Is keeping bees permitted in Washington County?

Asked August 27, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

We were thinking of starting a couple bee hives on our property in the spring of 2015, but have heard that some places regulate this or prohibit this. We live in rural Riverside, outside of town limits. Thanks!

Washington County Iowa

2 Responses

Thank you for your message and for contacting Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.

A good resource for you will be the Iowa Honey Producers Association. You can contact a director from your area by reviewing their contacts page at http://www.abuzzaboutbees.com/beehive/IHPA-contacts.html There is a map at the bottom of the page.

Some cities regulate where you can keep honey bees but I'm not aware that counties do. To be sure, contact your county commissioners or administrator.

Thanks.

Donald Lewis

Thank you for your message and for contacting Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.

A good resource for you will be the Iowa Honey Producers Association. You can contact a director from your area by reviewing their contacts page at http://www.abuzzaboutbees.com/beehive/IHPA-contacts.html There is a map at the bottom of the page.

Some cities regulate where you can keep honey bees but I'm not aware that counties do. To be sure, contact your county commissioners or administrator.

Thanks.

Donald Lewis