There are many steps involved in opening a mobile salon or spa, and the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia is here to help prepare members to achieve business success. The secret is getting started… but where do you start?
Cosmetology business permits are compulsory by law and are issued by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia to every salon and spa (commercial, home-based or mobile). The Association must be in receipt of applicable forms and prescribed fees prior to issuing a mobile permit. Permits must be renewed no later than December 31st of each calendar year. Please read the following information below carefully to properly apply for and register your mobile salon/spa with the Association.
Cosmetologists providing services to the public for fee, gain, or expectation of reward or remuneration must hold a valid and current licence in their scope of practice. Licences and permits must be displayed in a location visible to the public at all times. Mobile salon/spas must also be in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety standards, which can be viewed at www.novascotia.ca/lae/healthandsafety/.
The Association may ask for proof that a business owner has fulfilled all other requirements to operate a mobile business before application approval, such as compliance with the following listed below:
- Registry of Joint Stock Companies - Individuals or partners using only their personal names without a descriptive element or attachment are not required to register with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies. Please click here for more information.
- Binder Letter - An Insurance Binder is a temporary document issued by an authorized insurance representative that serves as proof of insurance for your business. An Insurance Binder is subject to all the terms and conditions of the pending insurance contact. Please contact your insurance broker for more information.
Business Registration Forms:
Cosmetologist transporting equipment to different locations for the purpose of providing mobile cosmetology services must hold a valid mobile permit to operate.
Listed below are the registration forms necessary to apply for a mobile permit.
To apply for a permit to operate a mobile salon/spa, owners are required to fill out the Mobile Registration Forms which includes (checklist, Schedule C, and Schedule A-4). All forms are required to be filled and signed; ensuring all other requested documents listed in the checklist are attached when submitting an application.
*All documentation and prescribed fee(s) must be received in order to release a permit to operate.
Registration & Permits Fees
$250 +HST Registration Fee: This one-time Salon/Spa Proprietor Application/Registration Fee.
Permit Fee: This fee is renewed on or before December 31st of each calendar year.
- 1 Person = Mobile Licence (1) 70.00 + HST
Once the business registration process is completed, you will be issued a Temporary Permit pending 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 start. The Association is aware mobile business hours and location may vary, please provide the Association with your current business hours to ensure a prompt inspection. Upon a successful inspection, the inspector will provide you with your valid permit to operate.
Adding a mobile permit to an existing cosmetology establishment
Current salon/spa owners looking to add mobile service to their existing salon/spa are required to apply for a permit to operate a mobile salon/spa for each cosmetologist providing mobile services. Owners are required to fill out the Mobile Registration Forms, which includes (checklist, Schedule C, and Schedule A-4). All forms are required to be filled and signed; ensuring all other requested documents listed in the checklist are attached when submitting an application. Once the Association is in receipt of forms and prescribed fee(s) outlined in Schedule B a Temporary Mobile Permit will be issued and inspection of your mobile kit will be arranged. Upon a successful inspection, the inspector will provide you with your valid mobile permit to operate.
For more information regarding inspections, please refer to the Salon & Spa Compliance Handbook.
Salon & Spa Closure
Individuals no longer operating a cosmetology establishment are required to notify the Association in writing (email accepted) of such closure and request that the corresponding account/membership with the Association be discontinued. Please click here to submit a request.
Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing all applications.