The City Council at a 7:30 p.m. meeting will consider legislation allowing residents to raise fowl and keep bees on their property—in recognition, lawmakers say, of “a growing trend of sustainable urbanism.”
One ordinance would permit Yonkers residents with single-family homes to keep up to four hens or female ducks—but not crowing roosters—in coops on their property.
The ordinance does come with some regulations: The coops would have to be kept clean and secure, and be least 25 feet from the neighbors’ property line. And while there would be no restrictions on the breeds of chickens or ducks, slaughtering them or selling their eggs and manure would be prohibited.
People wishing to keep fowl would also have to obtain a city permit and pay a $10 annual fee.
Another ordinance would allow the keeping of various bee species—other than hyper-aggressive wasps or Africanized bees—at one- and two-family homes measuring at least 5,000 square feet, as well as on rooftops of multi-family buildings, as long as the hives are at least 15 feet from the property line.
Local apiculturists would have be at least 21 years old to obtain a permit, which the city may revoke “for any reasons (it) deems necessary for the protection of the public’s health.”
See the full council agenda here.