The NSLC is responsible for beverage alcohol permits for local manufacturers, manufacturing companies and other general permits. To direct you through the process of obtaining a permit, we have created specific permits for specific situations. Please review the options below and choose the type of permit that meets your requirements. If you need additional information, please contact Carol Andrews (Carol.Andrews@myNSLC.com).
Special Occasion Licenses
Events where alcohol will be available to the public, including weddings, parties and community events, require a Special Occasion License that can be obtained from the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division (AGFT). Requests for a Special Occasion License should be made directly to the AGFT at (902) 424-6160 or via their website.
Information Brochure on Special Occasion Licenses
Special Occasion License Application
Special Occasion License Q&A
A general permit covers situations where beverage alcohol is used for medicinal and health purposes, flavouring condiments in food preparation, and for specially designated religious ceremonies. These activities require one of the following NSLC permits:
Food Industry & Food Manufacturers
Mechanical & Scientific
Please complete an online application to request a general permit. If you need assistance completing the online form please refer to our NSLC Permits How-to Guide.
We have partnered with Service Nova Scotia to administer registered representative permits. Service Nova Scotia uses its processes and technology at the Nova Scotia Business Registry to streamline the registration process and to administer all aspects of the renewal process including reminders, payments and permit preparation. The NSLC is in control of the permits under the Liquor Control Act and is responsible for the review and approval of new applications and renewals.
To apply for a Registered Representative Permit or to renew an existing permit, please visit Service Nova Scotia. Once on the Service Nova Scotia site, please select “Licenses, Permits and Applications”. Next, use the keyword NSLC and select your municipality. This will take you to a new page where you can click the “Complete Form Online.
Manufacturers and Suppliers operating in Nova Scotia must be registered with the NSLC. This includes special operations such as private retail stores, hospitality rooms, warehousing and the manufacturing sites.
Permits can be obtained online or by contacting Carol Andrews at (902) 450-5914 during business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Apply for a permit online and visit our How-to Guide for detailed instructions on how to complete your application.
If you are interested in setting up a brew pub in Nova Scotia, please use the Brew Pub Checklist as a guideline of the requirements. All products brewed at the brew-pub can be sold only on premise and cannot be sold to licensees or exported.
If you are interested in setting up a craft distillery in Nova Scotia, please use the Craft Distillery Checklist as a guideline to ensure that you meet the requirements.
If you are interested in setting up a farm winery in Nova Scotia please use the Farm Winery Checklist as a guideline to ensure that your application meets the requirements.
Micro Brewery Requirements
If you are interested in setting up a microbrewery in Nova Scotia, please follow the Micro Brewery Checklist as a guideline to ensure that you meet the requirements.
Liquor Representative Requirements
If you are interested in representing beverage alcohol products in Nova Scotia, please follow the Liquor Representative Checklist to ensure that you meet the requirements.
If you plan to open a farm winery, distillery or micro brewery in Nova Scotia and would like to sell your product at the facility location, you will need to ensure the facility is located in a wet area (where beverage alcohol sales are legal) of Nova Scotia. If your location is in a dry area (beverage alcohol sales are illegal), you will need to conduct a plebiscite. Please use the Plebiscite Checklist to determine the procedures required for a plebiscite.
International Private Importations of Liquor
The CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) requires specific information to import liquor into Canada. Please click HERE for information related shipping, documentation, permitted amounts and associated amounts and more.
International Private Importations Form
If you want to import beverage alcohol from outside of Canada into Nova Scotia and the amount exceeds the legal allowance, please consult the International Private Importations Form for guidelines, fees and other important information.
Inter-Provincial Travel – Personal Import Information
Importations of beverage alcohol will be permitted under certain conditions for residents of Nova Scotia returning from another Canadian location.
Nova Scotia Residents returning home from travel within Canada may have reasonable quantities of liquor obtained elsewhere in Canada for personal use accompany them on their person without penalty. For this purpose, “reasonable quantities” are defined as:
Wine: 9 litres
Beer: 24 litres
Spirits: 3 litres
Amounts in excess of these limits shall not be permitted and should be obtained via the NSLC Special Order Process
Contact the Permits Office
Permits and Regulatory Affairs
Phone: (902) 450-5914
93 Chain Lake Drive
Bayers Lake, Halifax NS