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Old 06-29-2018, 10:42 AM
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Jus Teasin
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Originally Posted by sea tonic View Post
We don't have any commercial crops. We were actually thinking that having them on the property would allow us to have the zoning changed from residential to agricultural resulting in a much lower property tax assessment. Its good to hear that the bees themselves don't cause any issues.
It's nice if you can get it! I have 24 cows on 41 acres, and my tax is under $200 per year,
But, you're not going to get the AG qualification with a couple of beehives!

You need to read the requiremants of your state/county. These are the "Bee" conditions in Martin county (Stuart) Florida https://www.pa.martin.fl.us/learn-mo...classification
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  • Beekeeper must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provide the Martin County Property Appraiser a copy of their registration.
  • Beekeeper must have all hives inspected annually and provide Martin County Property Appraiser with a copy of inspection certificate.
  • Beekeeper must have their own, or access to, honey extracting equipment and hive building and repair equipment.
  • Beekeeper must provide the Martin County Property Appraiser with a copy of their federal IRS form 1040F or 1040C or other approved document showing business activity in beekeeping.
  • Land classified as agricultural for beeyards would be land area that is used to house bees and produce plants that produce nectar or forage for the bees. Adjacent land areas used by the bees but not owned by the applicant cannot be considered as part of the application. Beeyards would have 24 hives or colonies per acre. A hive being a receptacle that houses a colony of bees or localized population of bees.
  • Leased land can be granted when the following conditions are met. (a) The applicant provides the Martin County Property Appraiser a copy of a bona fide lease, (b) a copy of the beekeepers registration, (c) a copy of the current year's inspection certificate from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for all hives located on the property of the applicant, (d) location of the beekeepers extraction and hive repair facilities.
They will come out and verify!
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