Forms and Applications

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Meat Handlers License Application

A license is required for the buying, selling, preparing, processing, packing, storing transporting, or otherwise handling meat, poultry and meat/poultry food products in the state of Vermont.  This includes products slaughtered and processed under Federal jurisdiction. Applicable licensing categories include:

  • Commercial slaughterhouse
  • Commercial packing plant
  • Commercial Poultry slaughterhouse
  • Custom Slaughterhouse
  • Custom Packing Plant
  • Custom Poultry Slaughterhouse
  • Wholesale Meat or Poultry Distributor
  • Broker, Meat or Poultry Products
  • Animal Food Manufacturer
  • Public Warehouseman
  • 4-D Animal Handler:  Addendum to 4D license requirements
  • Renderer

Request for State Meat Inspection Services

This form is to request inspection services from the state of Vermont for establishments that will be operating under State Inspection. This form is to be filled out in conjunction with the Meat Handlers License application.

Retail License Application

A retail license is required if you operate stores, sell or attempt to sell to consumers at their homes, or otherwise sell, display, advertise for sale, offer for sale, or have available for sale meat, meat food products and/or poultry products for purchase by household consumers.

Records Required by Retail Stores that Grind Raw Beef Products

Sample Ground Beef Grinding Log

Retail Specially Processed Meat/Poultry Variance

This form is to request a variance to current regulations to allow special processing at the retail level, including but not limited to, smoking, curing (and uncured products), refining of livestock fats, drying and pickling. The full policy can be accessed below.

Specially Processed Meat and Poultry Policy - 001

Specially Processed Variance Application    

Commercial Processing Production Report

This template can be used by commercial facilities to report their monthly production as required recordkeeping.

Custom Slaughter and Processing Report

Notice of Temporary Custom Plant Closing

Certificate of Ownership (Slaughter-Process)

Certificate of Ownership (Processing)

On-Farm Slaughter Registration

To qualify for the on-farm slaughter exemption, a farmer must register with the Agency of Agriculture (6 V.S.A. §3311a (c)(2)). This registration expires on a calendar year basis. The farmer must renew the registration each calendar year, prior to allowing others to engage in on-farm slaughter activity on their farm. 

On-Farm Slaughter Quarterly Reporting Template: choose fillable or printable

This template can be used by farm owners to fulfill the quarterly reporting requirements to the VT Agency of Agriculture regarding the slaughter activity conducted under the Personal Slaughter exemption (6 V.S.A. §3311a) 


Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431