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.
- 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.
Related legislative requirements
- Meat Inspection Act
- Meat Inspection Regulation
- Animal Protection Act
- Disposal of Dead Animals Regulation
- Premises Identification Number Program
- Guidance on Specified Risk Material
- Humane Transport and Animal Welfare
- Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA)
- Livestock Identification Services
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
5-year licence fee: $100
Licences are valid 5 years from the date of issue.
How to apply
1. Review licensing requirements outlined in the application
2. Fill out application
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Download the PDF fillable application form to your computer or print the application, then fill in the requested information:
- Application for a Mobile Butcher Licence (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Note: In order for your application to be processed, the form must be complete.
3. Send in application and payment
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.
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"
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:
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.
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, 1.3 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)
Send your completed PDF report form by clicking on the “Submit by Email” button at the bottom of the form.
If you are not sending your report forms by email, mail your printed reports to the mailing address that appears above on this page.
If you have any questions, email: [email protected]