It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or operate any bee containment systems, honey-producing hives, or any such bee related production within the city limits, except under the following conditions.
   (A)   The maximum number of hives allowed shall be determined based on lot size as follows:
Lot Area (square feet)
Maximum Number of Hives Allowed
Less than 50,000
70,001 or larger
   (B)   No hive shall be located in a front yard and no hive shall be closer than 15 feet from any property lines.
   (C)   The area wherein the hive(s) shall be located shall be screened from view by either an opaque fence of not less than four feet in height, and/or an equivalent screening of vegetation. In no case shall a hive be visible from a public street or highway.
   (D)   Each hive must have an adequate water supply at the hive. The water supply must be unobstructed to allow for easy access to bees.
   (E)   All beekeeping equipment and hives must be maintained in good order and condition.
   (F)   The hive(s) shall be placed at ground level or securely attached to an anchor or stand.
(Ord. 2016-12, passed 5-17-2016) Penalty, see § 91.99