Beekeeping Registration - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this biosecurity registration if you intend to deal with bees (Apis mellifera L.) or conduct beekeeping within NSW. 'Dealing' with bees includes the following activities:

  • keeping, storing or having custody of bees
  • buying, selling or supplying bees
  • importing or acquiring bees- transporting bees
  • releasing bees
  • breeding or cultivating bees
  • experimenting on bees.

Registration is required to ensure that all activities involving bees do not cause a biosecurity risk.

You will not need to apply for this registration if you have obtained registration before 1 July 2017. You must re-apply for registration under this new registration system once your current registration expires.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


You may be exempt from this registration if you are authorised to deal with bees in another state and you do not intend to keep the bees in NSW for more 3 months in any 12 month period.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration, you must:

  • use a frame hive to store bees
  • have the capacity to comply with biosecurity duties and regulations
  • satisfy the Secretary that you are a suitable person for registration.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

If you are granted registration, you must:

  • notify the Secretary within 7 days if your contact details change
  • keep a written (or digital) record of all hives for a period of 5 years
  • notify the Secretary within 28 days if you sell or dispose of a hive.


Registration remains in force for a period (not exceeding 5 years) specified by the Secretary.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Approval time

Applicants will be notified of the Secretarys decision within 60 days..

Additional information

This registration is only necessary for those who intend to deal with the honey bee.

Conditions may be placed on your registration.

The Secretary may require you to produce additional documentation before granting registration.

Once you are registered, you may apply for a variation of your registration.

Administering agency

Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries

Act(s) name

Biosecurity Act 2015 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Biosecurity Regulation 2017 (New South Wales)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Industry
NSW Department of Primary Industries

Operating address:
161 Kite Street
Orange, New South Wales 2800
Mailing address:
Orange, New South Wales 2800


02 6391 3100


02 6391 3336


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