Newport News, Va

Sec. 45-518. - Accessory uses and structures customarily incidental to residential uses.

The following shall be deemed accessory:

Facilities for keeping small domesticated animals for household non-commercial use only. Such animals shall not be commercially raised or sold and kennels are prohibited. Beehives maintained as a hobby for household use and non-commercial purposes shall be allowed provided the following criteria are met:
No beehive may be placed or allowed to remain closer than three (3) feet from an adjoining property line.
No beehive may be placed or allowed to remain closer than fifty (50) feet from any house, dwelling unit, apartment, hotel, motel, office, commercial establishment, church or school with the exception of the owner's dwelling.
No beehive may be maintained unless the owner thereof provides for or has access to an accessible and adequate water supply within fifty (50) feet of each beehive.
The incidental keeping of non-transient boarders or lodgers by the owner-resident family when only one (1) family occupies the dwelling; provided, the number of such boarders or lodgers shall not exceed two (2) persons.
A swimming pool for the use of occupants of the premises or for guests for whom no admission or membership fee is charged.


Yorktown, VA

Sec. 24.1-271. Accessory uses permitted in conjunction with residential uses.

The following accessory uses shall be permitted in conjunction with residential uses. No accessory use, activity or structure, except fences, shall be constructed or conducted until the principal use of the lot has commenced, or the construction of the principal building/structure has commenced and is thereafter diligently and continuously pursued to completion. Land uses not listed in this section and not deemed similar to a listed use pursuant to subsection (q) shall be deemed not allowed as residential accessory uses:

(g) Beekeeping provided no beehive is closer than fifty feet (50’) to any dwelling, school or church establishment and that the owner provides a supply of water for the bees within fifty feet (50') of the hive.



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NewBees Corner


Information listed here is for the new beekeepers looking for new information and guidance on beekeeping and beekeeping chores:




Watching the 10 day weather forecasts? Spring is upon us! The maples are blooming, that purple stuff is coming up all over my yard, the bees are bring in pollen and surely some nectar. The 15 day forecast has the daytime temps in the 50's, 60's and even 70's and more importantly the nighttime temps are in the 40's and 50's. Those colonies are going to start building up. Time to get busy. Two hive manipulations to consider in these next couple of weeks are "Opening the Broodnest" and/or "Rotating Hive Bodies". If opening/expanding the brood nest I would caution to start slowly here in March but become familiar with the technique and get more agressive in April and May. Another thing to consider is adding supers at this time. A good discussion of adding supers early is given by Walt Wright in "Nectar Management 101". Here we go!