Operators require an AOPA permit to construct manure collection or storage facilities, or to increase their livestock numbers. Operators who are planning to construct a new facility, expand an existing facility or increase their livestock should contact the NRCB before beginning construction, to confirm whether they need a permit.
The potential consequences for constructing without a permit can be quite severe. Penalties can include being required to stop construction, to remove the livestock from the facility, or to stop using the facility to store manure or hold livestock. In rare circumstances, operators may even be required to remove the facility.
If the NRCB receives a complaint about unauthorized construction, the inspector will contact the operator and will conduct a site inspection if the inspector is not familiar with the site. Compliance and enforcement typically start with education and voluntary compliance. If necessary, verbal directives, written compliance directives, and enforcement or emergency orders will be issued. In extreme cases, court action can be taken.