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Welcoming Bees to Manchester

Domestic honey bees may be buzzing within Manchester city limits, thanks to an ordinance that unanimously passed at the Aug. 3 Board of Aldermen meeting. The ordinance was introduced at the July 20 without opposition.

Under the new amendment, a few of the key beekeeping regulations include:

  • Beekeepers shall seek to comply with the best management practices for Missouri beekeepers as developed by the Missouri State Beekeepers Association (MSBA).
  • All bee colonies shall be kept in inspectable type hives with removable combs, which shall be kept in sound and usable condition.
  • Hives are not permitted within 10 feet of a lot line as measured from the closest point of any lot line to the closest point of the hive.
  • Hives shall be located only in the rear yard. No hive is permitted within 10 feet of a building used for human habitation on an adjoining lot as measured from the closest point of such building to the closest point of the hive
  • Beekeepers shall practice good swarm prevention techniques.
  • It shall be unlawful to keep more than five colonies on any lot within the city.

Existing beekeepers would be granted an extension for compliance with the location of any hive, up to and including Jan. 1, 2021. 

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