Inspection and Licensing

In today’s competitive and economically challenging environment, it has perhaps never been more important for Nova Scotia’s tourism industry to focus on providing a quality experience for our visitors. Tourism Nova Scotia is committed to supporting and promoting quality tourist accommodations.

Accommodation operators wishing to participate in Tourism marketing and partnership programs are required to have a valid licence under the Tourist Accommodations Act and must demonstrate quality by participating in one of three currently recognized quality accommodation programs.

On this site, you will find details on requirements to be included in Tourism marketing and partnership programs. We have also established a toll-free number, 1-877-424-5173, to provide further information.

Quality Assurance staff will be pleased to answer questions and help you ensure your property remains eligible to participate in Tourism programs.

We look forward to working in continued partnership with tourist accommodation operators to ensure the highest quality experience for our visitors.

Inspection and Licensing:

Accommodation Inspection and Licencing

This section outlines information pertaining to licensing of new fixed roof and campground accommodations in Nova Scotia. We are pleased to be able to assist you in the planning and developing of your accommodation by providing this necessary information.

This information is written for potential accommodation operators. The links listed above contain everything you need to know regarding the inspection and licensing process for fixed roof and campground accommodations in Nova Scotia.

The tourist accommodation application deadline has passed for new accommodations to be included in the 2016 Doers and Dreamers Guide. However, your accommodation may be listed on at any time, after you have received a tourist accommodation licence to operate and have met the requirements from one of the three recognized quality programs mentioned above.

Remember, an inspection must take place and a licence approved prior to your business opening.

After you have read all of the information and determined you have met the requirements of the Tourist Accommodations Act and Regulations and all other appropriate authorities, you may submit a completed licence application.

Ensure that construction approvals are received by you from all appropriate authorities, such as but not limited to the ones listed on the Pre-License Check List. The local Building Inspector and Deputy Fire Marshal/Municipal Fire Inspector may need to review your plans.

Approximately one month after receipt of all documents, an inspection from the Tourism Nova Scotia will be conducted. Please contact Janette Wallace, Quality Assurance Officer at 902-424-1194 or to arrange a convenient time for an inspection.