If you want to keep one or more hives of honey bees in NSW, you’ll need to be registered as a beekeeper with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

What you need

  • a Department of Primary Industries username and password
  • your business details (if applicable)
  • your concession details (if applicable)
  • details of the number of hives you plan to have and their location
  • your payment.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Apply online' button.
  2. Sign up or login to the Department of Primary Industries portal. 
  3. Complete the online application form.

More information

  • Bee registration issued under the Biosecurity Act 2015 will be valid for 2 years
  • The fee depends on your registration type:
    • business: carrying on the business of beekeeping, having an ABN and registered for GST
    • recreational: keeping bees primarily for recreational purposes
    • concession: a recreational beekeeper holding a valid Pensioner Concession Card or Seniors Card.
  • All NSW beekeepers will need to adhere to the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice as a condition of registration. For more information, visit the Department of Primary Industries website.
Last updated: 9 May 2023