Ordinances

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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 current as of date shown.

City County Ordinance Citation Ordinance Language Contact Information Date
Andover Anoka Title 5, Chapter 1, Section (d) Must be zoned R1, R2, or R3 and have at least two acres. (763) 755-5100 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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

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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 8-1-13
Bayport Washington Section 14 Honey bees are not allowed within City limits. (651) 275-4404 8-1-13
Blaine Anoka Section 14-225 Areas zoned residential may not have honey bees. Areas zoned agricultural may have honey bees. (763) 785-6122 8-1-13
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.   8-1-13
Brooklyn Center Hennepin Section 1-101 No mention of bees in ordinances, so honey bees are permitted. (763) 569-3300 8-1-13
Brooklyn Park Hennepin Section 92.50 Honey bees are permitted in lots over 5 acres. Other require registration. (763) 424-8000 11-24-15
Burnsville Dakota Section 6-2-20 Honey bees are prohibited in all parts of Burnsville. (952) 895-4400 2-8-17
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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."   8-1-13
Corcoran Hennepin   Section 1020.020: bees are agricultural use. Allowed in areas zoned for agricultural use. (763) 420-2288 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Crystal Hennepin   City ordinances do not cover bees. Therefore, bees are allowed. (763) 531-1000 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Duluth St. Louis 1959-6-80 Ok in areas zoned rural;. Others require license. 11-23-15
Eagan Dakota Section 10.12 Honey bees may be kept on properties in areas that are zoned agricultural and have a minimum of five acres. Or by permit.   3-6-15
Edina Hennepin Section 300.11 Bees are allowed with permit. ordinance link    10-1-15
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."   8-1-13
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."   8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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.   8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Hibbing St. Louis Section 10.23 Honey bees are defined as a farm animal. Farm animals are not allowed to be harbored within the city. 2-8-17
Hopkins Hennepin   Hopkins Code of Ordinances does not address honey bees, so they interpret that to mean they are not permitted. 952-548-6303 2-8-17
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 8-1-13
Independence Hennepin 510.05 subd. 46 Defines bees as "livestock." Bees are allowed in areas which are zoned agricultural. (763) 479-0527 8-1-13
Inver Grove Heights Dakota Section 10-2-2 Bees are allowed in areas zoned agricultural or estate. (651) 450-2500 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Lake Elmo Washington Title 9, Chapter 95.71 Honey bees are allowed on property five acres or more. Permit required for under 5 acres. (651) 747-3900 10-1-15
Lake St. Croix Beach Washington No online ordinances No one from the City returned my messages. (651) 436-7031 8-1-13
Lakeville Dakota title 11-35-3 Bees are classified as farm animals and are not allowed on residential property, 2-8-17
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Lino Lakes Anoka Zoning Restricted to agricultural zoned land 11-23-15
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Maplewood Ramsey   Considering an urban agriculture ordinance, but so far no actual ordinance. Bees are allowed unless they become a nuisance. (651) 249-2000 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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  8-1-13
Minneapolis Hennepin Section 74.80 Must get a permit from Minneapolis Animal Care and Control.   8-1-13
Minnetonka Hennepin   No ordinance on bees, so bees are allowed unless they are a nuisance. (952) 939-8200 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Moundsview Ramsey Title 700 Chapt 701 Bees allowed by permit. Link to permit   9-25-15
New Brighton Ramsey   Honey bees requrie permit link to pemit (651) 638-2100 6-1-15
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 8-1-13
North St. Paul Ramsey Section 95.23 Honey bees are classified as a farm animal. No farm animals are allowed within city limits.   8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Orono Hennepin Section 62-1 Honey bees are classified as a farm animal and are allowed in areas zoned for agriculture. (952) 249-4600 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Plymouth Hennepin Zoning Ordinance 21170.01 subd.3 Bees are only allowed in areas zoned future restricted development (rural). (763) 509-5080 8-1-13
Prior Lake Scott   No ordinance, so bees are allowed unless they are a nuisance. (952) 447-9800   8-1-13
Richfield Hennepin Section 905.41 Bees are considered non-domestic animals. All non-domestic animals are prohibited. (612) 861-9702 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Rogers Hennepin Section 125-1 Bees are classified as a farm animal and are allowed in areas zoned agricultural. (763) 428-2253 8-1-13
Rosemount Dakota   No ordinance on honey bees, so they are allowed. (651) 322-2022 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Sauk Rapids Benton Section 4.10, Subd.22(C) Permits beekeeping limited to six hives. (320) 258-5300
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
St. Paul Park Washington Ordinance #694 Honey bees are allowed; must get a permit and obey set back ordinance. (651) 459-9785 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Spring Park Hennepin   Bees are not allowed in city limits. (952) 471-9051 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
Virginia St. Louis Honey bees are defined as a farm animal. Farm animals are not allowed to be harbored within the city. 2-8-17
Waconia Carver Section 710.15 subd. 1 Bees are considered farm animals, so they are allowed in areas zoned agricultural. (952) 442-2184 8-1-13
Wayzata Hennepin   No ordinance, so bees are allowed unless they are a nuisance. (952) 404-5300 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13
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 8-1-13

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