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Ag Program

Who Needs an Agricultural Permit and Who Is Exempted

New or Expanding Facilities

New or expanding facilities with 10,000 lbs of normal production animal live weight or less that do not have a lagoon, storage pond or other treatment system are excluded from obtaining a permit but must have and implement a Animal Facility Management Plan (AFMP) that complies with the regulation. The AFMP is not submitted to DHEC. However, a permit may be required on a case by case basis.

New or expanding facilities with more than 10,000 lbs and less 30,000 lbs of normal production animal live weight that do not have a lagoon, storage pond or other treatment system are excluded from obtaining a permit but must have and implement an AFMP complies with the regulation. The AFMP is submitted to DHEC. However, a permit may be required on a case by case basis.

New or expanding facilities with a lagoon, storage pond or other treatment system or more than 30,000 lbs of normal production animal live weight must have a permit. Permit is based on the review of the AFMP.

Existing Facilities Existing facilities that were permitted prior to June 28,2002 are deemed permitted and do not need to reapply for a permit unless they have been closed for more than two years or they change their operations. If a deemed permitted facility has been closed for two years or less, it may renew operations without notifying the Department. If a deemed permitted facility has been closed for more than two years but less than five years, the Department must review their permit and modify its operating conditions as necessary prior to the facility going back into operation. If a permitted swine facility has been closed for more than five years, the swine facility must be closed out. 

When a deemed permitted facility adds a manure utilization area, only the requirements on manure utilization areas will apply.

Ranged Facilities

Ranged facilities are not required to obtain a permit and an AFMP is not required. However, a permit may be a required on a case by case basis.


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