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.

Related legislative requirements

Licensee responsibilities

  • Licence holders are responsible for reviewing and following applicable legislation and other licensing requirements as identified on the application form.
  • Licence holders are responsible for providing potable water.
  • Licence holders shall ensure that animals are slaughtered humanely and safely.
  • Zoning restrictions limit slaughter in some areas such as a county and/or a municipality. The licence holder is responsible for ensuring compliance with bylaws in their county or municipality.
  • Licence holders are required to submit quarterly reports within 2 weeks of the end of each quarter.

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

Step 1. Review licensing requirements outlined in the application

Step 2. Fill out application

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.

Trouble opening or completing PDF forms?

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

  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.

Step 3. Send in application and payment

Online

Submit application

Email your completed application form by clicking on the “Submit by Email” button at the bottom of the form.

Pay fee

When applying online, you can pay your fees by credit card with our online payment system.

Pay fees online

When filling out the payment form, enter the following:

  • Under 'Program area', select: ‘Agriculture General’
  • Under 'Service you are paying for', enter: ‘Mobile Butcher Licence'

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.

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 100, J.G. O’Donoghue Building
7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6

Do not send cash.

Step 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

Download and fill out the Mobile Butcher Reporting Form (PDF, 1.2 MB).

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.

Animal slaughter limits per customer per calendar year:

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

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

If you have any questions, email: af.foodsafety@gov.ab.ca