Beekeeping Ordinance Passes Madisonville City Council

May 9, 2013

Beekeeping is now legal in Madisonville after the city council voted in favor yesterday of an ordinance that would strike down the 47-year-old ban on hives.

Councilman Mark Lee, who sponsored the ordinance, said it passed unanimously and with no changes in a special-called meeting.

The ordinance will not permit commercial beekeeping, as citizens are limited to two registered hives per household. Each hive must meet structural specifications outlined in the ordinance, and bee owners must provide a well-maintained year-long water source for their bees.

Additionally, the ordinance requires a minimum $300,000 of liability insurance and written proof of consent from neighbors, should hives be within 75 feet of a property line.