Special Events

A general guide to hosting a special event in East Hants

Download the Special Events Brochure.

 

Introduction

There are many special events held throughout the  Municipality of East Hants every year. These events are often organized by community groups and volunteers who all greatly enrich our quality of life in East Hants. It is the goal of East Hants Council to provide as much information as possible to these community groups and volunteers to help make their special event a success.

 

What is a Special Event?

The Land Use Bylaw divides Special Events into two different categories, small-scale special events and a large-scale special events.

 

Small-Scale Special Event means an event held outside an  enclosed permanent structure where there is an assembly of less than 1000 persons at any given point in time during the event.  It is a temporary, short-term use of land for the purpose of fundraising, promotional activities, celebrations, or for entertainment or amusement.  The term small-scale special event does not include parades and firework displays.

 

Large-Scale Special Event means an event held outside an enclosed permanent structure where there is an assembly of 1000 persons or more at any given point in time during the event.  It is a temporary, short-term use of land for the purpose of fundraising, promotional activities, celebrations, or for entertainment or amusement.  The term large-scale special event does not include parades and firework displays.

 

When does a Special Event Require a Permit?

The Municipality does not issue permits for organizations or individuals hosting a small-scale special event; however, the host of such an event is still required to obtain all necessary permits and approvals from the Provincial and Federal Government and must adhere to all Municipal Bylaws.

Organizations and individuals looking to host a large-scale special event require a development permit, in addition to receiving all necessary permits and approvals from the Provincial and Federal Government.

 

National Building and Fire Code Requirements

All National Building Code and National Fire Code Requirements must be compiled with when hosting either a small-scale special event or a large-scale special event.  Please contact the Municipal Fire Inspector or Municipal Building Inspector by calling the Municipality of East Hants to discuss your event details.

 

Nova Scotia Agriculture Requirements


A Temporary Event Food Permit is required for the sale of foods at Special Events.  Temporary event food services include a booth or structure erected to provide a food service at exhibitions, fairs, community festivals, or similar organized community activities to a maximum of 15 consecutive days or less per year.

It does not include mobile eating establishments which require a separate permit under the Nova Scotia Food Safety Regulations.

The Food Safety Specialists are available for consultation and welcome the opportunity to provide food handling courses for those involved with food service at temporary events (1-800-279-0825).

The Guidelines for Food Service at Temporary Events and  Temporary Event Food Permit application form can be found on the Nova Scotia Agriculture website www.gov.ns.ca/agri.

 

Service NS: Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division


Anyone who wishes to provide liquor service at a small or large scale special event must apply for a Special Occasion Liquor License from Service NS: Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division. For further information contact 1-877-565-0556.

A letter is required from the Municipal Fire Inspector when applying to serve liquor at a special event. Please contact the Fire Inspector at least 2 weeks prior to the even to ensure your request can be completed.