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Black Earth, Wisc., Code § 100-8 (current through May 10, 2016)
Brief Summary
Allows for and creates regulations and permitting process for beekeeping in residential areas. Requires an annual permit, plus notification to neighbors with an opportunity to object. Allows up to six hives to be kept on the property. Honey produced by the hives can't be sold on the property unless a conditional permit is obtained.
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Expressly allows something.
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Type: Other
Jurisdiction Name: Black Earth
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Unclear. States that "honeybee hives support a healthy urban food supply." § 100-8 (A)(1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Refers to the importance of honeybees as pollinators for wildlife that depend on them as a food source and for the plants they consume. § 100-8 (A)(1).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The Village Board finds that honeybee pollination is important to wildlife that depend on honeybees for a food source and as pollinators of the plants they consume. Further, honeybee hives support a healthy urban food supply." § 100-8 (A)(1).
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Unclear. There is not a specific section called purpose or intent, but the provision indicates that the purpose is to allow "honeybees [to] be kept on any lot, regardless of zoning, subject to the limitations set forth [in the provision]." § 100-8 (A)(1).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 100-8(D).
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Permits must be obtained from the Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer and renewed annually. The Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer must also notify residents within 200 feet of permit applicant's property that the application has been filed. If more than 50% of the neighbors object, or if a neighbor has documented proof that they are allergic to bees, the permit will be denied. § 100-8 (B)(1)-(3).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. "Violations shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1-4 of the Village Ordinances." § 100-8 (B)(4).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Part II, General Legislation; Chapter 100, Animals; Article III, Restrictions on Keeping Dogs, Cats and Other Animals; 100-8, Beekeeping. History: Added 3-1-2016 by Ord. No. 07-02-2015.