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BILL NO. 18-0991st R

Agenda Title:

18-099 - 1R. An ordinance amending Chapter 3 of the Independence City Code establishing standards for the keeping of bee hives in the city limits.

Staff recommends approval of the adoption of the proposed amendment.

Executive Summary:

This proposed amendment to Chapter 3 “Animals and Fowl” establishes minimum standards for bee keeping including provisions relating to hive setback and water supply. The amendment is in conjunction with an amendment to Section 14-400 of the Unified Development Ordinance.


In response to a bee keeping violation a study group was formed consisting of the City Prosecutor, the Animal Control Supervisor, and representatives from Community Development to review the current standards and the need for additional regulations.  After several meetings, including one with two area beekeepers, a draft code was prepared. This draft affects two different chapters of the City Code: Chapter 3 ‘Animals and Fowl’ and Chapter 14, the ‘Unified Development Ordinance’ (UDO). 


The bulk of the bee code amendments reside in the Animals and Fowl chapter, and will be administered by the Animal Control division of the Police Department.  Aspects of this amendment include setbacks on the placement of hives from property boundaries, a required water source for the hives, flyway barriers, and a provision relating to the relocation of the hives if there is subsequent development of adjacent properties.

Department:          Community DevelopmentContact Person:          Tom Scannell

Community Development DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

Draft OrdinanceOrdinance
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