N.S. orders permits for wine, beer kit retailers

Retailers who sell beer and wine kits in Nova Scotia will immediately need a permit from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation to do so.

The province announced Friday that a recent Provincial Court decision has found the sale of wine- and beer-making kits to essentially be the sale of liquor under the provincial Liquor Control Act.

Permits will be valid for an initial term expiring on Dec. 31, 2010, and will be issued annually after that, the province said.

Permits will cost $15 each, which the province said will cover the cost of issuing and maintaining the permit process. 

Retailers with more than one outlet need just a single permit for all their stores, but must specify on the application the locations where these products are sold. 

NLSC, which itself is the largest single-banner retail business operating in the province, operating over 100 provincial liquor stores and distributing to over 2,100 licensed vendors, said it’s implementing the permit program “to ensure that retailers conform” to the Liquor Control Act.

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