Permit to Keep Bees - City of Cockburn - Western Australia


You may need this permit if you intend to keep bees on your premises. This permit will not be granted if the bees are likely to cause a nuisance to the area.

Conditions and restrictions will vary depending on the Council area you are in. For example, you may not require this permit if:

  • your premises are classified as rural and you keep the bee hives at a prescribed distance from any adjacent property
  • you are not keeping the bees on your premises for longer than 8 weeks in a 12-month period
  • you are keeping bees for the purpose of pollinating a crop on your land.

Please be aware that you will need a separate approval to keep bees on Crown Land.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to keep bees, you must be registered as a beekeeper under state legislation.

Residents must obtain written approval from Council or an authorised officer to keep a beehive in a residential area or a resource zone. Residents may keep up to two bee hives on a residential lot. Approval may be granted for more than two hives on a lot that is not zoned residential.

Once approval to keep bees has been granted, a bee hive owners must:

  • keep the hive outside, and at least 10 metres from any building other than a fence
  • keep the hive at least 10 metres from any footpath, street, right of way or public place
  • keep the hive at least five metres from the boundary of the lot
  • ensure the hive is enclosed on all sides by a fence, wall or other enclosure.

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


As specified on permit.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $124.00

Approval to keep a bee hive in a residential or special rural zone. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $124.00

Approval to keep more than 2 beehives on a non-residential lot. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 Western Australia

Administering agency

City of Cockburn

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.