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Overview

The Mobile Butcher Licence enables a mobile butcher to slaughter an individual’s animal on the individual’s land. The meat is uninspected and is only for consumption by the animal's owner and members of their immediate household. The meat is not for sale or further distribution.

Eligibility

You can apply for an Alberta Mobile Butcher Licence if you:

  • Can lawfully operate a business in Alberta
  • Are at least 18 years of age

Cost

5-year licence fee: $100

Licences are valid 5 years from the date of issue.

How to apply online

To apply for and purchase a Mobile Butcher licence online, you will need:

  • A valid credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or Interac debit card
  • An email address (to receive updates and information about Alberta regulations)

1. Review licensing requirements and responsibilities outlined in the application

2. Complete application and submit payment

Mobile Butcher application

3. After your application has been reviewed and processed, your licence will be sent to you by email or mail.

Processing your application may take 2 to 4 weeks.

How to apply by mail

Submit application and fee

If not applying online, you can mail in your completed, printed application form and your cheque or money order.

Download the PDF fillable application form to your computer or print the application, then fill in the requested information.

Note: In order for your application to be processed, the form must be complete.

PDF form issues

Fillable forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save forms:

  1. Click on the PDF link to save it on your computer.
  2. Launch Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the PDF from within Adobe Reader. You can now fill and save your form.

Cheques or money orders should be payable to the Government of Alberta and mailed with your application form to the address below:

Attention: Licensing
Meat and Dairy Inspection Section
Agriculture and Forestry
Suite 108, J.G. O’Donoghue Building
7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

Do not send cash.

4. After you apply

After your application has been reviewed and processed, your licence will be sent to you by email or post.

Processing your application may take 2 to 4 weeks.

Reporting requirements

Reporting schedule

Mobile Butcher Licence holders must submit a report within 2 weeks of the end of each of these quarters:

  • Quarter 1: January to March
  • Quarter 2: April to June
  • Quarter 3: July to September
  • Quarter 4: October to December

Animal slaughter limits per customer per calendar year:

  • 6 large red meat animals, for example: beef, bison, elk, yak, ostrich
  • 12 hogs
  • 12 sheep
  • 12 goats
  • 150 poultry or other small animal, for example: quail, rabbit

Quarterly reporting enables Agriculture and Forestry to monitor designated slaughter limits per producer or consumer consumption. Adhering to slaughter limits is the responsibility of the licence holder.

Submit report

Email

Send your completed PDF report form by clicking on the 'Submit by Email' button at the bottom of the form.

Mail

If you are not sending your report forms by email, mail your printed reports to the mailing address that appears above on this page.

Contact

Connect with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry:

Email: [email protected]