A Beekeeping permit is required prior to having Bee's and must be reapplied for every two years along with $100 permit fee.


Download a keeping of Bee's application.

The following are required for application:

  • No beekeeping may occur on any property in the City without a permit issued by the City.
  • A permit application must be completed by the beekeeper on forms provided by the City with signed consent from the property owner, if different than the beekeeper.
  • The property must be zoned Agricultural (AG-1, AG-2), or single-family residential (R-1, R-2, R-3, or R-4).
  • The permit will be valid for a period of two years.
  • Permits are non-transferable from person to person or from property to property and do not run with the land.
  • All standards of practice and colony density standards shall be met in order for a permit to be issued.
  • A permit shall be administratively issued by the City Clerk if all of the conditions are met.
  • If any provisions of this Chapter are violated, the permit may be revoked by the City.
  • Beekeeping training is recommended for the beekeeper prior to issuance of an initial beekeeping permit by the city. Suggested beekeeping courses are offered by the University of Minnesota and Century College.

City of Cottage Grove

ATTN: Business Licensing

12800 Ravine Parkway

Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Beekeeping Courses/Education (Recommendations)

  • University of Minnesota Beekeeping Courses

  • Century College

Additional Resources

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Please contact the City Clerk's office at 651-458-2878 with questions. email City Clerk Tamara Anderson