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Arizona Apiary Laws

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City Of Phoenix, Arizona Apiary Law

8-8 Regulations for keeping within City.

(a)    The maintaining or keeping of all animals within the City shall be allowed as stated above only so long as they do not cause, create or contribute to or become a health nuisance due to noise, the presence of flies, mosquitoes, insects, vermin, rodent harborage, odors, dust, ponded water, accumulation of manure, garbage, refuse or other obnoxious or putrescible material, or for any other like reason. Manure and droppings shall be removed from pens, stables, yards, cages, and other enclosures at least twice weekly and shall be removed from the premises at least twice each week. For the purposes of this provision "premises" means the lot or parcel of ground upon which the pen, stable, yard, cage or other enclosure is located.

(b)    No swine shall be kept within the City limits, except purebred miniature Vietnamese potbelly pigs and other similar purebred miniature pigs. Miniature pigs shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five pounds. No more than three miniature pigs shall be allowed per household. This ordinance shall not apply to or affect any prosecutions filed prior to the effective date of this ordinance.

(c)    Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the keeping of all animals within the City shall be subject to all pertinent regulations of the State of Arizona and the Maricopa County Board of Health.

(d)    No person owning, keeping, possessing, harboring or maintaining any animal, as defined in section 8-1, shall allow such animal to run at large.

(e)    The premises upon which fowl, rodents, cattle, horses, sheep or goats are kept shall always be sanitary and subject to inspection and regulation by the City Health Officer.

(f)    Keeping of bees.

(1)    It shall be unlawful for any person to keep bees on any lot or parcel of land consisting of less than six thousand square feet in area without first having obtained written permission, subject to the provisions of section 8-9, consenting to the keeping of bees on such lot or parcel from all of the lawful occupants and the lawful owners of adjoining lots or parcels of land, as defined in section 8-1, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the property whereon the bees are kept.

(2)    It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain more than one hive or colony of bees for each one thousand seven hundred square feet of area within any lot or parcel of land upon which bees are kept or maintained.

(3)    No hive or colony of bees shall be kept or maintained within five feet of any boundary line of the lot or parcel upon which the bees are kept.

(4)    Any person keeping or maintaining bees within the City shall provide a constant and easily accessible supply of water of sufficient quantity to meet the needs of all bees being maintained.

(Code 1962, § 8-9; Ord. No. G-1063, § 1; Ord. No. G-1367, § 1; Ord. No. G-1482, § 1; Ord. No. G-3399, § 1; Ord. No. G-5558, § 1, adopted 10-20-2010, eff. 11-19-2010)

State Of Arizona Laws

(D) Instruction to Deputies:


The Arizona Apiary Inspection Law of 1921 charges the Arizona Commission of Agriculture and Horticulture with the duty of making and keeping of Arizona free from the contagious and infectious diseases of honey bees.  To reach this end the Commission is authorized to make rules, regulations and ordinances and to perform acts which, in its judgment, are necessary to control, eradicate or prevent the introduction into the State of any bee diseases.  Refer to Section 170 Apiary Law.

The rules and regulations which in the judgment of the Commission of Agriculture and Horticulture, at the present time, are necessary to carry on this work are the following:

(A) General Rules For All Beekeepers

Rule 1.  The keeping of bees in box hives, log "gums," or in any other form of container, or in a condition in a movable frame hives which does not permit of the ready removal of the brood combs for thorough inspection is hereby prohibited.

Rule 2.  The keeping of bees in houses or locations which are not readily accessible for thorough inspection in hereby prohibited.

Rule 3.  Whenever inspection discloses that bees are being kept in places or containers, or condition which are not accessible for the proper inspection, the Inspector of Apiaries or his Deputy shall notify the owner of such bees in writing, advising him of the location, and requesting him to make them accessible within a specified length of time. If the owner shall neglect, fail or refuse to make these changes within the specified time the bees hives and combs shall be condemned and destroyed by the inspector.

Rule 4.  It shall be the duty of the owner of the bees to provide assistance for the inspector wile inspecting his bees, assisting the Inspector in locating the bee yards, handling the supers, and anything else that will help the work along.

Downloadable PDF Of Full Regulations

Federal Regulations Governing Transportation and Importing Honey Bees

Arizona Apiary Inspector Information:

Arizona Department of Agriculture Agricultural Consultation & Training

Assistant Director: Brett Cameron

1688 West Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-542-0984
Fax: 602-364-0830
Land Grant University Website:

State Beekeeper's Association:

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