Small Lot Farms

Small Lot Program

The Small Lot Program is a permit program for unregistered producers/farmers who keep between 100 and 399 laying hens that produce organic eggs, heritage breed eggs, free-range eggs or free-run eggs.


All producers/farms who have between 100 and 399 laying hens should register with BC Egg through the Small Lot Program.  The application fee is $250, with an annual renewal fee of $250, and includes:

  • A visit from BC Egg to provide program and standard information
  • A Salmonella Enteritidis (Se) test

To apply, please complete an application form (click here to download) and mail the form and payment to the BC Egg office. Please note that you must be at least 19 years of age to apply for a Small Lot permit.
There is no limit to the number of participants in the program.

If you are already part of the program but need to renew, please complete a renewal form (click here to download) and mail the form and payment to the BC Egg office.


Selling Ungraded Eggs

Unless a farmer sends his/her eggs to a grading station, the eggs produced on small lot farms are considered “ungraded.” and BC has strict rules and laws surrounding the sale of ungraded eggs. Please see our Selling Ungraded Eggs page for more information.

Appendix III in the following document provides guidelines for the sale of eggs at farmers’ markets:


Food Safety and Biosecurity Standards

Just as with larger farms, Small Lot farmers are required to maintain specific standards of food safety and biosecurity. The following guides are designed specifically for small lot production:


For more information on the Small Lot Program, please contact Scott Miles, Operations Assistant,  at the BC Egg office.