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“Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general.

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June 25, 2018 - Honey Bees

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 12:40 PM by Melissa Hill

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Q: Can I have a swarm of bees in the City of Red Wing. 

 Close-up image of bees inside a honeycomb structure of a bee hive.

A:  In the City of Red Wing, you must look at the planning & zoning code for your neighborhood.  Your residence must be zoned as agricultural if you plan on being a beekeeper in the City of Red Wing.   City Ordinance Chapter 10, Section 10.7 lists bees as a "Farm Animal" therefore keeping honey bees in an area not zoned as agriculture is not permitted in the City of Red Wing.  

Red Wing City Code, Section 10.7 defines farm animals as follows: 

“Farm Animals” - cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats, swine (except Miniature Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, subject to Subdivision 9 of this Section), ponies, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, guinea hens and honey bees. 


1.  U of M list of  municipalities bee ordinances: https://www.beelab.umn.edu/resources-beekeepers/ordinances  

2. Backyard beekeeping: https://www.extension.umn.edu/rsdp/northwest/sustainable-agriculture-and-food-systems/docs/Cass-Clay-Blueprint-Beekeeping.pdf 

3. City of Red Wing Zoning Map: http://corw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=e02ad74204d148d88ddd6a42d6e332fd 

4.  City of Red Wing Code, Chapter 10, Public Protection, Section 10.07, Animals & Fowl.