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Best practices for raising bees and livestock animals in Portland

Portland residents are allowed to keep bees and livestock in their backyards. Rules governing the quantity, maintenance and location of animals help keep them safe and reduce impacts on neighboring properties.

In exchange for fresh eggs, honey and milk, caring for bees and livestock such as chickens and miniature goats can be rewarding and relatively easy, but they do require planning, commitment and daily care. 

The pages in this guide provide an introduction to the rules, regulations, and recommendations to help you properly prepare and care for bees and livestock animals on your property:

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Bees and Livestock Helpline

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During this hearing, the public is invited to provide testimony on the Proposed Administrative Rules for Title 13 – Portland Bees and Livestock Regulations