Feedlot Permit Program


Kent Woodmansey, Administrator - email

Vacant, Senior Secretary

Phone (605) 773-3351 - Fax (605) 773-5286



Photo of cattle in a feedlotThe Feedlot Permit Program protects surface and ground waters of South Dakota by regulating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and onsite wastewater (septic tank) systems.


The program's primary responsibilities are to:

  • protect surface and ground waters of the state;

  • implement and enforce federal Clean Water Act regulations and state General Water Pollution Control Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation rules; and

  • implement and enforce state onsite wastewater system rules.




CAFO regulation in South Dakota is guided by a comprehensive general water pollution control permit for concentrated animal feeding operations. Links to the left provide general permit guidance to producers for planning requirements, the importance of proper site planning, collection and storage of manure, design criteria, nutrient management plans, soil and manure testing, manure application restrictions, and other producer responsibilities.


DENR is required by state rules to inspect CAFOs as follows:

  • Construction inspection - DENR will inspect each new operation applying for coverage under the general permit at least once during construction.

  • Operational inspection - DENR will inspect larger operations at least once per year, other operations at least once every three years, and new operations at least once during the first 18 months of operation.
  • Complaint inspection - DENR will respond to complaints made in accordance with the South Dakota Complaint Law.


General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations application forms are available in two formats.


Septic Systems


Onsite wastewater systems in South Dakota typically consist of a septic tank and drainfield. The state has developed design requirements to ensure wastewater discharged into these systems does not pose a risk to human health and the environment. Links to the left provide state rules for regulating onsite wastewater systems, a checklist of information required when submitting installation plans, guidance for septic tank installer certification, a list of certified installers, land application and disposal guidance, and more. For more information, contact Scott Hipple at (605) 773-3351.