Residential beekeeping is critical to the success of urban gardens. So much so that Salt Lake City recently relaxed its beekeeping ordinance. Here are some quick facts provided by the city. The full article can be found at http://www.slcgov.com/slcgreen/food/birdsandthebees.htm.
Conditions for Residential Beekeeping:
Beekeeper must be registered with the Utah Department of Agriculture
Hives must be in side or rear yard
Bees permitted:common Honeybee (Apis mellifera) at any stage of its life, exluding the African Honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata) and any hybrids
Hives must have removeable frames
Hives must be five (5) feet from property line
Bees must have easy access to water on owner's property
Hives must be placed so that general flight patterns avoid contact with humans and domestic animals
Hive must be maintained according to Utah Bee Inspection Act
All those interested in keeping bees in Utah must apply for a license through the Utah Department of Agriculture.