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 owner of the animal and the 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 municipalities, on the premises of a licensed meat facility, or on the premises of a licensed mobile butcher facility. The licence holder is responsible for ensuring compliance with bylaws in their 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:

  • are a Canadian citizen
  • operate 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

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

Step 3. Send in application and payment

Online

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

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

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

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

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, 1.4 MB)

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 aren’t 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