[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Shaler 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. 1848. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the meanings ascribed in this section unless the context of their usage clearly indicates another meaning:
- Any place where one or more colonies or nuclei of bees are kept.
- Any stage of the common hive or honeybee (Apis mellifera) or other species of the genus Apis.
- An owner of an apiary or a person who has charge of an apiary or one or more colonies of bees in Shaler Township.
- BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMPs)
- The policies, procedures and methods contained in the compliance agreement for beekeepers who are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
- An aggregate of bees consisting principally of workers, but having, when perfect, one queen and at times many drones, including brood, combs, honey and the receptacle inhabited by the bees.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
- Any frame hive, box hive, box, barrel, log, gum, skep or other receptacle or container, natural or artificial, or any part thereof, which may be used or employed as a domicile for bees.
- OWNER OF AN APIARY
- Includes all colonies owned by an individual and located in any permanent location or locations within Shaler Township.
- The Township of Shaler.
- A contiguous parcel of land under common ownership.
- UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY
- Any idle land that is not improved or actually in the process of being improved with residential, commercial, industrial, church, park, school or governmental facilities or other structures or improvements intended for human use or occupancy and the grounds maintained in association therewith. The term shall be deemed to include property developed exclusively as a street or highway or property used for commercial agricultural purposes.
The purpose of this chapter is to avoid problems that may otherwise be associated with the keeping of bees in populated areas.
Notwithstanding compliance with the various requirements of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any beekeepers to keep any colony or colonies in such a manner or of such disposition as to cause any unhealthy condition, interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of human or animal life of others, or interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of any public property or property of others.
All beekeepers owning or maintaining an apiary in the Township shall also register all bee apiaries located in Shaler Township with the Township Zoning Officer.
All beekeepers owning or maintaining an apiary in the Township shall practice those best management practices as set forth by the Department.
It shall be unlawful to maintain or to be the owner of an apiary located in the Township without first obtaining from the Department a best management certification and executing the Department's Compliance Agreement for Beekeepers.
All beekeepers owning or maintaining an apiary in the Township shall promptly notify the Township Zoning Officer without unnecessary delay and in no event longer than 48 hours if the Department revokes such beekeeper's best management certification.
In each instance in which any colony is situated within 25 feet of a public or private property line of the tract upon which the apiary is situated, as measured from the nearest point on the hive to the property line, all beekeepers shall establish and maintain a flyway barrier at least six feet in height, consisting of a solid wall, fence, dense vegetation or combination thereof that is parallel to the property line and extends 20 feet beyond the colony in each direction so that all bees are forced to fly at an elevation of at least six feet above ground level over the property lines in the vicinity of the apiary.
All beekeepers in Shaler Township shall ensure that a convenient source of fresh water is available to the bees at all times during the year so that the bees will not congregate at swimming pools, pet watering bowls, bird baths or other water sources where they may cause human, bird or domestic pet contact.
Any person who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the terms or provisions of this chapter or any regulation or requirement pursuant thereto and authorized thereby or who shall fail, neglect or refuse to remove any unlawful colony or colonies without unnecessary delay shall, upon conviction before any Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of $600 per day for each and every offense as well as costs of prosecution and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 10 days. Whenever such person shall have been notified that he or she is committing such a violation of this chapter, each day that he or she shall continue such violation after such notification shall constitute a separate offense punishable by a like fine or penalty.