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Madison, Wis., Ord. No. 12-00025 (Mar. 6, 2012)
Brief Summary
This ordinance established a licensing requirement for beekeeping (annual license, fee of $10), and added new or amended various sections of the city's zoning code (Sec. 28.07, Sec. 28.08, Sec. 28.09) to allow and regulate keeping of bees as a permitted or accessory use in conservancy, agricultural, residential, and commercial districts. This law may have been revised since this ordinance was adopted.
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Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
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Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Madison
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?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
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?
No.
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?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. "Any person who keeps honeybees in the City of Madison shall obtain an annual license prior to January 1 of each year, or within thirty (30) days of acquiring the honeybees. The license year commences on January 1 and ends on the following December 31. Application shall be made to the City Treasurer and the fee for the license shall be ten dollars ($10.00)." Sec. 9.53.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. The Treasurer or other authorized individual shall ... assess and collect a late fee of five dollars ($5.00) from every owner of honeybees, if the owner fails to obtain a license prior to April 1 of each year, or fails to obtain a license within thirty (30) days of acquiring the honeybees. Zoning Administrator may revoke license for 3 or more violations within 6 months (Sec. 9.53);.
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
Uncodified version of ordinane creating new section 9.53 providing for licenses to keep honeybees; and creating or amending various sections of the city's zoning code (Sec. 28.07, Sec. 28.08, Sec. 28.09) to allow keeping of bees as a permitted or accessory use in conservancy, agricultural, residential, and commercial districts. Codified at Madison, Wis. , Code §§ 9.53, and various parts of Chptr. 28) (Zoning code). Did not check for updating because multiple code sections were involved.