Does your city allow beekeeping?

 

Some cities allow beekeeping and others do not. Progressive city councils that have changed their bylaws have done so after presentations by beekeepers about the benefits of bees and beekeeping.

 

Need help with city bylaws?

 

Here are some progressive cities that allow beekeeping, along with a copy of their bylaws. You can use their bylaws to draft suitable set of guidelines for your municipal council.

 

 

Vancouver BC Canada - similar bylaws to other surrounding municipalities thanks to the help of beekeepers in the city

 

New Westminster BC Canada - Bylaws were drafted by John Gibeau who was also instrumental in helping other beekeepers achieve bylaw changes for City of Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley township and Port Coquitlam.

 

City of North Vancouver Canada - provides Hobby Bee Keeping bylaws

 

Maple Ridge BC Canada - Bylaw regulating hobby beekeeping

 

Delta BC Canada - allows 2 hives and 2 nucleus colonies on a city lot

 

Surrey BC Canada - allows urban beekeeping

 

Vernon BC Canada - Beekeeping only on land zoned for agriculture

 

Kamloops BC Canada - allows 2-10 beehives depending on the lot size

 

Dawson Creek BC Canada - allows a max of 2 colonies and 2 nucs

 

Calgary AB Canada - has no restriction unless there is a complaint CBA offers guidelines

 

Edmonton AB Canada - allows 1 hive and 1 nuc on a city lot

 

Saskatoon SK Canada Section 21.1- allows for bees provided that they do not exhibit defensive behaviour.

 

Winnipeg MB Canada- recently approved beekeeping in the downtown area only

 

Johannesburg South Africa Beekeeping By-laws - provides reasonable guidelines for beekeepers.

 

New York City legalized beekeeping in 2010 with guidelines for responsible beekeeping

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

 Burnaby BC has an attractive brochure with information for keeping bees in their city

 

PROVINCIAL BEE ACTS AND REGULATIONS

Provincial Act

Regulation

British Columbia Bee Act

Policy on Bee Movement

Alberta Bee Act

Bee Regulation

Saskatchewan Apiaries Act

Apiaries Regulations

Manitoba Bee Act

Diseases of Bees

Ontario Bees Act

Regulations

Quebec Loi sur les abeilles

Animal Health Protection Act English

New Brunswick Apiary Inspection Act

Regulations French and English

Nova Scotia Bee Industry Act

Bee Industry Regulations

Prince Edward Island Animal Health & Protection Act

Bee Health Regulations

Newfoundland Livestock Health Regulation

Animal Health Regulations