Beekeeping Codes

Thank-you to the Long Beach City Council for supporting urban beekeeping.  An Update of the approved codes to come.....


New codes as of 2015:  content to come




Historical posts to see where we came from below:

Long Beach is considering an update of the city codes that address the keeping of chickens, goats and bees.  The Sustainability Office led by Larry Rich has researched existing codes in other cities and has developed proposed changes.  The Environmental Committee last heard the draft changes in the city ordinances 3/18.

The City Council discussed proposed changes 7/16/2013.  The meeting was held in the Long Beach Council Chamber at 333 West Ocean Boulevard.  The Environmental Committee has now asked the full City Council to look at the proposed changes.  We are eagerly awaiting the date that this agenda item will come before the full council.


Here are the current and proposed policies on the keeping of backyard chickens, goats and bees.
Public discussion at Community Meetings were in June 2012 and the sessions were well attended by those in favor of the code changes. 


Current
Proposed
Chickens
·    Up to 20 may be kept at least 50 feet from 1 and 2 family residences or 100 feet from multi-family (3+) residences or hotels
·    1 chicken may be kept as a pet at least 20 feet from any dwelling
·    no crowing fowl
·    Up to 4 may be kept without required distance from neighboring residence
·    5 to 10 may be kept at least 25 feet from a neighboring residence
·    5 or more must obtain one-time permit from the animal care services (considering $25)
Goats
·    No more than 1 may be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences
·    May not be kept south of Anaheim Street
·    2 female pygmy goats (only) may be kept without required distance from neighboring residences
·    Must be licensed  annually by animal care services (considering $?)
·    Milk products produced are for personal consumption only
Bees
·    Hives must be kept at least 100 feet from neighboring residences and public ways (streets and alleys)
·    Must be kept 10 feet above the ground
·    Up to 5 hives may be kept at least 5 feet from property line
·    If a hive is less than 15 feet from a property line, a flyway barrier of at least 6 feet high must be maintained around the hive
·    Hives must be registered with the Los Angeles County Department of Agriculture ($10/year)

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing great information. it is really helpful.

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  2. I think some of this info is out of date. Or is the city site just incomplete?

    http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/beekeeping/

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  3. I think some of this info is out of date. Or is the city site just incomplete?

    http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/beekeeping/

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