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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Game Farm Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to keep, rear and sell wildlife species (other than deer, elk or furbearing animals).

Note: The farming of elk, deer and furbearing animals is covered by other licences administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Stephanie Patriquin
Agricultural Protection
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Tel: 902-893-6540
Fax: 902-895-6684
Office Location and Mailing Address:
Hancook Building
65 River Road
Truro, NS B2N 2P3

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 890, Hancock Bldg.
Truro, NS B2N 5G6
Application Forms & Process:
An application form can be obtained from the address above or novascotia.ca/agri/mink. The application form is to be completed and returned to the Department of Agriculture along with the appropriate fee.
Waiting Period:
Up to 10 business days
provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
This licence is valid for 1 year from the date it is issued.  It can be renewed, and the Department will send out a renewal notice before it expires.
Price: (HST is charged)
Initial Application:  $120.96 plus HST
Annual Renewal:  $12.09 plus HST
Please pay by cheque or money order made out to the Minister of Finance.
Related Requirements:
  1. Health certification of animals specific to the species in question;

  2. Housing facilities for the animals must be approved by staff of the Department;

  3. Applicants should check with their municipality to be sure that the area is properly zoned.
Additional Information:
  1. For elk and deer, see Deer Farming Licence, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

  2. For fur-bearing animals, see Fur Farming Licence, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

  3. This licence does not include hunting preserves.

  4. Wildlife Import Permit and Wildlife Export Permit (except for pheasants and quail from a certified disease free hatchery) are administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources .

  5. Captive Wildlife Permits are also issued by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 49



Last Updated: April 2015
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