Hive Registration, Branding, Tracking:
Registration varies between states. Contact your state apiarist for the regulations in your state. For a State Apiarist Directory see: http://www.betterbee.com/State-Inspectors?gclid=CPfAjPrNprICFYhxQgodul4AHQ
Registration in California:
Anyone who keeps bees in California must register with their local County Agricultural Commissioner (CAC) on a yearly basis. There are many reasons to make sure your bees are "on the books." Your County Agricultural Commissioner can be of assistance in:
- dealing with neighbors and local regulatory agencies
- notifications about local pesticide/herbicide applications
- referrals for swarm captures if you want them
Los Angeles County:
County of Los Angeles
Department of Agricultural/Weights and Measures
Apiary/AHB/Haz Mat Programs
Pesticide Regulation Division
12300 Lower Azusa Road
Arcadia, CA 91006
Conrad Burton, Inspector, Apiary/AHB/Haz Mat Programs
At a nominal fee per beekeeper, regardless of the number of colonies or apiaries, it's well worth it.
To help you out, we've attached the following form/information/codes.
(Note: The 2017 Apiary Registration Form and 2017 Apiary Registration Notification link to files on our LACBA website. They have been provided to us by Conrad Burton, Inspector, LA County Apiary/AHB/Haz Mat Programs Pesticide Regulation Division. When the LA County Apiary links are active, they will be posted on our LACBA website. If you have a problem downloading these links, PLEASE DO NOT contact the LA County Apiary Inspector, CONTACT LACBA Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!)
2017 Apiary Registration Form (Print out, fill out, return with appropriate fee. Form is revised yearly.)
2017 Apiary Registration Notification (Contains valuable information.)
Read about Bees In Our Environment Apiary Program
Apiary Protection Act Ag Code Apiary Protection Act Agricultural Code
California AG Code Apiary Reg California AG Code Apiary Regulation
City of Los Angeles:
The following is some helpful information from the LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Dept., Bee Program / HazMat, Conrad Burton - Inspector III.
"Most of you know that the City of Los Angeles passed Ordinance 183920 in October of 2015, allowing for more beekeeping in specific residential areas of the city. I was informed that the City of Los Angeles enforces this ordinance through the Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety (LADBS), Code Enforcement Bureau, and from my understanding fines are a minimum of about $360. Any violation of the beekeeping ordinance Ordinance 183920 will require payment to cover the cost of sending an inspector out. It is not meant to be a punitive fine, but nevertheless, if you're not in compliance and people complain, you are liable for minimum $360 for an inspection. If you have any questions you may email LADBS Assistant Chief- Frank Lara at email@example.com. He has been very helpful." Please contact the City of Los Angeles for further information regarding beekeeping in the City of Los Angeles.
Apiary Protection Act:
If you want more information about the Apiary Protection Act, on the internet, go to Division 13 Bee Management and Honey Production (Sections 290000-29736) of the California Food and Agricultural Code.
1220 N. Street, Room A-370
Sacramento, CA 95814
Title: Associate Agricultural Biologist
Name: Nick Condos
Fax: 916-654 0986
If you are registering with the State for a serial brand for your hives (to ID your equipment), especially those of us with enough hives to be doing commercial pollination, it's a one-time $25 fee. The application form is unavailable online. Please contact the CDFA directly at:
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street Room A-357
Sacramento CA 95814
Mr. Chung Lui
Integrated Pest Control
Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services
Branding irons, equipment, and supplies can be purchased through Brand New Industries https://brandnew.net/.
Hive Inspection Sheet:
Russ Levine, LACBA member, and owner of Bare Bees Honey, has created an excellent Hive Inspection Sheet which includes structure, strength, pests and treatments, frames of drawn honey, and much more to monitor and care for your hives. Download a free Hive Inspection Sheet.
Hive Tracks is a free web-based application beekeepers use to track their hives, queens, medications, feedings, changes, equipment and more: https://www.hivetracks.com/Default.aspx.