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Urban Beekeeping - City Comparison Matrix (by HoneyLove.org)
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CityType of propertyNumber of HivesRegistration / Permit AgencyPlacement BarrierPrevent SwarmingRe queeningWater SourceMaintenance MaterialsDefinition of NuisancePenalties
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ChicagoSingle-Family Residential5Register with Illinois Department of Agriculture
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DenverSingle-Family Residential2rear portion of lot with 5’ clearance from property line6’ barrier (vegetative barriers OK)No storage of any beekeeing equipment or materials not in use
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New YorkSingle-Family ResidentialFile notice with Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and complete State Surveylocating hives where movement of bees does not become an animal nuisance.(see placement)(see nuisance)-Provide constant and adequate water source-aggressive or objectionable bee behaviors; hive placement or bee movement that interferes with pedestrian traffic or persons residing on or adjacent to the hive premises; overcrowded, deceased or abandoned hives.-
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Salt Lake CityResidential5 (10 if property is larger than 1/2 acre)Register with Department of Agriculture and FoodSide yard or read yard - Hive placed 5 feet from any property line and 6 inches above the ground6' barrier if within 15 feet of property lineProvide water between March 1st and October 31stStored in a sealed container or placed within a building or other bee-proof enclosureCivil notice of violation to such violator in lieu of a misdemeanor citation
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San DiegoSingle-Family Residential2 (pale color hives)San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner 15 feet from off-site residential structures, and 20 feet from the right of way and faces the most distant property line.The hives must be in a secured area not visible from the public right of way and surrounded by six foot high screens or be at least eight feet above grade.at least once every two yearsMaintained within 10 feet - equipped with a float valve or similar device
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Santa MonicaSingle-Family Residential2City’s Animal Control Office5 feet from property lines or 8 feet above adjacent ground level - hive entrance facing away from or parallel to the nearest property line(s)six-foot barrier (vegetative ok)Provide adequate living-space to prevent swarmingEvery 2 yearsprovided at all times on the property where the bees are kept Stored in a sealed container or placed within a building or other bee-proof enclosureExhibit defensive or objectionable behavior, interfere with the normal use of neighboring properties, swarming, do not conform to code, abandoned hives.Guilty of an infraction= fined no more than $250, guilty of a misdemeanor= $1,000, no more than 6 months in county jail...
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Seattle Residential, Multi-Family 4+Register with the State Department of Agriculture each year25 feet from any property line except when situated 8 feet high or when situated less than 8 feet above the adjacent existing lot grade and behind a solid fence or hedge 6 feet high parallel to any property line within 25 feet of a hive and extending at least 20 feet beyond the hive in both directions.(see placement)Adequate living-space required to prevent overcrowding or swarmingFollowing any swarming or aggressive behavior--Bees living in trees, buildings, or any other space except in movable-frame hives; abandoned colonies; or diseased beesNot to exceed $100.00
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LA County40$10 Registration required each yearNOTE: Property size restrictions based on LA County Zoning- not less than 1 Acre on CR, A1, A2 & RR property. City of Los Angeles current zoning codes allow beekeeping only in: A1, A2, M1
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