Apiaries will not be allowed in townhomes or condominiums. An Exterior Alteration Application must be submitted for all apiaries requested for single family homes and will only be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Apiaries will not be allowed as an in-home business.
The application must include:
- Plot plan diagramed and labeled with the location of apiary.
Note: Applications without a diagramed plot plan will not be accepted.
- Description of and number of hives.
- Landscaping plan for screening and flight path prevention.
- Description of barriers.
- Flight path information.
- Registration of hives.
Your Exterior Alteration Application for an apiary will most likely be approved if you meet the following conditions:
- The hives are registered with the State.
- Hives are located no closer than 300 feet to any house or building used as a dwelling other than a house or building owned by the applicant.
- Apiary does not endanger public health or safety or create unreasonable interference with the use of others’ property.
- Adequate flight dispersing barriers are constructed and maintained that do not serve as a nuisance to nearby residences or Open Space areas that are for the enjoyment of the public.
- Apiary is not closer than one hundred (100) feet from public walking paths.
NOTE: In the State of Maryland bee hives must be registered. The apiary plan will clearly denote provisions for the containment and maintenance of the bees in a manner that they will not endanger other residents or the public or create an unreasonable interference with the use of others property.