Registration for bee hives

Canberra beekeepers are required to register their hives, effective Monday 23 May 2016, under Amendments to the Animal Diseases Act 2005. This helps the ACT Government easily identify and contact beekeepers in the event of any possible outbreak of bee-related disease.

Registration is free and valid for three years and can be done one using the online registration form. Both commercial and non-commercial operators need to register, unless they have already registered in NSW.

Registered beekeepers are also asked to adhere to the Code of Practice for Beekeeping in Residential Areas; maintain a record of movement or sale or disposal of beehives; and promptly notify the ACT Chief Veterinary Office of any signs of a notifiable disease.