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Regulations and resources about keeping honeybees in our city

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What is urban beekeeping?
Also known as apiculture, urban beekeeping helps with pollination, biodiversity, and honey production in our community. The provincial government recognizes and regulates urban beekeeping.

Registering your beehive
The Animal Health Act requires anyone in B.C. who operates honeybee colonies to register with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. You must also register the location of your beehive. If a person ignores this registration process, Ministry of Agriculture apicultural staff have the authority to destroy or dispose of the honeybees or beehive equipment. The Provincial Bee Act also enables the Ministry to respond to complaints, conduct inspections, and to control diseases that affect bees.

Residential bee management guidelines
The following municipal guidelines complement provincial standards and promote good management practices for residential beekeeping:

  1. Manage and maintain bees in a condition that will reasonably prevent swarming and aggressive behavior.
  2. Provide adequate water for bees so they don’t seek it out in neighboring swimming pools, birdbaths, ponds or other shared bodies of water.
  3. Limit hobby beekeeping to One Family Residential Zones or a site containing a community garden.
  4. Keep a maximum of two beehives per lot.
  5. Restrict your beehives to rear yards. They must be a minimum 1.5m (5 feet) from property lines.

Positioning your beehive
Set up your beehive using one of these guidelines in order to ensure the appropriate height of the honeybee flight path:

  1. Position your beehive 8 feet or more above ground level; or
  2. Direct the beehive entrance away from neighboring property and position your beehive behind a solid fence or hedge that is 6 feet in height running parallel to the property line; or
  3. Locate your beehive a minimum of 25 feet away from all property lines.

Additional resources


Beekeeping and apiary registration
Paul van Westendorp, Provincial Apiculturist
Phone 604.556.3129

Inspection services
Scott Gordon
Phone 604.220.0336

Questions about beekeeping in Port Moody
Environment and Parks, City of Port Moody
Phone 604.469.4628

Last updated: 26/06/2018 12:49:24 PM