Beekeeper requirements

If you keep honey bees (Apis mellifera) in New South Wales you must be registered with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). This requirement is legislated under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

For further information and on how to register please visit here.

A factsheet on Backyard Beekeeping can be found here.

From 1 July 2020, all NSW beekeepers will need to adhere to the Australian Honey Bee Industry Code of Practice.

The Code of Practice documents can be found here.

Registration with Council

If selling honey, you are required to register as a Food Business with your Local Council.

The registration form can be found here.

Selling honey and product labelling

The Food Standards Code states that all food labels must contain the following information:

  • Name and/or description of the food
  • Identification of the ‘lot’ number *
  • Name and Australian street address of the supplier of food *
  • List of ingredients
  • Date mark
  • Nutrition information panel (NIP)
  • Country of origin of the food
  • Warning and advisory statements

For further information click here.

Nuisance bees

If you have concerns about how someone is keeping bees or if they are causing you nuisance please contact theNSW Department of Primary Industries. Complaint guidelines can be found here.


If you have found a swarm, click here to find your nearest beekeeper who can assist it its removal.

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