Establishment, change or expansion of a livestock farm

The size of your "production area" is crucial to how you should behave.

The size of your "production area" is crucial to how you should behave.

A production permit is based on the production area calculated in m² (barn area where the animals stay and have the opportunity to deposit manure).

A distinction is made between:

  1. Livestock facilities with up to and including 100 m² production area
  2. Livestock farm with a production area of ​​more than 100 m2
  3. Livestock (IE), which in the applied operation has more than:
    • 750 pitches for lakes
    • 2.000 pitches for fattening pigs
    • 40.000 pens for poultry
    • Livestock farms with a total ammonia emission of more than 3.500 kg NH3-N pr. year

If the notified / applied for a dispensation, you must apply for it at the same time as the notification.

What part of my agriculture is production area?

Production area is where the animals stay:

  • Path area, including buffer paths, hospital paths and so on
  • Box area, including sick boxes, separation boxes and so on
  • Cage area, the base area of ​​each floor except the area of ​​access between double cages in floors
  • Other living area with solid bottom, including verandas, running yards, permanent shelters, calf huts and more
  • Area with milking robots
Do I need a permit if I have a livestock facility under 100m2 (number 1)?

Livestock facilities with up to and including 100 m² of production area are not described as livestock farming and are therefore not subject to requirements for approval, but must only be notified.

The following production areas and composition of livestock are a livestock facility:

  • Smaller livestock, where the production area in the stable is less than 100 m²
  • Herds of horses / suckler cattle / goats / sheep on deep litter, where the production area is less than 175 m² (300 m² for winter housing)
  • Herds with horses where the production area is less than 200 m²

The properties and livestock facilities that are not covered by the rules on approval and permit are regulated by the rules of the livestock manure executive order on location, layout, operation, notification and so on.

If you are covered by the above, then you should send a review to Sønderborg Municipality.

Do I need a permit if I have a livestock farm over 100m2 or (No. 2)? 

If you have a livestock farm with more than 100 m² production area and an ammonia emission of less than 3.500 kg NH3-N per year, the livestock farm must have a permit after Section 16 b.

Please note that in some cases a permit will only be required for 175-300 m2. 

Permission must be applied for via

Do I need a permit if I have a large livestock farm (No. 3)?

Establishment of livestock farms requires prior environmental approval if the livestock farm has either: 

  • more than 750 paddocks for sows or more than 2.000 paddocks for fattening pigs (fattening pigs over 30 kg) or 40.000 paddocks for poultry
  • an ammonia emission of more than 3.500 kg NH3-N per year (total emission from the entire plant after use of instruments)

Environmental approval must be applied for via Here you can also calculate the size of the ammonia emission from your company.

Where can I report IE livestock farming?

Report IE livestock farming here.

IE livestock farms must each year before 31 December report documentation for:

1. Logbooks for any environmental technologies
Documentation of completed inspections
3. Documentation for environmental management system
Documentation of compliance with feeding requirements

You can with advantage use the checklist to collect the data you need before logging in with MitID.

Can I get a dispensation?

If your livestock farm does not comply with applicable distance requirements, you can apply for an exemption in certain cases.

If you are in doubt, get in touch

Apply for dispensation here.

Is my company supervised?

Read more about environmental inspection here.

Pigs on the farm

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Business and Waste
Lille Rådhusgade 7
6400 Sønderborg

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