Premises ID

Download Premises ID brochurePremises Identification (ID), one of the pillars of animal traceability, links poultry and livestock, including bees, to geographic locations. The British Columbia (B.C.) Premises ID Program gathers information about the location of animals, the types of animals at each location and how to contact individuals responsible for those animals.

Premises ID is an important tool for protecting the health and safety of your livestock. In the event of an emergency, premises ID information improves our ability to rapidly notify animal owners, contain pest and animal disease outbreaks and more effectively respond to natural disasters like floods or fires.

A premises is any parcel of land where animals are kept, assembled or disposed of. Types of premises registered with the program are wide-ranging; from small-scale or hobby farms with a few animals to large commingling sites such as feedlots, auction yards and abattoirs.

Beekeepers can now register their apiaries through the premises ID program.

There is no cost to participate in the program.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.  


B.C. premises ID regulation

A new premises ID regulation is being introduced in B.C. For more information on the new regulation and a summary of the public consultation, please refer to the following reports: 

When the regulation comes into force in 2022, premises where one or more of the following animals are kept, assembled or disposed of will need to be registered with the premises ID program:  

  • Alpacas
  • Bees
  • Bison
  • Cervid (e.g. farmed deer)
  • Cattle
  • Donkeys
  • Doves
  • Ducks
  • Fowl (quail, peafowl, pheasants,
    guinea fowl and pigeons)
  •  Fur-bearing animals (chinchilla, mink, fox) 
  • Geese
  • Goats
  • Horses
  • Llamas
  • Mules
  • Poultry (broilers, pullets, layers,
    turkeys, exhibition breeds)
  • Rabbits
  • Ratites (Emu/Ostrich)
  • Sheep
  • Swine
    (pigs, hogs, miniature pigs)
  • Vicuna
  • Water Buffalo 
  • Wild boars
  • Yaks

Types of premises

A premises is any parcel of land where animals, bees, plants or food are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of and includes such places as:

  • Farms/stables
  • Apiaries (beekeepers)
  • Hobby Farms
  • Feedlots
  • Pastures
  • Community pastures
  • Hatcheries
  • Abattoirs
  • Assembly yards
  • Auction/Livestock sale facilities
  • Rendering plants
  • Zoos/petting zoos
  • Exhibition/fair grounds
  • Race tracks/competition facilities
  • Veterinary hospitals/labs
  • Insemination centres
  • Research facilities

How to register


Submit completed forms

By Mail:

BCPID, Ministry of Agriculture
1767 Angus Campbell Road
Abbotsford, BC V3G 2M3

By Email:

By Fax: