Under Wisconsin's livestock facility siting law (Wis. Stat. § 93.90 and Wis. Admin. Code ch. ATCP 51), local governments do not have to require conditional use or other permits for new or expanding livestock operations. If they choose to require permits for such operations, they must adopt all the standards and procedures of Wis. Stat. § 93.90 and ATCP 51. This does not affect other local ordinances such as shoreland and floodplain zoning. The law does, however, limit exclusion of livestock facilities from agricultural zones.
The standards address:
- Property line and road setbacks
Management and training plans
- Nutrient management
Manure storage facilities
Local governments requiring permits must use application worksheets provided here to determine if proposed facilities meet these standards. The Livestock Siting Review Board hears appeals of local decisions from applicants or neighboring landowners.