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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Wisconsin
Jurisdiction Name Madison
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
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

Enforcement provisions?
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);

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.