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.
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
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 aggressive 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.