Hive Registration


Registration varies between states. Contact your state apiarist for the regulations in your state. For a State Apiarist Directory see:


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 (experienced beekeepers)

California Leglisative Information Regarding Keeping Bees in California:

CDFA Laws Pertaining to Bee Management & Honey Production

CDFA Apiary Protection Act Agricultural Code 29000-29013 

CDFA Registration & Identifiction of Apiaries 29040-29056

California Legislation regarding Africanized Honey Bees:

7/31/2017  California Legislative Information re Africanized Honey Bees Assembly Bill 861 (Dahle) Africanized Honey Bees.  This bill would provide that a city, county, or city and county may, by ordinance, establish procedures for the abatement of a hive or comparable apparatus where Africanized or overly defensive honey bees are present.


There are over 80 incorporated cities in Los Angeles County. They have different ordinances, regulations, and rules. Make sure you check with the city where you will be keeping your hive(s) to insure you are in compliance.

County of Los Angeles
Department of Agricultural/Weights and Measures
Apiary / AHB / Haz Mat Program
Pesticide Regulation Division
12300 Lower Azusa Road
Arcadia, CA 91006
Tel: (626) 459-8894
Fax: (626) 443-6652  

Noriel Reyes, Apiary Inspector III
Apiary /AHB/ Haz Mat Program

Persons registering their apiary for 2019 must do so before January 1, 2019, or when your apiary first enters the county. A $10.00 fee will be required per owner at the time of registration. A fee of $10.00 is required per owner at the time of registration. At a nominal fee per beekeeper, regardless of the number of colonies or apiaries, it's well worth it.

2019 Apiary Registration Form (Print out, fill out, return with appropriate fee. Form is revised yearly.)  

2019 Apiary Registration Notification (Contains valuable information.)

Registration Forms Pertaining to Pesticide Use

General Bee Information

County of Los Angeles: Bees in Our Environment Brochure

California Legislative Information Regarding Keeping Bees In California (Repeated from above):

CDFA Laws Pertaining to Bee Management & Honey Production

CDFA Apiary Protection Act Agricultural Code 29000-29013 

CDFA Registration & Identifiction of Apiaries 29040-29056

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  He has been very helpful." Please contact the City of Los Angeles for further information regarding beekeeping in the City of Los Angeles. 

City of Pasadena: Pasadena Zoning Determination for Keeping Bees
City of Pasadena's Zoning Administrator, Kelvin Parker, clarifies, for all intents and purposes, the legal status of backyard beekeepers in Pasadena. 

City of Santa Monica Bee Ordinance

Ventura County: 
Registration Form (Ventura County)

County of San Diego
Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures
Jaime Garza | Apiary/Agricultural Standards Inspector
Phone: 858-614-7738 | Email:

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.  

California Department of Food and Agriculture

1220 N. Street, Room A-370
Sacramento, CA 95814
Title: Associate Agricultural Biologist
Name: Nick Condos
Phone: 916-653-1440
Fax: 916-654 0986