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Responsible Governmental Units


Minnesota Rules Chapter 7020.1600

The MPCA and county governments that are involved with feedlot registration, permitting, and environmental review processes, are referred to as “responsible governmental units” (RGUs). Your RGU, whether the MPCA or a county that has been delegated permitting authority by the MPCA, will be your resource, and available to answer questions on the Feedlot Rules and Environmental Review Rules.

In addition to Minnesota’s Feedlot Rules and Environmental Review Rules, many counties and townships have more restrictive local requirements. Local permits may be required, such as conditional use permits or building permits. You should contact your local planning and zoning or environmental services office for information about local requirements.

If your existing or proposed facility is less than 1000 animal units, and is located in a county that participates in the MPCA’s Delegated County Program, the county is the RGU. You can find a list of counties delegated by the MPCA to administer the feedlot program, and contact information for the respective County Feedlot Officers (CFO). You can also obtain this information from the MPCA Feedlot Helpline at 1-800-657-3864 or 651-296-6300, or by calling your county planning and zoning, environmental services or soil and water conservation district office.

If your existing or proposed facility is not located in a delegated county, contact the MPCA Feedlot Helpline at 1-800-657-3864 or 651-296-6300 to determine the individual at the MPCA who will be responsible for the registration, environmental review, and permitting of your facility. Click here to see a map of MPCA feedlot staff jurisdictions.

If your facility is a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO), or has 1,000 animal units or more, your RGU is the MPCA, even if your county is in the Delegated County Program.

Your RGU will help you determine what actions are necessary prior to constructing, expanding, or modifying your facility. Contacting your RGU as soon as possible will allow adequate time for the permitting and environmental review processes.

Many counties and townships have more restrictive local requirements. You should contact your local planning and zoning or environmental services office for information about local requirements. Some soil and water conservation district offices may also be able to provide you with information on local requirements.