In 2016, the Village Board approved an ordinance (Village Ordinance No. 2058) to allow beekeeping within the Village limits. The ordinance allows residents to maintain up to four colonies of honeybees on private property.
A permit and inspection is required. All beekeeping applications must be submitted by April 1st annually. In addition to the application, applicants must include a scaled dimensional map showing all adjoining structures and property lines together with the proposed apiary. Applicants must notify all residents of adjoining or diagonally abutting properties as well as those across an alley of their intentions to maintain honeybees. Verification of certified mailings to neighbors or a completed petition/waiver form must be submitted at the time the application is submitted. The form verifies neighbors are aware and approve AND approve a waiver if the location of the hives does not meet the code requirements. Beekeepers must also demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge and supportive resources in beekeeping.
Contact the Planning & Development Department if you have questions, 414.847.2640 or by email.