Sioux Center

Are bees allowed?  Per zoning. See excerpts below or read http://siouxcenter.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/83

Maybe in RS District. No code exists for crop production as permitted or not permitted. See Additional Notes and citation below.

Section 5.2. PRINCIPAL PERMITTED USES. Within the Residential Suburban District, unless otherwise provided, no building or land shall be used for other than one or more of the following principal permitted uses: …Residential Animal Raising (recreational) NOTE: Animal Raising is not defined in code

Yes, in AG District. 

Section 4.2. PRINCIPAL PERMITTED USES. Within the Agricultural District, unless otherwise provided, no building or land shall be used for other than one or more of the following principal permitted uses:

Ag Uses: Farms, Horticulture, Crop production, Residential Animal Raising (recreational)

Supported by previous Section 3.2. USE CLASSIFICATIONS. 5) General Description of AGRICULTURE USE TYPES: … b. Crop Production: The raising and harvesting of tree crops, row crops, or field crops on an agricultural or commercial basis, including incidental packing and processing.

Yes, in HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

Section 12.2. PRINCIPAL PERMITTED USES. Within the Highway Commercial District, unless otherwise provided, no building or land shall be used for other than one or more of the following principal permitted uses ..Agricultural Uses: Horticulture, Crop Production

Yes, in MU-PUD – Mixed-Use Planned Unit Development District, South Ridge Estates and Lots 1 & 2 of the Vermeer Subdivision, COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

Section 16.1.3. PRINCIPAL PERMITTED USES. Within the (MU-PUD) Mixed-Use Planned Unit Development District, unless otherwise provided, no building or land shall be used for other than one or more of the following principal permitted uses. …Agricultural Uses: Horticulture, Crop Production

If a nuisance was called: A nuisance would have more weight than a zoning code violation. No definitions for animal and livestock.

Additional notes: Staff reports that there is no code stating that farming, livestock, or bee keeping is allowed in other zoning districts. Zoning code with respect to honey bees is not actively enforced. Recent history includes a valid neighborhood nuisance complaint where a child with allergies was stung. The bee keeper moved hive.

Contact: Josh Dorhout

Department: Building, Planning and Energy

Title: Code Enforcement Director

Email: joshd@siouxcenter.org

Phone: 712-722-0761

County: Sioux