How to Get a Halifax Business Licence

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, accounting, or tax advice. The information contained herein is subject to change and may vary from time to time in your region. For specific advice applicable to your business, please contact a professional.

For Halifax to issue you a business licence, you’ll have to meet certain city and provincial requirements. If you run a specialized business, like in the health or wellness sector, you may have to follow additional rules. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Applying for a Business Licence in Halifax

You can apply for a Halifax business licence in person or online. To apply online, you’ll need to create an account on the City of Halifax website. Once you create your account, you’ll be taken to the Customer Portal where you can find all the information required to apply for your business licence. Most information regarding Halifax business licences is hidden behind this wall.

Once you fill out your application for licences, permits, or a combination of both, submit it to the city online or in person with the required fees and supporting documentation. Generally, the city advises you to apply online for faster processing.

Business Types in Halifax

Halifax issues licences for several business types. These fall into various general categories. Without first creating your Halifax account, it’s not possible to view the intricacies of doing business in Halifax. As with most businesses in Canada, you will also have to register with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), as well as with Nova Scotia.

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Special Permits for Special Types of Businesses

When you apply, it’s worth noting that some businesses may require additional permits. These may be federal, provincial, or municipal regulations surrounding the business’s activity. A few examples include:

  • Cannabis retail stores
  • Liquor-serving establishments
  • Trades and construction
  • Casino or bingo facilities
  • Rental properties
  • Vehicles for hire

To find out if you might have to provide additional documentation to run your business, contact the City of Halifax.


General fees for setting up a business in Halifax, Nova Scotia, vary depending on your business. Contact the City of Halifax for more information or visit the Access Nova Scotia page.

Prohibited Halifax, NS Businesses

Certain businesses or industries may be prohibited within the municipal limits of Halifax or in Nova Scotia. Contact the City of Halifax or visit Access Nova Scotia for more information. If your business type is on the list of businesses not allowed a licence or permit, Halifax may not grant permission for your business.