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. You'll be taken to the DPI Biosecurity and Food Safety (BFS) portal.
  2. Sign up or create a login. 
  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: 11 March 2024

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