The County of San Diego's Honey Bee Protection Program expands beekeeping opportunities in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County, promotes responsible beekeeping, and ensures public safety. To support beekeepers in raising healthy and gentle bee colonies Apiary Inspectors monitor for honey bee pest and disease issues and review beekeeping best management practices at apiaries.
APIARY REGISTRATION AND YEARLY RENEWAL
Each year, all beekeepers with honey bee colonies in California are required to report the number and location of bee colonies to the Agricultural Commissioner in the county where located by the first day of January and/or within 30 days of acquiring bees. Registration is a California state law and San Diego County ordinance and applies to hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.
If your bee colonies are in the unincorporated area of San Diego County, please submit the Best Management Practice checklist that applies to your apiary in addition to your registration form:
Tier A (1-2 colonies)
Tier B (3-20 colonies)
Tier C (21 or more colonies)
If you are a first time registrant and your bee colonies are located in the unincorporated area of San Diego County, please complete the free online beekeeping course as well.
Completed Apiary Registration forms can be returned by postal mail, along with a $10.00 registration fee (fee waived for registering nine or fewer colonies), to the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures.
BENEFITS OF YOUR REGISTRATION
• The County's Apiary Inspector is available to assist you in detecting honey bee pests, diseases, and undesirable honey bee behavior.
• Registered beekeepers may request to be notified prior to pesticide applications labeled “toxic to bees” that will be applied within one mile of your apiary.
• Registration makes you part of our honey bee network that provides correspondence on science-based beekeeping information, regulatory information and honey bee quarantine pests of concern.
Beekeeping in San Diego County (University of California Cooperative Extension - San Diego)
California Apiary Laws & Regulations (California Department of Food and Agriculture)
Vector Control Program (County of San Diego)