Beekeeping Permits


On June 15, 2018, the Chanhassen City Council adopted ordinance 634 amending Chapter 4, license, permit and administrative fees; chapter 5, animals and fowl; and chapter 20 zoning of the Chanhassen City Code concerning beekeeping. 

Colonies/Hives Permitted

Acres Number of Colonies
1/3 to 1 acre: 2 colonies
1 to 2.5 acres: 4 colonies
2.5 to 10 acres: 8 colonies
10+ acres: no limit

Supporting Documentation

The following documents MUST be submitted along with the application:

  1. Certificate/proof of 16 hours of training in beekeeping
  2. Survey of property showing proposed locations of all hives*
  3. Notarized statement declaring that beekeeper has informed all adjoining neighbors of intent to keep bees.

*Colonies must be kept in the rear yard and be setback 25 feet from property lines.