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North Liberty

Are bees allowed?  Per zoning. See excerpt below or click on link:


YES, in ID Zone (Interim Development). Farming is permitted use.  See TABLE 168.01-A – ID ZONE USES

YES, in OFP Zone (Floodway). Agricultural Uses are permitted. See 168.11 OFP

A.Permitted Uses

(1)   Agricultural uses such as general farming, pasture, grazing, outdoor plant nurseries, horticulture, viticulture, truck farming, forestry, sod farming, and wild crop harvesting.

NO, in Residential Zones. See General Code Provisions Ch. 55 Animal Control


It is unlawful for a person to keep livestock within the City, except in compliance with the City’s zoning regulations. [Only chickens are allowed in Residential Zones, as addressed in subsequent sections.]

If a nuisance was called: Only code violations would be valid as complaints.

Additional notes: City is looking at regulating bees as a permitted use.


  • …. “Agriculture” means the tilling of the soil, raising of crops, animals, horticulture, gardening, and bee keeping.
  • ….    “Livestock” means one or more domestic animals of species bred or kept for production of food or fiber, for use as draft animals, or for riding.

“Livestock” is interpreted by City Attorney to include bees. “[P]roduction of food” was emphasized more than “domestic.”

Contact: Tracey Mulcahey

Department: Administration

Title: Assistant City Administrator

Email: tmulcahey@northlibertyiowa.org

Phone: 319-626-5712

County: Johnson