Keeping Bees & Supporting Pollinators
Pollinators, specifically bees, are a necessary component of a healthy ecosystem and food system by pollinating vegetable, herb and fruit plants. In Minneapolis, keeping bees helps home gardens and the surrounding ecosystem thrive. Pollinator populations are in sharp decline because of an ongoing loss of habitat coupled with a large-scale expansion of pesticide use by homeowners, landscapers, property managers and farmers.
Beekeeping in Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis has made it easier for residents to apply for a permit to keep bees on their property. Click the links below to learn more about applying to keep bees in Minneapolis. A complete list of regulations is located in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.
- Minneapolis Beekeeping Rules and Regulations
- Quieres tener abejas en la ciudad de Minneapolis [Download as PDF]
- Tu Muv hauv Nroog Minneapolis [Download as PDF]
For further information or to apply for a permit, please visit the Animal Care and Control permits page or contact Teila Zoller at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control at 612-673-6246 or [email protected]
How Minneapolis Supports Pollinators
The City is taking steps to make city-owned land more pollinator friendly by planting more pollinator-friendly plants and reducing pesticide use on public property. The City also encourages residents and businesses to adopt pollinator-friendly practices, providing education and advocacy to help residents avoid pesticides that poison bees and butterflies through direct application or through plants pre-treated with pesticides. The City also supports landscaping or gardening with a mixture of flowering plants that can nourish pollinators all season long.
Read more about the City's commitment to protecting pollinators in the Minneapolis Pollinator Resolution.
Find more information on other ways the city is protecting pollinators here: www.minneapolismn.gov/environment/bees.
Other Strategies for Supporting Bees and Pollinators
Pollinator plants help pollinators by providing a diverse array of plants to support a variety of pollinators. Pollinators thrive when they have blooming flowers from April to September.
- Learn more from the UMN Bee Squad about when and what to plant to support bees.
Avoid using pesticides on yards and gardens and be wary of nurseries and garden centers that treat plants with pesticides before they are sold. They may also use pesticide treated seeds which imbeds the pesticide in the plant itself.
- Find more resources on protecting bees from pesticides (UMN Bee Lab link to pesticides).
- Find out more about Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides (Congressional Research Service)
Did you know? A team of City staff volunteer their time to maintain three beehives on the City Hall green roof. These beehives were donated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
Last updated Jan 16, 2019