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HONEY BEE PROTECTION PROGRAM 

APIARY REGISTRATION

Registration is when you report the number and location of managed colony(ies) or managed hive(s) to the Agricultural Commissioner.

Registration is beneficial to you in several ways:

• Our entomologist and/or Apiary Inspector are available to help you with bee issues.

• Registered apiary owners are notified when a pesticide toxic to bees as determined by the label is being applied near their apiary.

• Your registration makes you part of our honey bee information network.

• You will receive the latest information on bees, research and any regulatory efforts.

• We can inform you of educational opportunities in your field, since our office and the Cooperative Extension offers periodic training on how to continue Africanized Honey Bee-free beekeeping.

• In addition, if complaints are received about registered beekeepers, we make every effort to resolve them without regulatory action.

State law requires all beekeepers with any apiaries to register annually with the Agricultural Commissioner. Registration is only $10.00 per year if you have ten or more hives. There is no registration fee if you have nine or fewer hives. If you do not register and you are reported to the Commissioner, state law allows fines up to $1,000.

Download the current Apiary Registration form and mail it to us with your $10 registration fee.

2016 Apiary Registration Letter (pdf)

Apiary Registration Form (pdf)

 

BEE ORDINANCE IN UNINCORPORATED SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Jurisdiction finder – are you in unincorporated San Diego County?

County Bee Ordinance (pdf)

 

BEEKEEPER BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMP)

Best management practices for maintaining honey bee colonies in unincorporated San Diego County

     Tier A BMP Checklist

     Tier B BMP Checklist

     Tier C BMP Checklist

 

AFRICANIZED HONEY BEE FACTS

Africanized honey bees (AHB) are in San Diego County! The entire County, from desert to coast, is considered colonized by AHB. This means that you might encounter aggressive honey bees anywhere in the County. Click the links below for more information.

Africanized Honey Bee Facts (pdf)
La Abeja Africanizada en California (pdf)
CDFA Map of AHB in California

 

OPT-IN SENSITIVE SITES NEAR APIARIES

What are "Sensitive Sites"?

Sensitive Site Application Form

 

HONEY BEE COLONY COMPLAINTS

The County of San Diego CANNOT remove bees from private property. We DO NOT recommend that you attempt to remove bees yourself. The bees may become agitated and you and others may be stung. Please contact a pest control company (look under "BEES" in the yellow pages) to find a local company that operates in your area.

Who to call regarding bee concerns

Bee Complaint Form