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Keeping bees

The keeping of bees in residential areas is permitted as a hobby provided you comply with the following requirements:

  • No commercial operation is to be undertaken, unless it is permissible within the land use zone of your premises and prior development consent has been obtained.
  • All provisions of the Apiaries Act 1985 are complied with at all times.
  • All hives are to be registered with NSW Department of Primary Industries.
  • The keeping of the bees complies with the Beekeeping Code of Practice of NSW(98KB, PDF).

It is recommended that you speak with your neighbours before keeping bees at your premises.

Complaints regarding the keeping of bees shall be directed to NSW Primary Industries on 1800 680 244 or online

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