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Service Nova Scotia - Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division

Games of Chance Lottery Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
1) Any charitable or religious organization wanting to raise funds by offering games of chance and,

2) Commercial carnivals who operate games of chance.
Issuing Department / Agency:
  Service Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Phone: 902-424-6160 [Dartmouth Office]
902-563-3495 [Sydney Office]
1-877-565-0556 (toll-free in Nova Scotia)
Note:  If you call after normal business hours, your call will be returned the next day.
Office Locations:

Dartmouth location:
780 Windmill Road
2nd Floor
Dartmouth, NS
Fax: 902-424-4942

Sydney location:
1030 Upper Prince Street
Sydney, NS
Fax: 902-563-3430

Hours: (Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
E-mail: Licensing & Registration:
Investigation & Enforcement:
Write: Licensing Section
Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division
P.O. Box 545
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y8
Application Forms & Process:
To get an application form:
1)  Download: Application Form: Download Application for Games of Chance License - Charitable
Application Form: Download Application for Games of Chance License - Commercial
Other materials which may be of interest include:
Games of Chance Report;
Carnival and Charitable Gaming Regulations
Please note:  These forms are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which requires the FREE Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. If you do not have the Reader, you can download the program FREE of charge.
2)  Or  phone, visit, write or e-mail one of the contact sources listed above:

The appropriate application kit will be supplied by mail, or may be picked up by the applicant.

The completed application form can be mailed, faxed or brought to the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division office (see addresses above).

The application is reviewed by staff to ensure that it is completed in its entirety. The applicant is mailed a lottery licence indicating the dates, times and location of operation of the Games of Chance Lottery.
Waiting Period:
10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry :
This licence is valid for the period as stated on the license. It is not renewable. The licence holder must submit a new application for each separate lottery fundraising program they intend to operate.
Price:  (No tax is charged)
1) For games of chance offering merchandise prizes: No Fee

2) For games of chance operated by a charitable or religious organization offering a cash prize: $12.05 per game per day

3) For games of chance operated by a commercial carnival offering a cash prize; $12.05. Per game per day Bingo, cash or merchandise prizes, $6.05 per game per day;

4) "Casino" or "Monte Carlo" events: Fee: $30.15 per day
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Games of Chance Lotteries can only be operated during the dates, times and at the location stipulated on the licence. The licence is in force only for the period stated on the licence.

The Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division can issue a Games of Chance licence to an applicant to operate a "casino" or "monte carlo" night. Cash casinos are not permitted and the applicant must ensure "play money" or "chips" are used at the gaming tables and wheels. At the conclusion of the event, an auction must be held to dispose of merchandise prizes or participants may purchase tickets with their "play money" or "chips", which are then placed in a drum for a draw for merchandise prizes. It is not permissible for anyone at anytime to exchange their "play money" or "chips" for official currency.
Legislative Authority:
The Gaming Control Act, Carnival and Charitable Gaming Regulations, Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1994-95, Chapter 4

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