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Cemetery and Funeral Services Company Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Any company which wants to sell cemetery lots Pre-Need Cemetery Plan and/or Pre-arranged Funeral Services Plans in Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Application and / or further information?
Contact: Business Licensing Section
Service Nova Scotia
  Telephone: 902-424-5200 (in metro)
  Toll-free: 1-800-670-4357 (within Nova Scotia)
Visit: By Appointment Only - 902-424-5552
Application Forms & Process:
With this Licence, there are two different ways to submit your application form:

A) You can send in a hard copy. You can get a form by:
       (1) downloading Cemetery and Cemetery Sales New Application or Prearranged Funeral Services Salesperson New Application from our website; 
       (2) visiting any Access Nova Scotia Centre; or 
       (3) calling the office listed above. 

B) You can fill it out online. To do this, you must be able to pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express Credit Card. We cannot accept any form of Debit cards at this time. 

If you wish to apply online, click here. Before you begin, make sure you have at hand the information listed below! 

Regardless of the process used to apply for this licence, permit, registration or certificate, you must send in the signed original application containing your signature in ink. If a signed copy is not submitted, you will be requested to do so which may lead to a delay in the issuance process.

  • Details are required if the applicant or any partner, officer or director has




  • had a business licence
  • had a licence refused, suspended or revoked
  • been involved in a personal or corporate bankruptcy
  • unpaid judgments outstanding
  • been convicted of a offence under the law and not been pardoned
  • Name, address and date of birth for the applicant, partners and officers
  • Three year employment history for the applicant, partners and officers

Along with the completed application, applicants must submit:

1) a surety bond;
2) a copy of an irrevocable perpetual care fund trust agreement, for approval (for the sale of cemetery lots only);
3) a copy of the prepaid funeral deposit trust agreement held at a Canadian bank, trust company or credit union;
4) a copy of the pre-need purchase agreement for the sale of cemetery goods and services; and/or;
5) a copy of the pre-arranged purchase agreement for the sale of funeral goods and services, for approval;
6) a plan of the cemetery (for the sale of cemetery lots only);
7) Application Fee. (See price below)

Note:  An inspection of the funeral home and/or cemetery is also part of the licensing process.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be mailed to the applicant.

Waiting Period:
10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)
Expiry & Renewal:
This licence is valid for 1 year from the end of the month in which it was issued.  It can be renewed; the Department will send out a renewal 45 days notice before it expires.
Price: (No tax is charged)
Company:  $66.00

If you send in an application form, payment is by Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, cheque, or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.

If you apply online, payment is by Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card, cheque, or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance. No debit cards are accepted at this time.

Related Requirements:
The business must be registered with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies .
Additional Information:
Who is regulated under the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act?
Companies and their employees who sell funeral or cemetery goods and services for which payment in full is made prior to actually using the purchased items by a person alive at the time the contract was signed.  Companies which sell cemetery lots are also regulated under this Act.

What is regulated?
The sale of:

  1. Pre-arranged Funeral Plans -- the sale of funeral goods or services which includes the merchandise and/or services normally provided by a funeral home in the care and preparation of human remains for final disposition;

  2. Pre-need Cemetery Plans -- the sale of goods and services to be supplied by a cemetery or crematorium in conjunction with the burial or cremation of human remains, to a person alive at the time of sale for use in the future; and

  3. Cemetery Lots -- lots and niches sold by a cemetery for the burial of human remains or cremated human remains.

Exemptions:  Cemeteries owned by a city, town, municipality,  district or church or any cemetery not formed for the purpose of gain or profit are exempt, unless they contain 1,500 or more lots, in which case they are exempt only from the licensing and lot plan requirements.

Legislative Authority:
The Cemetery and Funeral Services Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 62

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