The following is a summary of what the club knows about rules and regulations regarding beekeeping in the Wenatchee Valley. Laws change from time to time, and we don’t always hear about it. Take this information as a suggestion, and check the laws directly for details.
Wenatchee: As of 1/1/2016, backyard beekeeping is specifically allowed on residential properties in the City of Wenatchee as per WCC Section 10.48.110(9). Beekeepers have some reasonable restrictions about where their hives are located on their properties. Beekeepers are also required to register with the city to indicate that they understand and will follow the ordinance. The registration is to be done before bees are kept on on a property. For the 2016 season, existing beekeepers should fill out this Beekeeping Registration Form as soon as possible, preferably before March. For questions, more information, or to check the zoning of your property, please contact:
Kirsten Larsen, Associate Planner
City of Wenatchee Community & Economic Development Department
1350 McKittrick Street, PO Box 519
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Ph. (509) 888-3254; Fax (509) 888-3201
Cashmere: There doesn’t seem to be any rules on the books regarding bees. With Cashmere, this indicates it’s not OK.
Leavenworth: According to Leavenworth city ordinance 6.16.020: Prohibited animals.
“It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep, harbor or maintain within the city limits any bear, chimpanzee, gorilla, badger, wolf, coyote, fox, nondomestic feline, including, but not limited to, lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, bobcats, ocelots, lynx and cougars, or vicious or venomous or poisonous wild animals or honey bees. Also prohibited are domestic farm animals including, but not limited to, pigs, hogs or swine, goats or sheep of any description, horses, mules, cattle or roosters of any description. The prohibitions shall not apply to the Humane Society or the Washington State Department of Game, or to the keeping, harboring or maintaining of goats as part of a commercial amusement enterprise in the tourist commercial district of the city authorized in accordance with Chapter 18.44 LMC….”
Chelan County: Bees aren’t listed as illegal as far as we know.
Douglas County: We don’t see where bees are NOT allowed.