Beekeeper permits

Update: From 23 August, a permit is required for anyone bringing bees, hives, queen bees, used beekeeping equipment, pollen for bee feeding, and bee products, including honeycomb, into any part of Victoria from any state or territory.

Used equipment (including extracted frames/empty supers) and full honey supers can enter Victoria from NSW provided they are items owned by Victorian beekeepers and have spent no time since 1 January 2022 in the New South Wales Eradication (red) or Surveillance (purple) Zones. Visit NSW Varroa mite emergency response for more information.

Used equipment (including extracted frames/empty supers) and full honey supers from other states are permitted provided they have spent no time since 1 January 2022 in the New South Wales Eradication (red) or Surveillance (purple) Zones.

Honeycomb, unprocessed beeswax and pollen for feeding bees can enter Victoria from any state (including NSW), provided they have spent no time since 1 January 2022 in the New South Wales Eradication (red) or Surveillance (purple) Zone.

Application for hives and queen bees from all states except NSW will be assessed.

Permits will not be granted for bees, hives, queens, escorts and queen cells from New South Wales.

Please note: with the completion of the 2022 almond pollination, permits will now be assessed and provided during business hours, Monday – Friday.

For more information about permits visit Varroa mite FAQs – ‘What restrictions are in place for bees, hives, used equipment and bee products moving into Victoria?

Sunraysia region restrictions

From 21 September 2022, the Sunraysia Region no longer has specific requirements for entry.

Entry from other states is for movement into the whole of Victoria.

There are no longer requirements for permits into the Sunraysia region from other parts of Victoria.

It is your responsibility to ensure you are up to date with current movement requirements before moving your bees and related items.

All beekeepers are required to keep hive movement records in some form and Agriculture Victoria is encouraging all beekeepers to do this in BeeMax .

Industry is reminded that a health certificate must also be obtained for all movements of bees, bee products and used fittings (beekeeping equipment) into Victoria.

If you cannot apply online, please email Honeybee.Permits@agriculture.vic.gov.au or phone the Customer Service Centre on 136 186

For information about health certificates, see Moving bees interstate.

Bee and hive movement permits

Permit to move hives

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Permit to move honeycomb, unprocessed beeswax or pollen

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Permit to move queen bees

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Permit to move full honey supers

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Permit to move used equipment

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Permit to move extracted frames

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Page last updated: 20 Sep 2022