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

Place of Amusement Licence: Arcade

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who intends to operate an arcade where games for amusement are played in Nova Scotia.
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:  Amusement Form
    Other materials which may be of interest include: 
    Theatres and Amusements Act
    Theatres and Amusements 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. After review by staff, the applicant is issued the appropriate Place of Amusement Licence or notified of its denial.
Waiting Period:
3 to 5 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
This license is valid for 3 years. The renewal process is started by the Division, which will send a renewal form to the license holder before the current license expires.
Price: (No tax is charged)
$289.95 (3 year term)
Related Requirements:
  1. Service Nova Scotia - Fire Marshal Clearance or Halifax Regional Fire Inspection Services Clearance. Update fire clearance is required every three years.
  2. CSA (Canadian Standards Association) Approval of Machines
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Theatres and Amusements Act, Theatres and Amusements Regulations, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 466

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