Animal Feeding Operations

Purpose and Function

The Animal Feeding Operations Program is responsible for the permitting and compliance activities of animal feeding operations across the state. This website provides contact information for central and regional office staff. The most recent versions of documents and forms are available for download. Also, this site provides important updates, recent news and useful links to other related websites. 

Nearly all North Carolina swine farms, as well as wet poultry and cattle, are subject to the requirements of their respective state general permits. Every five years, a new general permit is issued. Below are information related to permits and permit renewal process. 

Mailing Address Street Address

Animal Feeding Operations Program
1636 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1636

Telephone: (919) 707-9129

(FedEx, UPS, Hand Delivery)

Animal Feeding Operations Program
512 N Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27604

Annual Report Form for State General Permit

Submit Annual Reports to:
    •    OR mail to:
        Animal Feeding Operations
        1636 Mail Service Center 
        Raleigh, NC 27699-1636

Waste Level Gauge Certification Memo

Tab/Accordion Items

Fall 2018 Drafts considered during stakeholder events for the 2019 renewal of State General Permit for Swine, Cattle/Dairy, and Poultry with liquid waste management systems. 


Please click on the links below to see the Public Comments for the Swine Permit. To download the file please click the link then click the down arrow towards the top right and save the file.

 Effective Oct. 1, 2014


The current NPDES General Permits are effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

Fact Sheet on Renewal of NPDES General Permits


Although the N.C. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Division is the lead agency overseeing animal disposal, the documents below are provided for your convenience.

Animal Burial Guidelines

Compositing of Mass Animal Mortality

NCDA & CS Mass Animal Mortality Management Plan for Catastrophic Natural Disasters

USGS Animal Operation Study

Changes to Soil Testing Frequency