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Mobile Butcher Facility Licence Application

A Mobile Butcher Facility Licence enables a Government of Alberta licensed mobile butcher to operate a mobile butcher facility, a premise where uninspected meat is processed, packaged or stored.

The licence allows an individual’s animal that has been slaughtered by a licensed mobile butcher to be transported to and processed at a mobile butcher facility. The meat and any processed meat products from these slaughtered animals is only for consumption by the individual (animal owner). As this meat is uninspected, it cannot be sold, traded, bartered or further distributed.

All licensed mobile butcher facilities must meet the requirements of the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulation.

Licensee responsibilities

Licence holders are responsible for the following:

  • reviewing and following applicable legislation and other licensing requirements
  • adequately labelling product as ‘UNINSPECTED – not for sale’
  • using potable water
  • ensuring compliance with bylaws in their county or municipality

Applicants that request a mobile butcher facility licence for the same plot of land as an on-farm slaughter operation are required to show that the on-farm licence slaughter premise and activities are separate from the mobile butcher facility premise and mobile butcher facility activities.

Related legislative requirements

Meat Inspection Act

Meat Inspection Regulation

Meat Facility Standards

Disposal of Dead Animals Regulation

Premises Identification Program

Guidance on Specified Risk Material

National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition

Occupational Health and Safety Act

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations


You can apply for a Mobile Butcher Facility Licence if you:

  • can lawfully operate a business in Alberta
  • are at least 18 years of age
  • are a Government of Alberta licensed mobile butcher


5-year licence fee: $100

Licences are valid 5 years from the date of issue.

How to apply

Review legislative requirements and licensee responsibilities.

Contact the Meat and Dairy Inspection Section (MDIS) at [email protected] for information on the Mobile Butcher Facility licensing approval process.


Two months before the mobile butcher facility licence expires, MDIS will the send to the licensee a notice letter and the Mobile Butcher Facility Licence Renewal application form.

Once the application form is received, check the ‘renew’ box and fill in the required information.

Submit the application form and payment to MDIS, as indicated on the application form.


Two weeks prior to:

  • updating or renovating a mobile butcher facility, or
  • changing or modifying processing steps or processing information

contact MDIS at [email protected] and request a Mobile Butcher Facility Licence Update application form.

In the form, check the ‘update’ box and fill in the required information.

Submit the application form to MDIS, as indicated on the application renewal form.


If you have any questions, email: [email protected]