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I just got off of the phone with planning and zoning. They just told me you can't have bees or chickens unless your property is at least 400' from a residential property line. My understanding was Henrico Co. didn't regulate beekeeping. What changed?

I was in the process of putting hives with some family members, but it looks like that won't be possible. Meanwhile, the City of Richmond allows both bees and chickens.
 

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I'd do some more research. It's possible that the person you spoke with may not know what the county code regarding bees really is. Call your county extension office, or state ag agency.
 

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You can research the Henrico County code here:
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14737

I did not find a single reference to "apiary", "bees", or "beekeeper". There are references to "poultry", but those sections don't say anything about bees.

I would ask the Zoning folks to cite the specific section of the Code that allegedly restricts bees.
 

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You might want to post this on the Richmond Beekeepers Association's Facebook. Maybe a member will know more about the policies in Henrico.
 

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When did Varina/E. Henrico get all citified? Did some checking around today, and both sources said I'd likely have to fly under the radar. Major bummer. We're talking 2+ acres!!!

Urbanoutlaw loves to push the envelope when flying solo, but there's no sense getting the wingman (aka family) in legal trouble....
 

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I agree, check with extension office, they will know. I had to do the same thing here to get a correct answer.
 

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W/Henrico here, I looked for several months last year before starting a couple hives. As Rader posted, some info about poultry and swine, I could not find anything on Apiaries or keeping bees.
Soon to be 4 hives this year which will be my self imposed limit.... Until someone says otherwise.
 

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Do you pay property taxes? I'd probably tell them to take a flying leap.

It's easy for me to say this, since we live on and own a farm, but I'm not sure beehives in town is a great idea, but hey, more power to you. I do think you have potential for problems, BUT I am big on personal freedoms as well. I don't like anyone telling me what I can and can't do on my own land.

If you do ever move to the country, don't be one of "those" people who move from the city to the country complain about "the smell." If you buy a house beside a cattle farm, expect it to smell like cow manure.

I still don't understand why anyone wants to live in any city, town, township, suburb, etc... All I ask is that when you folks do decide to move out into the country, don't move to north AL. There's too many people here already.
 

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If you do ever move to the country, don't be one of "those" people who move from the city to the country complain about "the smell." If you buy a house beside a cattle farm, expect it to smell like cow manure.

I still don't understand why anyone wants to live in any city, town, township, suburb, etc... All I ask is that when you folks do decide to move out into the country, don't move to north AL. There's too many people here already.
Just so you know, not all us transplants are evil ;)

It's a long story, but I was an Agriculture major and horse owner in a previous lifetime. Did my fieldwork mainly on goats and swine, so no chance I'd complain about the smell. :no: My patio is crowded with food plants, herbs, bee flowers, because concrete and manicured lawns make me feel dead inside. If I ever get to the country I will be in some serious heaven.

One generation removed from farming, so it must be in the blood.
 

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ditto to what Brad Bee said. To many people move in and then start complaining about what is around them. I used to work as a County Sheriff's Deputy and have heard it all. I once had a man 5 miles from any town complain about his neighbors legally dove hunting. He wanted to know how I could allow them to shoot in the "city limits". I told him that if he wanted to live in the "city limits" he had better start packing. LOL
 

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I was an Agriculture major.
I was too and I no longer work in that industry, except for farming on the side. Cows, hay, bees....

If I ever get to the country I will be in some serious heaven.
No need in not living in the country. Life is too short to not to do something that is doable. Put up a for sale sign and move!
 
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