Keeping Bees in a Residential, Commercial or Industrial Area (Fact Sheet 19)

Community Living Local Law No 1 states:


2.11 Bees/Wasps/Fruit Flies

  1. A person must not, without a permit, keep or allow to be kept any bees on land zoned residential, commercial or industrial and Council land.


First offence - 2 penalty units ($200.00)
Second or subsequent offence - 4 penalty units ($400.00)

All beekeepers who keep one or more hives in Victoria are required to be registered with the Department of Primary Industries in accordance with the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.

Excerpt: Apiary Code of Practice, May 2011

In accordance with the Apiary Code of Practice, May 2011

Schedule 1 indicates the maximum hive number per tenement

Schedule 1

Tenement sizeNumber of hives
500m2 or less 1
501m2 to 1000m2 2
1001m2 to 2000m2 5
2001m2 to less than 4000m2 10
4000m2 to less than 1ha 60
1ha to 2ha 100
Larger than 2ha No limit

If you have received a Caution Notice - Notice to Comply please ensure that you follow the compliance details.  Failure to comply may result in an infringement being issued.

For more information please contact the Local Laws Branch on (03) 5832 9741.