Missouri county and township restrictions on AFOs

Local governments have imposed additional requirements and fees on animal feeding operations beyond what is required in regulations by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Two strategies have been used by these local governments to add additional requirements:

  • County Health Ordinances
  • Zoning Ordinances 

Missouri State Map

CAFO regulations over time in Missouri (PDF)

Most recent changes

Cooper County: Health Regulation (PDF)

Andrew County: Rescinded June 2017 (Final court judgement (PDF)) (Original ordinance (PDF))

There may be other ordinances or other restrictions in other counties throughout the state, so it is important to check with the local zoning or county clerk offices while evaluating prospective operation sites. If you are aware of a local restriction that we do not have listed or other changes, please contact John Lory.

Restrictions

The following table lists county and township ordinances and has a PDF document of the ordinance. Note that these documents may not be current and are for educational purposes; always check with a county to determine the current status of applicable ordinances. If you are aware of changes in a county, please contact John Lory. We rely on feedback from users to keep the information current.

County/Township Type of Ordinance Documents Effective Date
of Current
Document
Adair County County Health Ordinance PDF 12/28/2011
Barton County, Doylesport Township Planning & Zoning PDF  
Bates County, Spruce Township Planning & Zoning PDF 3/12/1996
Caldwell County County Health Ordinance PDF 6/9/1997
Camden County County Health Ordinance PDF 10/23/1997
Cass County County Zoning Ordinance PDF  
Cedar County County Health Ordinance PDF 5/11/2016
Clay County County Zoning Ordinance PDF 5/22/2015
Cooper County County Health Regulation PDF 8/24/2018
Dade County County Health Ordinance PDF 5/13/2013
Dekalb County, Colfax Township Planning & Zoning PDF 1996
Greene County County Zoning Ordinance PDF  
Harrison County County Health Ordinance PDF 8/30/2000
Howard County County Health Ordinance PDF 5/19/2017
Jackson County County Zoning Ordinance PDF 6/1/1995
Knox County County Health Ordinance PDF 7/11/2014
Linn County County Health Ordinance PDF 8/6/2013
Livingston County County Health Ordinance PDF 2009
Macon County County Health Ordinance PDF 12/29/2005
Monroe County County Health Ordinance PDF 10/28/2013
Nodaway County (Challenge) (AG Opinion) County Health Ordinance PDF 7/28/2006
Pettis County County Health Ordinance PDF 12/30/1997
Platte County County Health Ordinance PDF 03/18/2010
Putnam County, Sherman Township Planning & Zoning PDF  
Putnam County, York Township Planning & Zoning PDF  
Ralls County County Health Ordinance PDF 6/5/2006
Schuyler County County Health Ordinance PDF 2011
Scotland County County Health Ordinance PDF 10/29/2015
Stone County County Zoning Ordinance PDF 11/13/2014
Worth County County Health Ordinance PDF 2011

In 2007 we completed a comparison of County Health Ordinances and Zoning Ordinances that existed at that time. The information in each table is not a complete summarization of each ordinance and may be dated. However the tables facilitate understanding some of the similarities and differences among these types of ordinances.   

Copies of our inventory of current ordinances can be downloaded in PDF from the table above. These are listed for educational purposes.  Always check with the county to determine the current status of applicable ordinances.

County Health Ordinance Comparison (PDF) (Updated August 2007)

Zoning Ordinance Comparison (PDF) (Updated August 2007)