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Check if you need a licence to keep bees

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Not all beekeepers need a licence, but all beekeepers have to register their apiary.
For more information, see Register your apiary.

​Keeping bees in a public place

You will need a licence if you want to place bee hives in a public place.

We will consider the proposed location of the hives and whether the bees may cause nuisance to the public.

If we approve your application, you will need to pay a licence fee.

Contact us and speak to a park advisor.

Keeping bees on your property

You don’t need a licence to keep bees on your property, but you do need to follow minimum standards for responsible beekeeping.

See Manage your bees.

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