Confined Feeding Operations

How to Apply

Operators who have questions about how to apply for a permit should contact the nearest Natural Resources Conservation Board field office and ask to speak to an approval officer.

 

Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Agricultural Operation, Part 2 Matters Regulation set out when an approval, registration or authorization permit is required. Schedule 2 of the regulation (see table below) sets out the threshold levels by type of livestock for approvals and registrations. For assistance interpreting Schedule 2, please contact an NRCB approval officer.

Part 1 Application

The Part 1 application provides notice of the operator’s intent to expand or construct a new facility. The Part 1 application is a public document and is posted on the NRCB website (under Notice of Applications) until the deadline for statements of concern. A copy is provided to the local municipality. Members of the public may also ask to view the Part 1 application by contacting the NRCB. The Part 1 application also remains accessible through the search engine for permit applications and decisions issued.

 

Minimum distance separation (MDS)

The NRCB calculates the minimum distance separation (MDS) for the application as of the date the Part 1 application is received. When the MDS is measured, the distance between the closest wall of the proposed facility to the wall of the nearest residence must be no less than the required MDS. MDS is set out by the Standards and Administration Regulation of AOPA, and is based on the type of facility and the type of residential development.

Part 2 Application

The Part 2 application provides the technical details that address the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) requirements. This information allows an approval officer to determine that the application can meet the requirements of the act. The complete document also forms part of the public record. Commitments made by operators in their application that exceed the requirements of the act must be adhered to and may be written into the final permit.

 

The completed Part 2 application is provided to referral agencies, directly affected parties, and the local municipality to respond to. A copy of the Part 2 application is also posted on the NRCB website until the deadline for statements of concern. The application remains accessible through the search engine for permit applications and decisions issued. Members of the public may also ask to view the Part 2 application by contacting the NRCB.

 

The approval officer’s decision is based on the information provided in the application, the requirements of the act, and any environmental, social, or economic concerns raised by directly affected parties or referral agencies. Approval officers may also request experts in the NRCB's science and technology division to review technical aspects of the application.

 

The Part 2 application must be submitted within six months of submitting Part 1. The applicant may request an extension of up to an additional six months. If the applicant does not request the extension and fails to submit the Part 2 within the required six months, the applicant must resubmit the Part 1. The MDS is recalculated on the date the new Part 1 is submitted.

 

Applicants who may need more time to provide the necessary information should discuss their request with the approval officer as soon as possible.

Water Licences

Water licence applications may be submitted at the same time as the application for a permit under AOPA. If both applications are applied for at the same time, the approval officer will forward the water licence application on the operator’s behalf to Environment and Parks. If both applications are applied for through the NRCB, both permits will be issued at the same time. This may delay the timeframe for receiving the AOPA permit.

 

Operators may choose to submit their application separately. Operators are required to indicate their choice on the Part 2 application form.

 

Operators are responsible for obtaining any licences required under the Water Act, whether they apply through the NRCB or separately.

 

Operators must sign a declaration in the Part 2 application that they understand the possible consequences of constructing or populating a facility without the necessary water licence. Consequences could include being directed by Environment and Parks to remove works, cease construction or depopulate. 

  

Schedule 2 – Threshold Levels (Agricultural Operation, Part 2 Matters Regulation)                                                                                   printable version

Category of Livestock

Type of Livestock

Column 2

Column 3

Number of Animals (registrations)

Number of Animals (approvals)

Beef

Cows/Finishers (900+ lbs)

150 – 349

350+

Feeders (450 – 900 lbs)

200 – 499

500+

Feeder Calves (< 550 lbs)

360 – 899

900+

Dairy (*count lactating cows only)

Lactating cows*

(Lactating cows only – associated Dries, Heifers and Calves are not counted)

50 – 199

200+

Swine (*count sows only)

Farrow to finish*

30 – 249

250+

Farrow to wean*

50 – 999

1000+

Farrow only*

60 – 1249

1250+

Feeders/Boars

500 – 3299

3300+

Roasters

500 – 5999

6000+

Weaners

500 – 8999

9000+

Poultry

Chicken – Breeders

1000 – 15999

16000+

Chicken – Layer (includes

associated pullets)

5000 – 29999

30000+

Chicken – Pullets/Broilers

2000 – 59999

60000+

Turkeys – Toms/Breeders

1000 – 29999

30000+

Turkeys – Hens (light)

1000 – 29999

30000+

Turkey – Broiler

1000 – 29999

30000+

Ducks

1000 – 29999

30000+

Geese

1000 – 29999

30000+

Horses

PMU

100 – 399

400+

Feeders > 750 lbs

100 – 299

300+

Foals < 750 lbs

350 – 999

1000+

Mules

100 – 299

300+

Donkeys

150 – 449

500+

Sheep

Ewes/rams

300 – 1999

2000+

Ewes with Lambs

200 – 1999

2000+

Lambs

1000 – 4999

5000+

Feeders

500 – 2499

2500+

Goats

Meat/Milk

200 – 1999

2000+

Nannies/Billies

400 – 2999

3000+

Feeders

500 – 4999

5000+

Bison

Bison

150 – 349

350+

Cervid

Elk

150 – 399

400+

Deer

200 – 999

1000+

Wild Boar

Feeders

100 – 299

300+

Sow (farrowing)

50 – 99

100+

•  When Dairy Replacement Heifers are housed away from the dairy treat as Beef – Feeders.

•  When Dairy calves are housed away from the dairy treat as Beef – Feeder Calves.

 

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