Location of Apiaries

A. No person shall place or keep any apiary or cause or allow any apiary to remain closer than three hundred (300) feet to any house or building used as a dwelling other than a house or building owned or possessed by that person. The restrictions of this subsection are subject to the following exceptions:
1. If the residential use is begun after an apiary is in year-round operation, the three hundred (300) foot limitation shall apply only upon a separate determination by the Agricultural Commissioner that there are bees from such apiary which are entering land, other than where such apiary is situated, in an amount such as to endanger public health or safety, or to create unreasonable interference with the use of property of others.
2. The three hundred (300) foot limitation does not apply if adequate flight dispersing barriers (such as a fence, tree or line of trees or building) are constructed and maintained which, in the judgment of the Agricultural Commissioner, serve to prevent the apiary or apiaries from constituting a nuisance to nearby residents or the public.
3. The three hundred (300) foot limitation does not apply if the person placing or keeping the apiary has written permission from the affected resident waiving the distance requirement.

B. No person shall place or keep any apiary or cause or allow an apiary to remain closer than one hundred (100) feet from the exterior line of the traveled portion of a public road right of way without the prior approval of the Commissioner except for temporary purposes of transporting the same or pollination of a agricultural crop (pollinating apiaries are no longer exempt (30) days after crop bloom is complete). The Commissioner may adopt rules generally permitting placement or keeping of apiaries within one hundred feet from any public right of way, subject to conditions prescribed by the Commissioner, provided that such placement or keeping shall be consistent with generally accepted agricultural practices in Glenn County, as determined by the Commissioner.

C. No person shall maintain an apiary in any manner that prevents or hinders access to the inside of any hive for inspection by an authorized apiary inspector.

D. No apiary shall be maintained in any location whenever there are bees from such apiary which are entering land, other than where such apiary is situated, in an amount such as to endanger public health or safety, or to create unreasonable interference with the use of property of others, as determined by the Commissioner.

E. Any person in possession or control of an apiary shall, within five days after receipt of a written request therefore from the Commissioner, provide to the Commissioner a written list of the number and current locations of all colonies of bees in his or her possession or control within the county.
(Ord. 1201 ยง 1, 2008)