I would like to have contact info for Ed Smelko also. Not only am I interested in a tutorial, but if he wants to, I'd like to consider him as an expert for an ag expo we're planning for the Altona Grange in the Fall. Thanks.
We've been getting this question a lot lately at the City. Basically, the answer to your question is found in title 9 of the Longmont municipal code. Here's how it reads:
The keeping of bees in any greater number than four stands at any one place is a nuisance.
(Code 1981, § 5-5-16; Code 1993, § 9.04.020)
As you can see, there's not much to it. So, you can keep up to four stands on your property and you don't need a permit. I'm not sure what constitutes a stand, however. You may want to seek clarification from the City of Longmont's code enforcement department. Good luck with that.
We're almost done. The new ordinance goes to City Council on January 11th for the public hearing and second reading. If they pass it as is, it will be a permanent done deal. Everyone interested in backyard chickens should show up that evening and let City Council know that this is something they would liike to see happen. The City Council meeting starts at 7:00, but if you want to speak you need to show up early and sign up. The City Council chambers are located at 350 Kimbark Street (corner of 3rd and Kimbark).