(Jan. 30/12) CRFA action has made it easier for Nova Scotia businesses to apply for a liquor licence.
Recent amendments to the Liquor Control Act now make the Alcohol and Gaming Authority (AGA) solely responsible for granting and enforcing liquor licences. Previously, all licence changes and recommendations by the AGA needed the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s (NSUARB’s) final approval – causing long delays and additional costs for licensees.
Standard public hearings nixed
Licensees also no longer need to go through a public hearing process before licence approval – this requirement had led to delays and extra costs, and was usually unnecessary as licence objections were rare. Now, hearings are only required if written objection is received.
Additionally, licence applicants no longer need be a Canadian resident or citizen.