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 to 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. 
Note: Permits will not be issued until the association inspection of your salon is completed.


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.

Registration Check List
Fill out this form, and attach all other required documentation

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.


$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. Opening a Salon - Effective October 15, 2018 new Policy requirements.

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

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE


Hours of Operation
Closed holidays & Christmas Eve.
Watch for increased hours during December 3 - 31.
8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30
Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
Friday 8:30 - 3:00


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