|Spokane City Beekeeping Regulations|
|Written by InlandBeemail Admin|
|Thursday, 24 January 2008 20:13|
In the city of Spokane, Beekeeping is allowed as an accessory use on single-family residence lots. The city code requires that all beekeepers within the city of Spokane register their hives with the State of Washington, and that they complete an apprentice level beekeeping class. A beginning beekeeping class is offered by the IEBA each January for persons who are interested in the hobby of beekeeping. Additionally, the City Code allows the city and the association to remove nuisance hives that are not properly maintained.
If you have questions about bee behavior, identification, or other issues, check out the
General Guidelines for beekeeping in the City of Spokane.
Note that fast growing vines like gourds and Virginia Creeper work well to direct the bees upward. Do not forget to place the front of your hives towards the barrier and to set them back approximately 3 to 4 feet to allow the bees room to maneuver and land.
To view an annotated outline of the city code, go to http://inlandbeemail.com/beekeeping_regulations-annotated/img0.html . Or you can download a .pdf version of the code here
If you have compliance questions, please call or e-mail the Inland Empire Beekeping Association and someone will be pleased to assist you with your questions.
Spokane City Beekeeping Code
Bee. Means any stage of development of the common domestic honey bee, Apis mellifera species.
Beekeeper. Means a person owning, possessing or controlling one or more colonies of bees.
Colony. Means a hive and its equipment and appurtenances, including one queen, bees, comb, honey, pollen and brood.
Hive. Means any Langstroth type structure with movable-frames intended for the housing of a bee colony. A hive typically consists of a cover, honey supers, brood chambers and a bottom board.
A. Where permitted. Beekeeping is allowed as an accessory use on lot occupied by a single-family residence that is in the RA, RSF, RTF, RMF and RHD zones. Beekeeping for educational or research purposes by an institution such as a college, high school or agricultural extension office is allowed as a Type II conditional use permit in all other zones, subject to the requirements of section 17C.310.130(B)(1) through (6).
B. Standards Applicable to Beekeeping. Beekeeping is subject to the following standards:
1. Location, Density and Maintenance of Colonies.
a. The number of colonies is limited to one colony per 4,350 square feet of lot area, up to a maximum of eight colonies regardless of lot size, and
b. Colonies shall be setback a minimum of 25 feet of any property line, except that a colony may be situated within 10 feet of a side lot line or rear lot line provided the following provisions are met:
i. The beehives are isolated from public access by a security fence as required under 17C.110.230(F); and
ii. The beekeeper establishes and maintains a flyway barrier at least 6 feet in height consisting of a solid wall, solid fencing material, dense vegetation or combination thereof that is parallel to the property line and extends ten feet beyond the colony in each direction so that all bees are forced to fly at an elevation of at least 6 feet above ground level over the property lines in the vicinity of the colony; or
iii. The colony is situated ten feet or more above the grade of the nearest adjoining property line.
2. Colonies shall be maintained in movable-frame hives with adequate space and management techniques to prevent overcrowding and swarming.
3. In any instance in which a colony exhibits aggressive or swarming behavior, the beekeeper must ensure that the colony is re-queened. Aggressive behavior is any instance in which unusual aggressive characteristics such as stinging or attacking without provocation occurs.
4. Every beekeeper shall maintain an adequate supply of water for the bees located close to each hive.
5. Registrations and Training.
a. All colonies shall be registered with the Director of the State Department of Agriculture pursuant to RCW 15.60.021 prior to April 1st of each year.
b. The beekeeper shall have completed the requirements for apprenticeship level of the Washington State Beekeeper’s Association master beekeeper certification program.
Other zoning resources
LSU Model Beekeeping Ordinance This publication includes information on inspection, proper care, maintenance registration, number of colonies, site selection and rules for correct beekeeping.
Proposed amendment for Vancouver B.C. The changes were recently adopted and currently urban beekeeping is regulated and promoted in the city.
Policy Report - Hobby Beekeeping (Urban Apiculture) in Vancouver
Free Online Legal Resources:
Overview of Municipal Animal Control Ordinances Michigan State University College of Law: Animal Legal & Historical Web Center
AnimalLaw.com AnimalLaw.com provides access to legislation and legal matters pertaining to the rights and welfare of animals. AnimalLaw.com supports information concerning animal cruelty, animal control, laboratory animal welfare, the use of animals in education, product testing and in the laboratory, animal control issues, and general animal welfare.
Significant court cases used in other states as precedents of law
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The Secret Life of New York Bees
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