Are bees allowed? Yes – in residential and agricultural zoning classifications
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55.06 BEE KEEPING. Bee keeping shall be allowed with the following restrictions:
1. Allowed in residential and agricultural zoning classifications.
2. Minimum lot size of .5 acres.
3. Maximum number of 4 hives in residential and 10 hives in agriculture zoning classifications.
4. Hives shall be located in the rear yard and a minimum of 10′ from property line.
5. A flight path barrier consisting of a fence, structure or planting not less than 6′ in height located in front of the hive.
If a nuisance was called: There is no retaliation/recourse against a beekeeper if requirements are met.
Additional notes: 55.03 Livestock Neglect. It is unlawful for a person who impounds or confines livestock in any place to fail to provide the livestock with care consistent with customary animal husbandry practices or to deprive the livestock of necessary sustenance or to injure or destroy livestock by any means which causes pain or suffering in a manner inconsistent with customary animal husbandry practices.
Contact: Mindy Robinson
Department: Community Development
Title: Building and Zoning