License Minnesota

Feedlot NPDES and Feedlot SDS Permits (General and Individual)

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

Agency contact information:

Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Minnesota
520 Lafayette Rd. N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-6300 or (800) 657-3864
Feedlot Program
(651) 296-6300 | (800) 657-3938


Minnesota Pollution Control Agency  
Feedlot Program

MPCA Online Services

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is responsible for administering environmental permitting, compliance/enforcement, remediation and outreach programs to help Minnesota protect its environment.


Minn. Stats. 116.07


MINNESOTA RULES Permit Rules - 7001.0020 and 7020.0405

MINNESOTA RULES Technical Rules - 7020.2000 - 7020.2225, 7009.0180


NPDES/SDS Permit Application for Animal Feedlot or Manure Storage Area

Land Application Agreement, Additional Manure Storage Area

Attachment Form for Permit Transfer/Name Change, if needed.

Manure Management Plan

Air Emissions Plan

Emergency Response Plan

Annual Summary Report

Design Plan and specifications

Operation and Maintenance Plan

Annual Mortality Plan 

Application forms are available on the MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) website, Feedlot Program section at Feedlot Permit Information and Application Forms.


The General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)/State Disposal System (SDS) Feedlot Permit is intended for feedlots that are large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFOs) that are required by federal rule to apply for an NPDES permit.

The General State Disposal System (SDS) feedlot permit is intended for feedlots capable of holding 1,000 or more animal units, as defined in Minn. Rules 7020.0300, subpart 5, or a manure storage area capable of of storing the manure generated by 1,000 animal units.

Contact MPCA Feedlot Program for details.
The requirements are dependent on the nature and complexity of the applicant's facility.

Refer also to: MPCA Public Notices and Draft Permits  (Note: this link goes to the MPCA Public Notice page. There may or may not be feedlot-related public notices available in the current listing of public notices. Feedlot listings will include the term “CAFO.”)


Application fee for General Permit - $620

Application fee for Individual Permit - $1,860

Annual fee for General Permit - $345

Annual fee for Individual Permit - $1,230

Period of Issuance:

NPDES Permit: Five years.

SDS Permits: 10 years.

Length of Determination Process:

Depends on the complexity of the permit.

Other Pertinent Information:

An NPDES permit is required for the construction or operation of a CAFO as required by federal law. An SDS permit is required for the construction or operation of a feedlot capable of holding 1,000 or more animal units, or a manure storage are capable of holding 1,000 or more animal units, or a manure storage area capable of storing the manure generated by 1,000 animal units as required by state law. Individual NPDES or SDS Permits are issued for facilities using new technology, have compliance issues, or otherwise do not qualify for a General NPDES or SDS Permit. Most facilities are expected to qualify for the General NPDES or SDS Permit.

County Board may not assume responsibility for processing NPDES applications for animal feedlot permits as authorized by Minn. Stat. § 116.07, subd. 7. The provisions of this cooperative effort are contained in Minn. Rules 7020.1600.

Other related permits would include stormwater and local zoning or conditional use permits.