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.
- NPDES and SDS permits for feedlots (wq-f3-48)
- 2021-2026 Feedlot General NPDES Permit (wq-f3-58)
- 2015-2025 Feedlot General SDS Permit (wq-f3-52)
Note: The NPDES permit contains all conditions of the SDS permit
Applying for a permit
The MPCA no longer accepts paper or email applications for NPDES or SDS permits. This includes applications for issuance, reissuance, and all types of modifications. All NPDES and SDS permit applicants must use the online feedlot permit application service.
Even if you plan to have a consultant prepare your permit application you will need to use the online service to set up an account in order to sign the application.
The MPCA will be hosting virtual demonstrations of the new online permit application service and will also be available to answer your questions about using the service.
Facilities still operating under the 2016-2021 (previous) general NPDES permit
Feedlot owners that had coverage under the previous general NPDES permit were asked to wait to apply for new permit coverage until the MPCA completed development of the online feedlot permit application service. Now that the service is available, owners need to apply for new coverage by September 1, 2022.
Use the link below to access the online feedlot permit application service.
- On-line feedlot permit application service
(Recommended browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Safari.)
- Online feedlot permitting overview (wq-f1-25)
- Applying for a feedlot permit (wq-f3-06)
- Online feedlot permit application service interactive tutorial (wq-f3-60)
Other required forms
As part of the application process you will be asked to upload the below documents to the online permit application service.
If you transfer ALL manure ownership, use this form:
If you transfer NO manure ownership, use this form:
- Spreadsheet - MPCA Manure Management Planner (wq-f6-12)
- You must save this file to your computer for it to work correctly. Does not work on Mac. (v. 8.1)
- You will be required to upload your data file from this tool to the online service.
- More info on the tool and creating a data file: MPCA MMP Spreadsheet User Guide (wq-f6-12b)
If you transfer SOME manure ownership, you must use both of the forms listed above.
- Modification of NPDES and SDS feedlot permits (wq-f3-49)
- Multiple site determination for NPDES and SDS feedlot permits (wq-f6-63)
- Annual report form: Animal feedlot or manure storage annual report (wq-f3-22b) — Due March 1 each year
- e-Service: Permit termination
- Water Line Inspection Log Sheet
- Storage and Containment Structure: Weekly inspections Log sheet
- Weekly Stormwater Management Structure Inspections Log Sheet
- 2022 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”
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.