PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bee enthusiasts in Portland hope the city or Multnomah County can make it easier to keep honeybees.

The Portland city code requires aspiring beekeepers to get a permit, and that includes notifying all nearby residents of their intentions. Enforcement, however, is handled by Multnomah County, and it requires the added burden of getting the written consent of all residents and property owners within 150 feet of the property line.

Beekeepers say 100 percent approval can sometimes be an impossible to hurdle to overcome because some people are afraid of bees and others simply don't want to sign any slip of paper.

They have asked officials to relax that standard, but city and county leaders have yet to budge.

There are only 85 active beekeeping permits in Portland, and it's believed many keepers are operating outside the law.