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Nova Scotia Environment

Retailer/Wholesaler Motive Fuel or Fuel Oil Approval

Who Needs This Approval?
Anyone wholesaling or retailing fuel oil or motive fuel in Nova Scotia. That is, anyone who sells a product to a retailer or directly to customers, or keeps it for sale to retailers. Fuel Oil is a petroleum product, such as stove oil, furnace oil, bunker or heavy fuel, used for generating heat or electrical power but does not include kerosene, propane and natural gas. Motive Fuel is a petroleum product, including gasoline and diesel oil, that is used to power a vehicle, aircraft or vessel, but does not include kerosene.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Environment
Where can you get this Approval and / or further information?
Any Regional or District Office of Nova Scotia Environment
Application Forms & Process:

You can get an application form for this Approval by downloading a copy by clicking here or from any Regional or District Office of Nova Scotia Environment. After completing the form, submit it, all required documentation and the appropriate fee to the above address or applications can be accepted at any Departmental office.

The application is reviewed to ensure that all required information and fees are provided. Applications missing information and/or fees will not be processed and the applicant will be contacted to provide what is required.

New Approvals: When the application is complete, the Approval will be issued. There is no requirement for an inspection.

Transfers of Operator/Property Ownership/Company Name Change: Approvals are issued in the name of the operating company/person of an outlet. An application must be submitted if the approval is to be transferred to a new operator/owner. The application form is the same and, provided all required documentation and fees are submitted, a transfer will be issued. There is no requirement for an inspection.

Applications which have had no follow up in 12 months will expire.

Waiting Period:
60 days or less, provided that all requirements for an application have been met.
Expiry & Renewal:
This approval is valid until 12 months from the effective date. It must be renewed annually. It is the responsibility of the approval holder to contact Nova Scotia Environment before it expires; a notice of renewal may not be sent out by the department.

Annual volumes sold must be reported with renewal form in order for renewal to be processed.

A renewal form may be obtained by clicking here.
Contact Nova Scotia Environment at any Regional or District Office or Fee Regulation here.
Related Requirements:
Some or all of the following approvals and permits may be required:
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Environment Act, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95 Chapter 1, Motive Fuel and Fuel Oil Approval Regulations, Petroleum Management Regulations, Fee Regulations, and Activities Designation Regulations.

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