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Are bees allowed? Yes. There is no code regarding honey bees, therefore, honey bees are allowed. (No citation as there is no code regarding honey bees.)

If a nuisance was called: There is no code regarding honey bees, therefore, no code violation exists.

Additional notes: On June 18, 2015, a proposed chicken and rabbit amendment to ordinance was submitted in draft form and was passed three weeks later. Urban chickens are now allowed with permitting.

The Planning and Development contact mentioned that agriculture is not currently allowed in city limits but will be added within the year. Animals for ag are generally allowed on lots >= 3 A upon recommendation of the animal control officer.

Contact: Jeff Williams

Department: Police

Title: Animal Control Officer

Email: williamsj@ci.ottumwa.ia.us

Phone: 641-683-0661 (switchboard)

County: Wapello