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Minneapolis Beekeeping Rules and Regulations

This web page summarizes city policy related to beekeeping. The complete list of rules and regulations is located in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances (Title 4, Chapter 74, Section 74.80). Before applying for a permit, you are advised to read the full ordinance language.

What are the application requirements? 

Take a Class: Provide a certificate of completion of a honeybee keeping course from one of the following:

Provide Details: Specify the location and number of hives, colonies and/or facilities where honeybees will be kept. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) is required to inspect the location.

Notify Neighbors: Show proof that you have notified all your immediate neighbors that you plan to keep bees on your property. Your notification method must be approved by MACC. If you are a renter, you will also need approval from your property owner.

Pay a Fee: The beekeeping permit application fee is $100 and annual renewals are free. All permits expire on January 31st of each year.
 

What are the rules?


For further information or to apply for a permit, please contact Ann Thelen at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control:
Phone: 612-673-6258
Email: ann.thelen@minneapolismn.gov

Visit our Keeping Bees page to access additional resources and learn more about ways the City of Minneapolis supports beekeeping.

Last updated Apr 12, 2016

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