Does your city allow beekeeping?
Some cities allow beekeeping and others do not. City councils that have changed their bylaws have done so after presentations by beekeepers about the benefits of bees and beekeeping.
Need help with city bylaws?
Here are some progressive cities that allow beekeeping, along with a copy of their bylaws. You can use their bylaws to draft suitable set of guidelines for your municipal council.
Vancouver BC Canada - similar bylaws to other surrounding municipalities thanks to the help of beekeepers in the city
New Westminster BC Canada - Bylaws were drafted by John Gibeau who was also instrumental in helping other beekeepers achieve bylaw changes for City of Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley township and Port Coquitlam.
City of North Vancouver Canada - provides Hobby Bee Keeping bylaws
Maple Ridge BC Canada - Bylaw regulating hobby beekeeping
Delta BC Canada - allows 2 hives and 2 nucleus colonies on a city lot
Surrey BC Canada - allows urban beekeeping
Vernon BC Canada - Beekeeping only on land zoned for agriculture
Kamloops BC Canada - allows 2-10 beehives depending on the lot size
Dawson Creek BC Canada - allows a max of 2 colonies and 2 nucs
Calgary AB Canada - has no restriction unless there is a complaint
Edmonton AB Canada - allows 1 hive and 1 nuc on a city lot
Saskatoon SK Canada Section 21.1- allows for bees provided that they do not exhibit defensive behaviour.
Winnipeg MB Canada- recently expanded approval for beekeeping from downtown to all areas within the city.
New York City legalized beekeeping in 2010 with guidelines for responsible beekeeping
Burnaby BC has an attractive brochure with information for keeping bees in their city
Adony Melathopoulos at Oregon State University has very helpful guidelines on best practices for keeping bees in residential areas
PROVINCIAL BEE ACTS AND REGULATIONS