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On-Highway Event Permit: Fun Run, Road Race, Walkathon, Parade, Etc.

Who Needs This Permit?
  Anyone who wants to plan a special on-highway event on a public highway in Nova Scotia. Such events include:
  1. fun runs;

  2. road races;

  3. walkathons;

  4. bikathons;

  5. relay runs;

  6. parades; and

  7. processions.

  This permit from the Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is required for all events planned OUTSIDE the boundaries of incorporated Towns and the urban core of the Regional Municipalities.

Note: If an event is planned INSIDE a Town or the urban core of a Regional Municipality, you get the permit you need directly from the Traffic Authority in that Town or Regional Municipality office.

See the lists of Towns, Counties, Districts and Regional Municipalities linked to this directory, or on the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Website, located at:
Issuing Department / Agency:
  N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Where can you get this Permit and / or further information?
  District Traffic Supervisor or Authority
District and Area Office
N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
For Information Contact:

Central Region -- which includes Halifax Regional Municipality (outside urban core) and Hants County:
District Traffic Supervisor
District Office: 424-5328
Fax: 424-7024
For the urban core, contact:
Traffic Authority
Halifax Regional Municipality

Western Region -- which includes Lunenburg, Regional Municipality of Queens (outside Liverpool), Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, and Kings County:
District Traffic Supervisor, Joe Crowell
Fax: 543-5596

Northern Region -- which includes Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou Counties:
District Traffic Supervisor, Rob Billard
Fax: 902-893-8175
District Office: 893-5780

Eastern Region -- which includes Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria Counties and Cape Breton Regional Municipality (outside urban core):
District Traffic Supervisor, Bernie Murphy
District Office: 563-2255
For the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, contact:
Chief Edgar MacLeod
Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Application Forms & Process:
  An application form can be obtained from any N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (See Regional Offices: N.S. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.). When completed, it is mailed or faxed to the District Traffic Authority, who is responsible for the County in which the event will happen, for processing.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the permit will be sent to the applicant by mail. If application refused, the applicant will be notified by telephone or letter to explain the reasons for the refusal.

Note: Permit applications are available at all the above locations, however, submission of the applications must be made to the appropriate District Traffic Authority.
Waiting Period:
  10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
  This permit is valid for the period of time shown on the permit, normally 2 weeks. It is not renewable.
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
  Each on-highway event permit contains stipulated conditions that govern the conduct of the event. These conditions are stipulated on the reverse side of the permit application form. Conditions differ from event to event. An individual or group sponsoring an on-highway event should familiarize themselves with the stipulated conditions in the interests of safety for all participants.
Legislative Authority:
  Motor Vehicle Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 293

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