New Farm Construction Plan Review Checklist


Application to Install or Modify a Milking System 

When a producer has applied for a permit to milk, construction and equipment plans must be submitted BEFORE construction begins. Completion of "Application to Install or Modify a Milk System" must also be completed. Approval of all plans and applications must be received before construction may begin. Plans should include the following:

  1. Blueprints should include:
    • milkhouse and barn dimensions & layout
    • location of windows and doors
    • restroom or utility room if applicable (restrooms must have self-closing doors)
    • finish on walls, ceilings and floors
    • drain locations & type (trapped)
    • location of light fixtures
    • cowyard location and size
    • cattle housing location, size and type
    • location and type of water supply
  2. Milkhouse requirements and locations:
    • wash vats and hand wash sink
    • light fixtures
    • bulk tank
    • hoseport
    • location of tube or plate coolers, if used
    • milk receiver group
    • water heater (adequate size and temperature)
    • heating and ventilation system (vent locations and exhaust fans)
  3. Water supply:
    • Type of well or supply
    • Type of stock water tanks or fountains
    • Use of vacuum breakers
    • Use of high pressure washers
  4. Waste Disposal
    • drain outlets (discharge to septic system?)
    • septic system (separate from barn system)
    • manure storage and handling (storage tanks, pits, lagoons, push-off area)
    • must meet all state and local health & plumbing codes
  5. Milking area:
    • Size and type of milk operation (barn, parlor)
    • Milking equipment used (design, materials, and layout-3A and PMO requirements)
    • Location of calf pens, maternity pens, horse stalls, etc (if applicable)