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Ordinances regarding bees

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Fellow bee lovers, It seemed that it might be useful to have an index of local bee ordinances. 

As part of a summer clerkship at the Best & Flanagan law firm, University of Minnesota law student Ashleigh Leitch compiled the attached list including hyperlinks to ordinances and regulations where available along with city  contact information. As you all continue to proselytize about urban beekeeping this list may be of some use. Ashleigh gets the credit for assembling in research supported by Best & Flanagan.

 

Information as of Aug 1, 2013.

 

 

 

City

County

Ordinance Citation

Ordinance Language

Contact Information

Andover

Anoka

Title 5, Chapter 1, Section (d)

Must be zoned R1, R2, or R3 and have at least two acres.

(763) 755-5100

Anoka

Anoka

Section 10-2

Bees are not mentioned in the city code, but the city planner said she would consider honey bees to be "non-domesticated" animal. The code prohibits non-domesticated or farm animals within City limits.

(763) 576-2700

Apple Valley

Dakota

 

Currently, no ordinance on bees. However, code prohibits non-domestic animals, and City interprets bees as non-domestic. City is revising the ordinance to expressly prohibit bees.

(952) 953-2500

Arden Hills

Ramsey

Chapter 13, 25.07

Bees are considered farm animals and are allowed within city limits as long as the lot meets the set back requirements (which depend upon how the hive is constructed).

(651) 792-7800

Bayport

Washington

Section 14

Honey bees are not allowed within City limits.

(651) 275-4404

Blaine

Anoka

Section 14-225

Areas zoned residential may not have honey bees. Areas zoned agricultural may have honey bees.

(763) 785-6122

Bloomington

Hennepin

Section 12.116(a)(2)

Owners of bees, shall have at least one acre per bee hive not exceeding twenty-four (24) cubic feet in size. Farm poultry, farm animals and bees are not allowed on properties with three or more dwelling units. The owner of the farm poultry, farm animals and bees shall live in the dwelling on the property.

 

Brooklyn Center

Hennepin

Section 1-101

No mention of bees in ordinances, so honey bees are permitted.

(763) 569-3300

Brooklyn Park

Hennepin

Section 152.008

Honey bees are classified as a farm animal. Farm animals are only permitted in areas zoned R-1.

(763) 424-8000

Burnsville

Dakota

Section 6-2-20

Honey bees are prohibited in almost all parts of Burnsville. They are only permitted in the R1A district, which is rural and agricultural.

(952) 895-4400

Carver

Carver

Section 1005.02

Codicil 1 allows animals not listed under Section 1005.02 in city limits as long as they are not a nuisance. Therefore, honey bees are allowed as long as they are not a nuisance.

(952) 448-5353

Centerville

Anoka

Chapter 90.02(B)

"Licensing Honey Bees. Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, a person may keep honey bee colonies on any premises after first obtaining a license as provided in this subsection. No license shall be issued except in compliance of this section. (1) Lot size shall be a minimum of one-half acre; (2) No more than two honey bee colonies shall be allowed; (3) Hives shall be setback from property lines a minimum of 25 feet; (4) Applicant must document at least 16 hours of training in beekeeping, and (5) the colony shall be maintained in good order and not be a nuisance to any member of the public."

(651) 429-3232

Champlin

Hennepin

 

Honey bees are not mentioned within Champlin's ordinances. The City would allow honey bees as long as they were not a nuisance and the neighbors were on board.

(763) 421-8100

Chanhassen

Hennepin and Carver

Chapter 20

Bees are considered a farm animal and are allowed on properties of 10 acres or more.

(952) 227-1100

Chaska

Carver

Chapter 5, Section 82

The Chaska Police Department is in charge of code enforcement. Police officer told me they would allow a honey bee hive as long as it didn't bother the neighbors.

(952) 448-9200

Circle Pines

Anoka

Section 320.02(B)

"Licensing Honey Bees. Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, a person may keep honey bee colonies on any premises after first obtaining a license as provided in this subsection. No license shall be issued except in compliance of this section. (1) Lot size shall be a minimum of one-half acre; (2) No more than two honey bee colonies shall be allowed; (3) Hives shall be setback from property lines a minimum of 25 feet; (4) Applicant must document at least 16 hours of training in beekeeping, and (5) the colony shall be maintained in good order and not be a nuisance to any member of the public."

(763) 784-5898

Coon Rapids

Anoka

6-502(2), (5)

"Non-domestic animals are defined as … bees. It shall be unlawful to keep, maintain, harbor, or feed any non-domestic animal within the City except where permitted elsewhere in this Chapter."

 

Corcoran

Hennepin

 

Section 1020.020: bees are agricultural use. Allowed in areas zoned for agricultural use.

(763) 420-2288

Cottage Grove

Washington

Section 11-3-7

Bees are considered a farm animal and are allowed on properties of 5 or more acres. Section defining "farm animal" is 11-1-3.

(651) 458-2800

Crystal

Hennepin

 

City ordinances do not cover bees. Therefore, bees are allowed.

(763) 531-1000

Dayton

Wright and Hennepin

Section 1001.42 subd.8(1)(e)

Honey bees are prohibited in areas zoned residential - Old Village, residential - mobile home, industrial and business, unless you have a conditional use permit.

(763) 427-4589

Eagan

Dakota

Animal FAQ

Honey bees may be kept on properties in areas that are zoned agricultural and have a minimum of five acres.

 

Edina

Hennepin

Section 300.11

"No person shall keep within the City … honeybees and apiaries."

 

Elko New Market

Scott

Section 6-4-5

Section 6-4-2 Honeybees are considered a farm animal. Section 6-4-5 states, "Farm animals shall be kept only in areas approved under the city zoning ordinance."

 

Excelsior

Hennepin

Section 6-4

Ordinance defines "undomesticated animal" as "any animal, mammal, amphibian, or reptile, which is of a species which is wild by nature or of a species which due to size, vicious nature, or other characteristics is inherently dangerous to human beings." "Any person may own, keep, harbor, or maintain any nondomesticated animal, provided that it weighs less than 50 pounds."

 

Falcon Heights

Ramsey

Section 113-3

Honey bees are defined as a farm animal. Farm animals are not allowed to be harbored within the city. The Falcon Heights City Council looked into a honey bee ordinance last year but ultimately did not pass it.

(651) 792-7600

Forest Lake

Anoka

Chapter 99

Bees are defined as a farm animal. City code allows farm animals in areas zoned for agricultural use and if the property is five acres or more.

(651) 464-3550

Fridley

Anoka

Section 101.03(2)

"Livestock" is defined as "horses, cattle, goats, rabbits, sheep, swine, fowl, and other animals used for utility." Provides instructions for written license application  and annual fee.

(763) 571-3450

Golden Valley

Hennepin

Section 10.32

Honey bees are defined as a farm animal. Farm animals are not allowed to be harbored within the city.

 

Hastings

Dakota and Washington

Chapter 91.01

Bees are not mentioned in the city code, so they are permitted. City planner warned that if the bees stung people or upset the neighbors, they could be removed through the public nuisance ordinance (Section 95.20).

(651) 480-2350

Hopkins

Hennepin

 

Hopkins Code of Ordinances does not address honey bees, so they are permitted.

(952) 935-8474

Hugo

Washington

 

Although not expressly listed in the ordinance, honey bees are considered "farm animals," so they are allowed in areas zoned agricultural and on lots of five or more acres.

(651) 762-6300

Independence

Hennepin

510.05 subd. 46

Defines bees as "livestock." Bees are allowed in areas which are zoned agricultural.

(763) 479-0527

Inver Grove Heights

Dakota

Section 10-2-2

Bees are allowed in areas zoned agricultural or estate.

(651) 450-2500

Jordan

Scott

 

No ordinance, so bees are not allowed. Perhaps could apply for a conditional use permit stating beekeeping as a home occupation.

(952) 492-2535

Lake Elmo

Washington

Title 9, Chapter 95.71

Currently, honey bees are allowed on property ten acres or more. The City Clerk is planning to propose a new ordinance allowing honeybees on properties 1 or 2 acres in size sometime in the fall of 2013. This ordinance is subject to Council approval.

(651) 747-3900

Lake St. Croix Beach

Washington

No online ordinances

No one from the City returned my messages.

(651) 436-7031

Lauderdale

Ramsey

Section 5-3-1

Bees are defined as a farm animal. City ordinance 5-3-4-1 requires a permit to have a farm animal.

(651) 792-7650

Lilydale

Dakota

Section 801.01

It's unclear if bees are allowed or not in the ordinances, and no one at the City returned my phone messages.

(651) 457-2316

Long Lake

Hennepin

 

Honey bees are not mentioned in the Code. City of Long Lake's general position is if it is not expressly allowed, it is prohibited.

(952) 473-6961

Mahtomedi

Washington

Chapter 3.02

"No person may keep within the City any of the following: any hive or other facility for the housing of bees."

(651) 426-3344

Maple Plain

Hennepin

 

Honey bees are not mentioned in the Code. City of Maple Plain's general position is that they are allowed, but are subject to the nuisance ordinance.

(763) 479-0515

Maplewood

Ramsey

 

Considering an urban agriculture ordinance, but so far no actual ordinance. Bees are allowed unless they become a nuisance.

(651) 249-2000

Marine on St. Croix

Washington

Chapter 5

City of Marine on St. Croix does not have an ordinance about honey bees. The City's position is that they are allowed unless they are a nuisance.

(651) 433-3636

Medicine Lake

Hennepin

Section 200.2(7)(b)

Bees are classified as farm animals. Must get a conditional use permit to have bees.

(763) 542.9701

Mendota Heights

Dakota

Ordinance 448, not yet codified

Brand new ordinance: Bee keeping is allowed on properties of fifty (50) acres or more.

(651) 255-1153 

Minneapolis

Hennepin

Section 74.80

Must get a permit from Minneapolis Animal Care and Control.

 

Minnetonka

Hennepin

 

No ordinance on bees, so bees are allowed unless they are a nuisance.

(952) 939-8200

Village of Minnetonka Beach

Hennepin

Section 508(C)(28)(b)

"No person shall keep or allow to be kept any hive or other facility for the housing of honeybees."

(952) 471-8878

Minnetrista

Hennepin

Section 1110.09

Bees are considered farm animals. "Farm animals may only be kept in A or AP zoning districts, or in a residential lot of at least ten acres in size provided that farm animals on said residential lots are not sheltered within 300 feet of an adjoinin piece of property."

(952) 446-1660

New Brighton

Ramsey

 

No ordinance addressing bees, so they are allowed.

(651) 638-2100

Newport

Washington

Section 600.21

Honey bees are considered a farm animal. Must have a permit from the City Council. Lot size must be at least four acres. Must provide written notification to occupied property owners situated within 250 feet from the hive. Additional standards of practice listed in Section 600.21 subd. 3(F)(4).

(651) 459-5677

North St. Paul

Ramsey

Section 95.23

Honey bees are classified as a farm animal. No farm animals are allowed within city limits.

 

Oak Park Heights

Washington

Section 602.02(B)

Honey bees are classified as a farm animal. Farm animals are only permitted in areas zoned O - Open Space Conservation District and also need a conditional use permit.

(651) 439-4439

Oakdale

Washington

Section 4-18

"No person shall keep or allow to be kept any man-made or manufactured hive or other facility for the housing of bees within the city without a permit."

(651) 739-5086

Orono

Hennepin

Section 62-1

Honey bees are classified as a farm animal and are allowed in areas zoned for agriculture.

(952) 249-4600

Osseo

Hennepin

Chapter 93.18(z)

City code states that any caring for any non-domestic animal is a public nuisance, so beekeeping currently is not allowed. However, City Attorney said the City might be open to a resident asking for a variance or trying to change the ordinance.

(763) 425-2624

Plymouth

Hennepin

Zoning Ordinance 21170.01 subd.3

Bees are only allowed in areas zoned future restricted development (rural).

(763) 509-5080

Prior Lake

Scott

 

No ordinance, so bees are allowed unless they are a nuisance.

(952) 447-9800  

Richfield

Hennepin

Section 905.41

Bees are considered non-domestic animals. All non-domestic animals are prohibited.

(612) 861-9702

Robbinsdale

Hennepin

Section 915.37

"It is unlawful to keep or maintain roosters or bees, without first having obtained a permit therefor."

(763) 537-4534

Rogers

Hennepin

Section 125-1

Bees are classified as a farm animal and are allowed in areas zoned agricultural.

(763) 428-2253

Rosemount

Dakota

 

No ordinance on honey bees, so they are allowed.

(651) 322-2022

Roseville

Ramsey

 

No ordinance on honey bees, so they are allowed. The City reserves the right to regulate location and fencing in the future.

(651) 792-7000

St. Anthony Village

Hennepin

 

No ordinance on honey bees, so City of St. Anthony Village's position is that they are not allowed.

(612) 782-3301

St. Francis

Anoka

Section 8-3-5

"Bees shall not be kept on parcels smaller than five (5) acres in size. No parcel shall have more than one hive or colony housing structure not to exceed three (3) feet in size in any dimension unless it is an agricultural use. All hives shall be of the removable frame type. All hives shall be kept one hundred (100) feed from any property line."

(763) 753-2630

St. Louis Park

Hennepin

 

Bees are not addressed in city ordinance, so they are allowed as long as they are not a nuisance.

(952) 924-2500

St. Paul

Ramsey

Chapter 198.02(d)

"No person shall keep or allow to be kept any hive or other facility for the housing of bees within the city without a permit."

(651) 266-8989

St. Paul Park

Washington

Ordinance #694

Honey bees are allowed; must get a permit and obey set back ordinance.

(651) 459-9785

Savage

Scott

Section 91.01(2)

Bees are classified as a farm animal. Under Section 91.04, farm animals are "allowed only as a legal non-conforming use where a similar use occurred before the most recent change in the Zoning Code and continues consistently thereafter."

(952) 882-2660

Shakopee

Scott

Section 11.02(5)(B)

Bees are classified as an "agricultural use" and allowed in areas zoned rural residential or agricultural.

(952) 233-9300

Shoreview

Ramsey

Section 601.010(4)

Bees are classified as a non-domestic animal. Non-domestic animals permitted on lots that are two or more acres and are zoned detatched residential or residential estate.

(651) 490-4600

Shorewood

Hennepin

Section 705.09

Bees are classified as an "urban farm animal." Section 705.09 subd 2(h) states, "The number of bee hives shall not exceed four."

(952) 960-7900

South St. Paul

Dakota

Section 15-1(3)

Bees are listed as a farm animal. Section 15-3 states, "It shall be illegal for any person to own, possess, harbor, or offer for sale, any farm animals within city limits…"

(651) 554-3200

Spring Park

Hennepin

 

Bees are not allowed in city limits.

(952) 471-9051

Stillwater

Washington

Section 27-3

Bees are allowed in city limits as long as you have a permit. The ordinance sets forth a number of rules and regulations.

(651) 430-8800

Sunfish Lake

Dakota

Section 1225.01

Bees are considered farm animals. Only the farm animals expressly listed (such as bees) are allowed in the City of Sunfish Lake as long as you get a permit.

(763) 231-2555

Victoria

Carver

Chapter 30, Article VIII, Section 30-313(13)

Bees are only allowed in areas zoned agricultural and if you get a conditional use permit.

(952) 443-4210

Waconia

Carver

Section 710.15 subd. 1

Bees are considered farm animals, so they are allowed in areas zoned agricultural.

(952) 442-2184

Wayzata

Hennepin

 

No ordinance, so bees are allowed unless they are a nuisance.

(952) 404-5300

West St. Paul

Dakota

Section 905.15 subd. 3

Bees are allowed. The only requirement is that the hives are at least 100 feet from neighboring houses. Some lots are too small to comply with this requirement.

(651) 552-4100

White Bear Lake

Ramsey and Washington

Section 702.045

Bee keeping is allowed in City limits as long as you have a license.

(651) 429-8526

Woodbury

Washington

Section 24-4

Bees are considered "livestock" and they are allowed on property of five or more acres in areas zoned rural residential or existing farmstead.

(651) 714-3500