NPDES and SDS permits

Large dairy feedlotFederal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Disposal System (SDS) permits are issued to the larger feedlots in Minnesota for construction and operation.

Application forms

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Permit applications. The MPCA is in the process of developing an online permit application system and has removed the permit application form in anticipation of the online system being available in late 2020. If activities at a feedlot require NPDES or SDS permit issuance or modification, e-mail George Schwint to request an application form: george.schwint@state.mn.us.

For those sites seeking coverage under the 2021-2026 general NPDES permit please refer to: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/2021-npdes-general-permit

Manure management plan forms

General permit

What other permits may be required?

This may not be a complete list of all required permits. Contact the MPCA, your county feedlot officer and local zoning officials for information about other possible requirements, such as setbacks from residential areas, other local zoning regulations, and stormwater pollution prevention controls.

Other forms and information

Find forms for manure application recordkeeping on the Land application page

Find construction guidance and location and notification requirements on the Construction, operation, and technical requirements page.

Permit public notices

Prior to issuing coverage under a NPDES or SDS permit, a 30-day public comment period is provided. NPDES and SDS permitting actions open for public comment are available at the link provided below.

Public notices explain:

  • How to submit written comment
  • The MPCA office where the application is being processed
  • How to request a public information meeting or a contested case hearing
  • How to submit a petition to the MPCA Commissioner

MPCA public notices and draft permits are listed during the public comment period. (Note: There may or may not be feedlot-related public notices available in the current listing of public notices. Feedlot listings will include the term “Feedlot”