hive registration

be a responsible beekeeper & a good neighbor by complying with local beekeeping ordinances   

Urban beekeeping next to the 710 freeway, in that odd mix of concrete and greenery so typical of suburban Southern California.
Urban beekeeping next to the 710 freeway, in that odd mix of concrete and greenery so typical of suburban Southern California.
Photo by Jacob Dickinson.


los angeles county

The County of Los Angeles requires all beekeepers to register their hives each year by submitting an Annual Apiary Registration Form with a $10 fee. 

Benefits include advance notification of aerial spraying. County officials also respond to nuisance complaints.  The registration form includes the option of being included on the County’s list of swarm removal resources.

 

These hives full of recently rescued honey bees should be registered as soon as they find a home in the County of Los Angeles.
These hives full of recently rescued honey bees should be registered as soon as they find a home in the County of Los Angeles.
Photo by Jacob Dickinson.


city of long beach

The City of Long Beach requires beekeepers to 1) register and 2) submit an urban agriculture application. Municipal Code 6.24.010 details the regulations regarding beekeeping:

A. No more than four (4) beehives may be established or maintained on any residential property within the City. 
B. Any person intending to establish or maintain any beehive on any residential property within the City must first register with the County of Los Angeles and provide a copy of such registration to the Director of the Animal Care Services Bureau. 
C. No person shall establish or maintain a beehive in the front yard of the property. 
D. No person shall establish or maintain a beehive at a distance less than ten feet (10′) from all property lines. 
E. Beehive entrances shall face away from or be parallel to the nearest property line(s). 
F. Beehives must either be screened so that the bees must fly over a six-foot barrier, which may be vegetative, before leaving the property, or be placed at least eight feet (8′) above the adjacent ground level. 
G. A water source for bees shall be provided at all times on the property where the bees are kept to discourage bee visitation at swimming pools, hose bibs and other water sources on adjacent public or private property. 
H. For the purposes of this Section, a “beehive” means any box, container, structure, chamber or shelter within which bees are kept or of which bees have taken possession. 
I. For the purposes of this Section, the term “dwelling” means any place of human habitation.

Bee drinking at a fountain: One way to make it less likely that your bees will interfere with neighbors is to ensure that they have access to water.
One way to make it less likely that your bees will interfere with neighbors is to ensure that they have access to water.
Photo by Jacob Dickinson.


beyond long beach

Beekeeping is legal in the County of Los Angeles. Individual cities in and around Los Angeles County may or may not place restrictions on whether or not bees are allowed and how they are managed. Before you invest in beekeeping equipment, check local ordinances to make sure you comply with existing regulations.

Being a good beekeeper extends beyond the letter of the law. Be mindful of your neighbors. Don’t allow your bees to become a nuisance.