Registration is when you report the number and location of managed hive(s)/colony(ies) to the Agricultural Commissioner.
Registration is beneficial to you in several ways:
• Our Entomologist and/or Apiary Inspector are available to help you with honey bee issues.
• Registered apiary owners can request to be notified when a pesticide labeled toxic to bees is being applied within one mile of their hive(s) location.
• Your registration makes you part of our honey bee network that provides you with up-to-date honey bee health, research and regulatory information.
• You will be informed of educational opportunities that promote beekeeping best management practices so you can have healthy and successful European honey bee colonies.
State law requires all beekeepers with any apiaries in the state to register annually with the Agricultural Commissioner. There is no registration fee for nine or fewer hives and the registration fee is only $10.00 per year if you have ten or more 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.
Apiary Registration Form (pdf)
BEE ORDINANCE IN UNINCORPORATED SAN DIEGO COUNTY
Jurisdiction finder – are you in unincorporated San Diego County?
BEEKEEPER BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMP)
Best management practices for maintaining honey bee colonies in unincorporated San Diego County (NOTE: The online course is currently unavailable. Please disregard check box on the BMP checklist)
PESTICIDES AND HONEY BEE PROTECTION
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 overly-defensive honey bees anywhere in the County. Click the links below for more information.
PREVENT A STINGING INCIDENT
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.