Redwood City recently changed their beekeeping regulations to make backyard beekeeping easier for residents while addressing safety concerns.Bees are an important part of the ecosystem and Redwood City supports the keeping of bees while making sure that neighbors are not negatively impacted.
Effective October 12, 2016, the City has the following requirements:
Sec. 21.7. - KEEPING OF BEES—DISTANCE FROM DWELLINGS:
A bee hive shall be located a minimum of 25 feet from any dwelling on an adjacent property.
Sec. 21.8. - KEEPING OF BEES—QUANTITIES AND CONDITIONS
All hives shall be provided with an adequate and constant water supply on-site. Parcels of 3,000 square feet or less shall not contain more than two bee hives.
Sec. 21.9. - KEEPING OF BEES - NUISANCE:
A public nuisance shall be declared when bees are not kept in accordance with this article. Public nuisances are subject to code enforcement and potential remedies to correct the violation as provided for in this Code.
The San Mateo County Beekeepers Guild provides information, classes, and other support for bee keepers and also offers swarm and hive removal. For more information about beekeeping, see their website San Mateo County Beekeepers Guild or www.sanmateobeeguild.org.
Past Meetings and Comments
September 12, 2016 City Council Meeting - Second Reading
August 8, 2016 City Council Meeting - the City Council adopted the recommendation by Planning Commission.
April 5, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting - The Planning Commission recommended a 25 ft. setback and the limitation on number of hives per staff recommendation.