Registration as a beekeeper - Queensland

Service summary

From 1 July 2016, if you keep one or more bee-hives you must register as a biosecurity entity. This replaces the previous requirement to be a registered beekeeper

Registration is an important tool for tracing investigations in the event of a pest or disease incursion. 

You are required to adhere to rules intended to:

  • control and prevent diseases and pests affecting bees
  • support good breeding.

Service type


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


If you keep bees only for non-commercial purposes you will be exempt from paying the registration fee from 1 July 2016.

Definition of terms


a hive standing singularly or any two or more hives standing in a group.

Eligibility requirements

If you want to keep bees on a site owned by the crown, an additional permit is required.  You may apply for an apiary permit to keep bees in:  

Ongoing requirements

If you notice changes such as scattered brood, crippled honey bees and a reduction in honey bee population, you should notify Biosecurity Queensland or the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline (1800 084 881) immediately. The hives should not be moved until they have been inspected.


For existing beekeepers registered under the Apiaries Act 1982 between March 2016 and June 2016, your registration will continue until March 2017, at which time you will be required to register under the new Biosecurity Act 2014. Your registration will then remain in place for three years from the date of registration.



Registration of a registrable biosecurity entity (keeping bees)

Renewal$89.25Renewal of registration of a registrable biosecurity entity (keeping bees)


Phone the Department to discuss your intentions for the site you have identified.

Complete a Registrable biosecurity application (bees) and submit as per the instructions on the form.

Additional information

Find out more about keeping bees in Queensland.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Act(s) name

Biosecurity Act 2014 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Biosecurity Regulations 2016 (Queensland)

Contact details

Apiary Unit
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Biosecurity Queensland

Operating address:
604 Yangan Road
Warwick, Queensland 4370


07 4660 3604

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