Keeping Chickens and Bees in the City
Bees and chickens are just two of the options for a backyard garden in Minneapolis.
Honeybees pollinate and fertilize many plants, helping your vegetables, flowers, fruits, and other garden plants thrive. You also get the benefit of being able to extract your own honey and beeswax.
Backyard hens are versatile. They lay high-quality eggs, but also act as master gardeners, pest exterminators, and before you know it, beloved members of the family.
These pages provide a summary of the City's rules governing the raising and keeping of bees and fowl:
- Raising bees in Minneapolis
- Raising fowl and small animals in Minneapolis
For Further Information on Permits:
Want information on how to raise chickens in your backyard? Backyard Chicken Basics, University of Minnesota Extension
Bee Smart, Bee Friendly, Help our Pollinators
Want to help bees but don't have a bee hive? Learn more about what you can do to plant and provide habitat for bees.
- University of Minnesota Bee Squad
- University of MN Bee Lab: Plants for Minnesota Bees
- The Beez Kneez Education program
- Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides
- Upper Midwest Plants for Native Bees, Xerces Society
- Beyond the Birds and the Bees report
- Healthy Bees Healthy Lives
- "Mitigating Pollinator Decline", Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, University of Minnesota
The photo at the right shows Mayor R.T. Rybak and the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Charlie Vigthe with two bee hives on the City Hall green roof. The hives are sponsored by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
Photo by: Julia Eagles
Last updated May 30, 2014