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The Vermont Statutes Online

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Title 6 : Agriculture

Chapter 172 : Inspection of Apiaries

(Cite as: 6 V.S.A. § 3034)
  • § 3034. Establishing an apiary location

    No person shall locate an apiary within two miles of an existing apiary registered to a different person, with the following exceptions:

    (1) A person may locate an apiary anywhere on the person’s own property.

    (2) Beekeepers with a total ownership of 10 colonies or fewer shall be exempt from this restriction.

    (3) Existing apiaries, provided that they are properly registered with the State, are exempt.

    (4) A person may locate an apiary within two miles of another existing apiary, provided the owner of the existing apiary gives written permission or the existing apiary has fewer than 15 colonies.

    (5) If a registered apiary of 15 or more colonies should fall below and remain below 15 colonies, anyone can petition the State and establish an apiary within two miles of the existing apiary, provided the number of colonies in the existing apiary stays below 15 for two years from the time of the petition. An apiary that loses the protection of the two-mile limit in this manner cannot be built back above the number of colonies it had at the end of the two-year period. (Added 1983, No. 83, § 1; amended 2019, No. 129 (Adj. Sess.), § 10; 2023, No. 6, § 61, eff. July 1, 2023; 2023, No. 73, § 16, eff. July 1, 2023.)