Beekeeping

​Frequently Asked Questions
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On property zoned Agricultural or Agricultural-Residential, beekeeping is permitted so long as the hives are registered with the Ag Commissioner.

That is the only requirement; there are no other standards to enforce through Code Enforcement.  Complaints regarding bees in these zones should be directed to the Ag Commissioner at 916-875-6603 or agcomm@saccounty.net, who will then communicate with Code Enforcement regarding hives that are not registered with them, if needed.

On all other property in all other zones in Sacramento County, beekeeping is allowed so long as the lot size is at least 5,000 square feet.

Hives must be registered with the Ag Commissioner.  The minimum lot size for beekeeping is 5,000 square feet.

Two hives are permitted on lots less than 10,000 square feet.  Four hives are permitted on lots from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet.  Six hives are permitted on lots greater than 20,000 square feet.

Lots may temporarily have double the number of allowed hives for 60 days to allow for hive management and to minimize the likelihood of swarming.

Ground level hives shall be enclosed by fencing or a similar barrier to prevent unauthorized access.  A solid fence, dense hedge, or similar barrier must exist at the entrance to all hives at a minimum of 6' in height and 2' in width beyond both ends of the hives, between the hives and interior property lines.

Roof level hives are permitted when enclosed by fencing or a similar barrier to prevent unauthorized access.

A permanent fresh water source shall be provided within 15 feet on the same lot as the hives.