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Keeping Chickens and Bees in the City

Bees and chickens are just two of the options for a backyard garden in Minneapolis.

Honeybees pollinate and fertilize many plants, helping your vegetables, flowers, fruits, and other garden plants thrive. You also get the benefit of being able to extract your own honey and beeswax.

Backyard hens are versatile. They lay high-quality eggs, but also act as master gardeners, pest exterminators, and before you know it, beloved members of the family.

These pages provide a summary of the City's rules governing the raising and keeping of bees and fowl:

For Further Information on Permits:

Contact Animal Care and Control

Additional resources

Want information on how to raise chickens in your backyard? Backyard Chicken Basics, University of Minnesota Extension


Supporting Pollinators

Bee Smart, Bee Friendly, Help our Pollinators

Bees on City Hall

Want to help bees but don't have a bee hive? Learn more about what you can do to plant and provide habitat for bees.


The photo at the right shows Mayor R.T. Rybak and the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Charlie Vigthe with two bee hives on the City Hall green roof. The hives are sponsored by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Photo by: Julia Eagles



Last updated May 30, 2014