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
Bob Wieder, 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 included links to the 2014 Hive Registration Form and Notification Letter (which has useful information on keeping bees in Los Angeles County). See our Hive Registration page for additional information.