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There are many steps involved in opening a salon or spa, and the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia is here to help prepare members achieve business success. The secret is getting started… but where do you start?!

First, let’s address zoning laws. Areas of land are divided into zones with which various uses are permitted. Make sure your space (commercial, home-based or mobile) is a zone in which business may be conducted. Secondly, law requires all businesses operating in Nova Scotia to register with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies; except businesses named after an owner’s first and last name without a descriptive element. The Association requires your Joint Stock number on file, so please be prepared to provide it.

Lastly, cosmetology business permits are compulsory by Nova Scotia law, and must be issued by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia in every salon and spa (commercial, home-based or mobile.) Permits must be renewed no later than December 31st of each calendar year. The Association must be in receipt of applicable forms and prescribed fees prior to issuing a salon or spa permit. Please read the following information carefully to properly apply for and register your salon or spa with the Association.

Forms

Listed below are the registration forms necessary to apply for a cosmetology establishment permit. Please click on the appropriate link to access the form you require. Send completed forms and prescribed fee(s) to the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia for approval.

Business Owner Agreement
All new business owners must fill out this form in its completion

Business Permit Registration
Fill out this form if you are opening a commercial or home-based salon/spa, along with the Business Owner Agreement

Mobile Salon/Spa Permit Registration
Fill out this form if you are opeing a mobile salon/spa, along with the Business Owner Agreement.


F
ees

$250 +HST Registration Fee: This one-time administration fee includes a salon’s primary inspection. The goal of coordinating a first- time inspection between the Association and a salon is to equip business owners with everything they will need to succeed and operate safely from the get-go.

Permit Fee: This fee is renewed on or before December 31st of each calendar year. The type of permit for which you apply depends on the number of Cosmetologists working at your salon:
1 Person = Apply for a Salon Licence (1) 70.00 +HST
Up to 5 = Apply for a Salon Licence (2-5) 80.00+HST
Up to 10 = Apply for a Salon Licence (6-10) 115.00 +HST
Over 11 = Apply for a Salon Licence (11+) 140.00 +HST

Salon Compliance Handbook
This comprehensive handbook outlines salon/spa guidelines, provides inspection checklists, and offers sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization education for cosmetology best practice. We encourage you to carefully read this document, as it will assist you in future salon/spa success

Please contact the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia for further information regarding the Nova Scotia cosmetology business registration process. Phone: (902) 468.6477 or email: info@nscosmetology.ca
Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3S 1A2
Office: (902) 468.6477
Fax: (902) 468.7147
Toll Free: (800) 765.8757
General Inquiries
info@nscosmetology.ca
Dana Sharkey, Executive Director CAE
dana@nscosmetology.ca
Robert Samson, Compliance Officer
robert@nscosmetology.ca

Hours of Operation
Mon. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tues. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wed. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thurs. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Fri. 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Schools

Academy of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
363 Windmill Road, Dartmouth

Cape Breton Business College
Hair, Esthetics
93 Johnston Street, Sydney

CBBC - Halifax
Hair, Esthetics
1046 Barrington Street, Halifax
Eastern College
Makeup Artistry
7067 Chebucto Road, Halifax

Eastern Esthetics
Nail Technology, Hair Removal
19 Crane Lake Drive, Halifax

Hair Design Centre
Hair, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry
278 Lacewood Drive, Halifax
Hair Masters
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
26 Archibald Ave., North Sydney

Elevate Beauty Institute of Cosmetology
Hair, Esthetics, Nail Technology
77 Crescent Drive, New Minas

NSCC Annapolis Campus
Hairdressing
50 Elliott Road, Middleton
NSCC Burridge Campus
Hair, Esthetics
372 Pleasant Street, Yarmouth

NSCC Marconi Campus
Hairdressing
1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney

NSCC Pictou Campus
Hairdressing
39 Acadia Avenue, Stellarton