Beekeeper registration and hive disposal
Registration as a beekeeper
Anyone who keeps one or more hives of bees in Victoria is required to register with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) as a beekeeper.
Registration enables the department to conduct disease prevention and control programs for the benefit of beekeepers. This includes the mailing of helpful information from time to time.
There is no charge for registration when a person keeps at least one hive but not more than 5 hives and registers online using the DEDJTR website.
In all other cases, a fee applies for registration as follows:
- where a person keeps at least one hive but not more than 5 hives and does not register online but registers and pays using a paper application form - $30.00.
- where a person keeps at least six hives but not more than 50 hives -$30.00.
- where a person keeps 51 or more hives - 60 cents per hive.
Certificate of registration
A certificate of registration is issued by the Bees Registrar. It shows the beekeeper's registered number (brand) allotted by the department and the expiry date. Persons who register online can print their certificate of registration.
Renewal of registration
Registration is for a period of two years, after which it must be renewed. The department will routinely forward application forms to beekeepers before the end of the two-year registration period. Contact the Bees Registrar on 1800 356 761 if you don't receive a renewal of registration form.
Apply for registration as a beekeeper
When you want to sell or dispose of bee hives, please complete a Notice of Disposal of Hives and send to the Bee Registrar, Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport & Resources, Box 2500, Bendigo Delivery Centre, Victoria, 3554 or fax 03 5430 4505.