Are bees allowed? Yes, in A-1 Agricultural district
165.08 AGRICULTURAL ZONING DISTRICT REGULATIONS.
- Permitted Uses
Agricultural – animal raising (personal), provided no building in which animals are quartered shall be closer than 200 feet to the property line.
See Additional Note re: animals
Nuisance: Beekeeping in non-A-1 districts risk a zoning violation, which includes fines and removal.
Additional Notes: “Animal” is not defined for ag.
“Animal” is defined for Animal Protection and Control. (See http://polkcityia.gov/file.axd?file=/2014/10/chapter%2055.pdf)
2. “Animal” means a non-human vertebrate.
Gibbons stated on 3 1 16 that 55.01 2. does not apply to ag. Additionally, for Residential Zoning districts in 165.09 2. Principal Permitted Uses have ag as permitted, but honey and bees do not fit:
Agricultural – crop production only for growing of farm products such as vegetables, fruits, trees and grain but excluding crop storage, animal production or raising or roadside stands.
Contact: Jenny Gibbons
Title: City Clerk