and if the required supporting information has been provided.  If not, the application package is returned with an explanation as to what is missing.

Once an application has been accepted by the Department as complete, the application form and supporting documentation undergo a technical review and evaluation. This is to decide if the activity being proposed meets the legal requirements and policies that are administered by the Department.

If an applicant fails to meet these criteria, staff will tell them which specific criteria have not been met to the satisfaction of the Department.

If an applicant meets all the criteria, the Department will issue an Approval. This Approval will list any terms and conditions to which the applicant must comply. <

Waiting Period:

Initial Approval: 60 business days or less
Renewal: 10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received

Expiry & Renewal:

This Approval is usually valid for 10 years from the date it is issued.  It can be renewed, and the renewal period is usually 10 years from the date it was due to expire.  It is the responsibility of the Approval holder to start the renewal process; no notice is sent by the Department.  The renewal process should be started at least 90 days before the Approval expires.


Salvage Yard Approval and Renewals, per 10-year period: $330.05

Used Oil Collection Facility
Industrial Approval (Category II): $3317.35 - used oil collection facility with storage capacity equal to or greater than 50 000 L
Industrial Approval (Category III): $1326.95 - used oil collection facility with storage capacity of less than 50 000 L

All other Facility Types: No Fee

Related Requirements:

An Environmental Assessment may also be required.See Schedule "A" - Class I and Class II Undertakings of the Environmental Assessment Regulations for further details.

Additional Information:

Salvage Facility Standard

Salvage Yard Guidelines (For Reference Only)

Guidelines for Storage of Used Oil

Contingency Planning Guidelines

Legislative Authority:

The Environment Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95, Chapter 1, Activities Designation Regulations, Used Oil Regulations and Dangerous Goods Management Regulations

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