SOUTH DAKOTA Department of
Environment & Natural Resources

Protecting South Dakota's Tomorrow...Today!
Joe Foss Building
523 E Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
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Feedlot Permit Program

Feedlot Permit Program

Kent Woodmansey, Administrator - email

Katie Luce, 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:


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:

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.