Monday, February 22, 2021

Western Australia Council rules and regulations about keeping bees in the backyard

 WA Council rules and regulations about keeping bees


Below we have listed a link collection of rules and regulations indicating the file name and what to look out for. The below list should assist you as a guide on your own investigation about keeping bees in your specific case and area.

Generally most of the councils will ask you to stay away from property boundaries a certain distance, maintain a water source preferably 10-15m away from the hive, avoid flight path crossing bus stops or cycle path. Some councils may have application fees while others do not have any fees involved. Also there will be limitations in regards to how many hives you can have onsite.

This is blog entry is a "living document" and will be extended as needed, please feel free to send us your council regulation and we will happily add it to our collection. In case your council's document is not listed, let us know and will try to find it and post it. Generally beekeeping related rules are mostly found under your specific councils health or animal section in majority of the cases, others seem to still lack that information, and will need to be contacted.

Collection of Beekeeping related council rules

Armadale

CITY OF ARMADALE ENVIRONMENT, ANIMALS AND NUISANCE LOCAL LAWS 2002

Bassendean

TOWN OF BASSENDEAN - BEE KEEPING LOCAL LAW

Bayswater

CITY OF BAYSWATER HEALTH LOCAL LAWS 2001

Belmont

City of Belmont Health Local Laws 2002

Cambridge

TOWN OF CAMBRIDGE ANIMALS LOCAL LAW 2016

Canning

CITY OF CANNING CONSOLIDATED LOCAL LAWS

Cockburn

Wasps, Bees, Flies and Millipedes

Cottesloe

Local Laws on Keeping of Bees

East-Fremantle

Town of East Fremantle - Repeal Local Law 2017

Gosnells

CITY OF GOSNELLS PUBLIC HEALTH LOCAL LAW 2017

Joondalup

Online Beekeeper registration form!

Kalamunda

Application for Licence to Keep Bees

Kwinana

TOWN OF KWINANA BEE KEEPING LOCAL LAW 2002

Mandurah

CITY OF MANDURAH ANIMALS, ENVIRONMENT AND NUISANCE LOCAL LAW 2010

Mosman Park

TOWN OF MOSMAN PARK BEE KEEPING LOCAL LAW 2010

Mundaring

SHIRE OF MUNDARING HEALTH LOCAL LAWS 2003

Nedlands

Information Sheet

Perth.City

Can I keep bees section

Rockingham

Bee Keeping Requirements

South-Perth

Bees website

Stirling

CITY OF STIRLING BEE KEEPING LOCAL LAW 2008

Subiaco

Draft Beekeeping Policy

Victoria-Park

Keeping bees

Wanneroo

Bee Keeping Local Law

 

 


At the end of the blog post we have included some information we had included in applying to having bees on someones rural residential 5 acre block for example, this to give you an idea on what we had submitted in that particular case.We had been surprised many times by how we had been the first ever Beekeeper requesting to have bees within a councils domain, and how we tend to have triggered how councils first need to create their forms and procedures in order to catch up with our type of request.


PlanWA Map

Another good resource to above links to council rule is the PlanWA interactive map, giving you information on how the property in question is classified as. For example, rural zoned properties mostly do not have any restrictions in terms of live stock including bees for instance.

PlanWA Map:    https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/planwa


WAAS had recently created the BEST-PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR URBAN BEEKEEPING 
also found on their website at WESTERN AUSTRALIAN APIARISTS' SOCIETY

Alternatively you can keep bees in Crown land documented here:  
Beekeeping on Crown land in Western Australia

Just a reminder to register your bee hives here:  
Registering as an owner of stock or as a beekeeper


Example of documentation submitted to the council of having bees on someone elses property:

- Copy of your beekeeping registration
- Copy of your public liability insurance / certificate of currency
- Signed letter of the owners accepting having your bees onsite
- A gentle reminder of the councils rules
- Google Map pictures of neighboring properties and measured distances
- Pictures which indicate the angles on how the pictures had been taken on site.


Examples of our attachments to the councils:


- Signed letter of owner or owners if multiple, agreeing to have your bees onsite.
  









- A gentle reminder to the council of their own rules in some cases helps getting into the conversation:



An indication on how close your bees will be to neighboring properties and road ways:



A few pictures and angles of the the hive site you intend to drop your bees into seems to help a fair bit:




Please let us know if this information had been useful on your journey to your first set of bee hives!

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Happy beekeeping,

Gordon


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