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Bees are an important insect for our community and economy, they are responsible for the majority of the pollination of flowering plants, both in urban and rural areas. Beekeeping can also be a rewarding and interesting hobby.
Keeping hives of bees as a hobby can be an interesting experience but there can be complaints about bees in swimming pools, neighbors being stung or the disease risk of neglected hives. All beehives must be identified by branding all brood boxes with their registration number. Beekeepers are encouraged to increase and update their knowledge by attending training and/or belonging to a beekeeping association. In order to keep more than two hives, development consent is required.
Canterbury-Bankstown has some regulations to ensure your bees are not a nuisance or health risk to other residents, these include:
For a full list of all the regulations see our Local Orders Policy on keeping domestic honey bees.
For more information, or to ask a specific question, contact our Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.