(Jul. 31/13) The results are in! Nova Scotia’s improved process for issuing and administering liquor licences has made it easier and less costly for licensees to operate. This change, implemented last year, followed years of lobbying by CRFA to reduce red tape for our licensed members.
In January 2012, the province shifted responsibility for liquor licensing to one organization, which streamlined the application process. It also removed the requirement for public hearings on new applications, unless an objection is filed.
These changes are already proving successful. In 2012 – 2013, the average time to secure a new liquor licence in most cases was just 10 days, down from 55 the year before. Where an objection led to a public consultation, the average processing time was 23 days – a reduction of 58 per cent.
This improved licensing process has paid dividends for both businesses and government, while saving taxpayers more than $200,000 a year.