Urban Beekeeping Ordinance

Revised: 8/17/2017


With a growing interest by the Santa Ana Community in supporting the decreasing bee population due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and in the by-products of beekeeping, the Planning and Building Agency has been directed by City Council to research and develop code language related to beekeeping as an allowed use in residential and agricultural zones, similarly to those adopted by the cities of Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Portland San Francisco and Santa Monica.

The City of Santa Ana Planning and Building Agency is now in the process of drafting an ordinance for review and approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.  

Current Regulations

Currently the City of Santa Ana does not allow beekeeping in residential zones. Apiaries are allowed in the General Agricultural (A-1) zone with approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) by the Planning Commission.

Community Meetings

The community will have a chance to participate hands-on in the ordinance process by attending the following community scheduled on Thursday August 10, 2017 at City Hall (20 Civic Center Plaza, Ross Annex M-20,  Santa Ana, CA 92701) Conference Room 1600 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The community meeting will inform, encourage discussion and solicit feedback from the community to ensure that the ordinance expresses the vision, goals and ideas of the community as a whole. The public may also attend any scheduled public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council for the adoption of the ordinance.

Project Documents

Public Hearings

  • Planning Commission – Tentatively Scheduled for Monday September 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers
  • City Council – Tentatively Scheduled for October 10, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. in Council Chambers

Contact Us

For more information, questions or comments, please contact Jerry Guevara, Assistant Planner I, by email at jguevara@santa-ana.org or by phone at (714) 647-5481.