Urban Beekeeping

The following municipalities and/or counties have been "mis-bee-‘havin'" 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.

Mis-Bee-Having

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

Lafayette–Bee ordinance PASSED 1/2015!

Lone Tree

Superior

Windsor Estates

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 you 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.

Bee-Having

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!

Aurora

Brighton–Bee ordinance PASSED in March, 2015!

Broomfield

Centennial

Denver

Douglas County

Fort Collins

Jefferson County–Bee ordinance PASSED in March, 2013!

Lakewood–Bee ordinance PASSED in December, 2012!

Littleton

Louisville

Parker [PDF]

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

Thornton

Wellington - Bee ordinance PASSED in April, 2014!

Westminster

Windsor Beekeeping Ordinance

Did you survive the first round of urban beekeeping challenges? If so, you are ready to move to round 2–your HOA! If you live in an HOA, you need to double-check your HOA covenants to see if beekeeping is allowed.

Best Practices

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