What if the City receives a complaint about my beehives?

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Whilst the City does not require bee keepers to obtain approval from the City, owners of bees are prohibited from keeping animals (including bees) in a manner that creates a nuisance or is injurious or dangerous to health.

Therefore if a complaint is received it will be investigated to determine if a nuisance or dangerous situation exists. Things to be considered include the manner in which the bees are being kept, behaviour of the bees (aggressive hives may need re-queening) and the health risk of surrounding properties and people who get anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from bee stings.

Where a nuisance is deemed to exist, the City can serve a notice on the beekeeper requiring them to take specific actions, including the possible removal of the beehive. Failure to comply with the notice would constitute an offence. 

For more information, please contact the City’s Health Services on 9267 9267.