Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Disposal System (SDS) permits are issued to the larger feedlots in Minnesota for construction and operation.
Permit applications. The MPCA is in the process of developing an online permit application system. The permit application form has been removed, anticipating that the online system becomes available in September 2021.
If activities at a feedlot require NPDES or SDS permit issuance or modification prior to the online permit application being available, an application form must be requested from regional MPCA feedlot staff via email.
For those sites seeking re-issuance of NPDES permit coverage under the 2021-2026 general NPDES permit, or switching to SDS permit coverage, please refer to the 2021 NPDES general permit web page.
Manure management plan forms
- Spreadsheet - MPCA Manure Management Planner (wq-f6-12) Note: You must save this file to your computer for it to work correctly.
- MPCA Manure Management Planner (paper version) (wq-f6-12a)
- Manure management plan requirements for transferred ownership
- 2021-2026 General NPDES Permit MNG440000 (wq-f3-58)
- 2015-2025 Feedlot General SDS Permit (wq-f3-52) Note: The NPDES permit contains all conditions of the SDS permit.
- 2021 NPDES general permit online application in development
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.
- Construction stormwater: All feedlot construction activities that disturb one or more acres must comply with construction stormwater regulations, including the preparation of a stormwater pollution prevention plan. When feedlot construction activity will disturb 5 or more acres, the owner must apply for a construction stormwater permit, unless the feedlot has obtained coverage under a feedlot NPDES permit.
- A water use (appropriation) permit from the DNR is required for all users withdrawing more than 10,000 gallons of water per day or 1 million gallons per year.
- Local ordinances regulating livestock in Minnesota (Minn. Dept. of Agriculture) has links to individual county feedlot ordinances.
Other forms and information
- Completing an NPDES/SDS feedlot permit application (wq-f3-06)
- Modification of NPDES and SDS feedlot permits (wq-f3-49)
- Minor modification of an NPDES or SDS Permit (wq-f8-51)
- Emergency Winter Application Areas (wq-f6-10)
- Facility ownership or name change for permitted feedlots (wq-f3-27)
- Multiple site determination for NPDES and SDS feedlot permits (wq-f6-63)
- NPDES and SDS permits for feedlots (wq-f3-48): Factsheet explaining the differences between NPDES and SDS permits
- Annual report form: Animal feedlot or manure storage annual report (wq-f3-22b) — Due March 1 each year
- Termination form: Permit holders must now use e-services to terminate permit coverage
- Water Line Inspection Log Sheet
- Storage and Containment Structure: Weekly inspections Log sheet
- Weekly Stormwater Management Structure Inspections Log Sheet
- 2021 Feedlot Inspection Records calendar (wq-f5-21)
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”