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Department of Natural Resources

Fur Buyer Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone in Nova Scotia who wants to engage in the business of buying and selling skins or pelts of furbearing animals and / or bear parts.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

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

Service Delivery Division
Business Registration Unit
Service Nova Scotia

Tel: 902-424-4821
Fax: 902-424-4633

Office Location:
Maritime Centre
9th Floor, Reception Area
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1529
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4
NOTE: The Maritime Centre is located at the intersection of Barrington Street and Spring Garden Road (the Aliant Building at the foot of Spring Garden).

Application Forms & Process:
Application can be made in person at the address above or by completing the form below and submitting by fax, email or in person. Applicants will be notified by Department of Natural Resources staff if application is approved.

Waiting Period:
Same day.

Expiry & Renewal:
This licence is valid for one year; from April 1st to March 31st and may be renewed. Renewal notices are generally sent via email.

Price:
Initial Application or Annual Renewal: $31.17 plus HST
Related Requirements:
  1. Valid N.S.Wildlife Resources Card;

  2. If any fur buyer wants to ship furs out of the province, a Wildlife Export Permit from the N.S. Department of Natural Resources is required.

Additional Information:
  1. Fur buyers must keep specified records to account for all purchases, sales and inventory of pelts and skins.

  2. Fur buyers may only buy fur from fur harvesters possessing valid Nova Scotia licences and permits, or licenced bear hunters.

  3. A licenced fur buyer does not require a separate Fur Retention Permit .
Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 46

Fur Buyers, Hide Dealers and Taxidermist Regulations




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