Some questions you may like to ask yourself before you start beekeeping are: Does the council permit beekeeping in an urban area? Some have by-laws that allow beekeeping until they become a problem. Will your neighbours object? Is your property suitable - morning sun, dry, sheltered, away from main activities?
Get a fellow beekeeper to check out your garden and advise you of the best location and determine the bee's flight path. Sit the hives well away from cloth's lines as bee defecate on the wing.
Dirty washing and bees drinking from swimming pools are the most common complaints received about bee keeping in urban areas.