Custom Meat & Poultry

The Custom Meat and Poultry Program inspects custom processing facilities that process domestic livestock for the animal's owners. These facilities are exempt from official inspections from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA). Facilities are inspected for proper sanitation, record-keeping, and compliance with relevant Nevada Revised Statutes and Administrative Codes and USDA standards. Meat processed by custom processors may only be sold to the owner of the animal and may not be resold at retail. 


The first step towards obtaining a Custom Meat or Poultry Permit is to submit your application to our main office in Sparks, NV.  A plan review will begin once the application is received and application fee is processed.  The new facility plan review fee is $498 plus an additional $166 - $332, contingent on the size of the facility.  Depending on the scope of your business, you might also need to obtain letters of approval from various agencies that might also have jurisdiction on various aspects of your operation.  These items should be provided with your application.   

They include but are not limited to the following: 


State and County business licenses  

Approved sewage removal 

Qualifying USDA Exemptions 

County zoning approval 


Attached are some general guidelines for your plan review and additional information on the USDA meat and poultry exemptions.  If you have any question, please reach out Lisa Burnett at (775) 353-3631.