Urban Beekeeping

The CSBA Best Practices committee completed the “CSBA’s Best Management Practices for Urban, Suburban and Small Scale Beekeeping“.

If you are interested in keeping bees in your community, you will need to check your municipal code to determine if bees are allowed. To check your municipal code, simply type ” ___ municipal code” in your search engine (___ is your municipality/county name). Click on the link and then conduct a search for “bees”. If there are any bans/restrictions, they should display.


The following municipalities and/or counties have been “mis-bee-having” and do NOT allow urban beekeeping. This is not an all-inclusive list! If you have any updates to this list, please contact me at: president@coloradobeekeepers.org.

Unincorporated Arapahoe County doesn’t allow backyard hives on lots smaller than an acre.

Lone Tree


Windsor Estates


There are many Front Range communities that have adopted reasonable restrictions on urban beekeeping. Links to the municipal code for these communities may be found here:

Adams County–Chapter 4, Page 244-246.

Arvada–Bee ordinance PASSED in August, 2012!


Brighton–Bee ordinance PASSED in March, 2015!




Douglas County

Fort Collins

Jefferson County–Bee ordinance PASSED in March, 2013!

Lafayette–Bee ordinance PASSED 1/2015!

Lakewood–Bee ordinance PASSED in December, 2012!



Parker [PDF]

Summit County (click on Chapter 3 and the regs start on page 103).


Wellington – Bee ordinance PASSED in April, 2014!


Windsor Beekeeping Ordinance


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