Class D and E licences

NOTICE: Effective December 1, 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is responsible for the administration of Class D and E slaughter establishments.  

Regional health authorities will continue to administer the permitting of food premises on farms, including Class D and E slaughter licences where further processing such as cut-and-wrap activity and retail sales to the public occur.

See below to learn more about applying for Class D and E licences through the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries’ Meat Inspection Program.

The provincial government oversees the issuance of Class D and Class E licenses under the Meat Inspection Regulation (MIR) of the BC Food Safety Act.

Class D and E licences  allow on-farm slaughter within a designated area. Applicants outside of a designated area can apply for a Class E licence by submitting a feasibility study outlining how they are unable to find slaughter services locally as part of their application package.

Class D licence

  • Allows on-farm slaughter of up to 25,000 lbs of animals (live weight) annually for direct sale to consumers, or retail sales to secondary food establishments (for example, restaurants and meat shops)
  • Sales are restricted to the region or electoral district where the meat was produced
  • Licensee may slaughter their own or other peoples’ animals
  • Are available in 13 provincially designated regions

Class E licence

  • Allows on-farm slaughter of up to 10,000 lbs of animals (live weight) annually for direct sale to consumers
  • Sales are restricted to the region or electoral district where the meat was produced
  • Licensee is only permitted to slaughter their own animals
  • Are available in 13 provincially designated regions, and outside the designated areas when slaughter services are not available to the producer

Resources

How to apply (New for December 2020)

  1. Register for a Premises ID
  2. Using the Class D and E Licence Application Package Checklist (PDF, 95 KB), ensure you have collected the required documents before you submit your application package:
  3. Submit your application package and signed application checklist to the to the Meat Inspection Program’s provincial coordinator, or to the physical address contained in the checklist
  4. A Meat Inspection Program staff member will contact you to provide you with a SlaughterRight workbook and instructions on how to complete the SlaughterRight course
  5. Complete the SlaughterRight course and submit your SlaughterRight workbook and food safety plan to the provincial coordinator for each animal species you will be slaughtering
  6. A Meat Inspection Program staff member will contact you to review your SlaughterRight workbook and food safety plan, and to schedule a site assessment visit
  7. Following a successful site assessment, a slaughter licence will be issued

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