Honey Bees In The News....
Provo, Utah:  from the Daily Herald of 12 January 2011
"Beekeepers in Provo will now be able to keep their buzzing friends within
residential areas of the city after the Provo Municipal Council voted to
revise a city ordinance at their last meeting..."  
Terre Haute, Indiana:  from the Courier-Journal of 6 January
2011   "Western Indiana beekeepers who swarmed county officials with
complaints about proposed limits on their honey-making hobby have
forced officials to drop the proposal after warning that it would have
virtually eliminated the practice of backyard beekeeping..."
Spokane County, Washington:  Inland Empire Beekeepers
Association has an in-work on-line copy of the beekeeping
zoning ordinance and some good external links on the
Some city ordinances:

Boise ID - pages 16, 17
Citrus Heights CA
Fort Collins CO
San Diego CA
Seattle WA

Salt Lake City UT info
(I don't know if this has been enacted or
not, it is from 2009)
Ypsilanti, Michigan:  from Ann-Arbor.com "Ypsilanti residents can
now keep bees in the city, provided they follow a few rules.  The City Council
voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve the measure, a month after the council delayed
action to further explore the ordinance..."
Denver, Colorado:  from the Denver.yourhub.com of
November 2008  
"City passes ordinance allowing for beekeeping.    City
council members were buzzing over an ordinance that could lead to the
introduction of more bees in Denver.   C.B. 548, which passed on a 10-2 vote
Nov. 17, allows residents to keep up to two beehives in the rear third of their
backyards. Previously, homeowners were required to apply for a variance to
keep bees at their home..."
Granted some of these articles are older, but it appears
that people are starting to realize just how important bees
are in the scheme of things, cities are gradually relaxing
their rules and bans on beekeeping.
Do you have something to add?  Send me a web-link to your
favorite article or ordinance - we beekeepers have to stick
together on this one!                  
The WebWitch
10 Feb 2011
No Buzz Zones: 93 U.S. Cities and Towns Where Beekeeping Is
Still Illegal (Update) from
The Daily Green of 9 August 2010
"New York City recently made headlines by legalizing beekeeping, and
despite that many cities invite urban beekeeping, "No Buzz Zones" abound
in many cities, towns and counties that still equate beekeeping with
causing a public nuisance..."
(This is a great article by Kim Flottum)
Santa Monica, California:  from the 26 April 2010 LA Times
"Repeal sought of Santa Monica beekeeping ban
As hives die off nationwide, an activist says Santa Monica should halt its
policy of exterminating feral bees and instead legalize beekeeping. A city
councilman hopes to win support for a study..."
NYC, NY: from the 17 March 2010 Boston.com   "NEW YORK —
Urban beekeepers in New York City no longer have to keep their labors a
secret. The city’s health board voted yesterday to overturn a longtime ban
on beekeeping within city limits..."
p.s. - SC legislators are getting ready to vote on an
important change in honey sales regulations for hobbyists.
It is Important!   Check it out
Beeologics' Bees in the Media webpage:  
York County SC:  from the Herald-online of 8 Feb 2011
"County Council hears debate over hives in backyard.  A thriving
culture of backyard beekeeping in York County has flown under
the radar of county officials - until recently, when one resident's
honey bees became another neighbor's pool pests.
Now, the hive-dwelling pollinator is the subject of a controversy
over who in York County should be allowed to keep beehives in
their backyards..."
England: from the Independent of 20 Jan 2011
"Exclusive: Bees facing a poisoned spring.  New kind of pesticide,
widely used in UK, may be helping to kill off the world's honeybees.  
A new generation of pesticides is making honeybees far more
susceptible to disease, even at tiny doses, and may be a clue to the
mysterious colony collapse disorder that has devastated bees
across the world, the US government's leading bee researcher has
found. Yet the discovery has remained unpublished for nearly two
years since it was made by the US Department of Agriculture's Bee
Research Laboratory..." [neonicotinoid insecticides]