LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Dept., Bee Program / HazMat. Conrad Burton - Inspector III, October 21, 2016
This is a friendly HELLO to all LA County beekeepers. There are a couple recent items of interest to the beekeeping community in the County of Los Angeles.
1) All beekeeping associations with members in the City of Los Angeles. 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. If you have any questions you may email LADBS Assistant Chief- Frank Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org. He has been very helpful.
2) On October 20th, the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control (SGVMVC) district conducted a pesticide application in the City of Rosemead, to control Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger mosquitoes). These mosquitoes pose a serious danger to public health as vectors of viral diseases including Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. The SGVMVC contacted the LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Department (ACWM) in advance to inform us of the application because at least one of the products was "Toxic to Bees". The SGVMVC provided excellent information, maps of the treatment area, and pesticide labels (attached link). One registered apiary was found within the treatment zone and was successfully contacted regarding the application. It is expected that more mosquito applications will be conducted throughout Los Angeles County in the future if populations and breeding habitat increase. This is one of the reasons why it is important to make sure that all beekeepers register their apiary locations with LA County Agriculture. If you have any questions regarding the applications you may call the SGVMVC at (626)-337-5686 or look for updates on their web site at www.sgvmosquito.org.
I trust this is helpful to you all. If you have any questions don't hesitate to call or email.
Conrad Burton - Inspector III
Bee Program/Haz Mat
LA County Agriculture Commissioner / Weights & Measures Dept.
12300 Lower Azusa Rd.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 459-8894 office
(A FURTHER NOTE: I just spoke to Frank Lara, Building and Safety Head inspector and he said the following: "Any violation of the beekeeping ordinance (the pdf below) 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." Frank Lara will be out of town until the 31st of October, after which he is available to answer questions.
Any questions about the zoning aspect of the document you can talk to the zoning engineer for Building and Safety: Ara Sargesyan - 213-482-6706.
Here is the ordinance itself: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2012/12-0785_ord_183920_12-06-15.pdf)