Keeping of Bees
This does not relate to wild bees, wasps or bee swarms, it only relates to a person keeping a bee hive(s).
Bee hives may be kept in the city. It is recognised that bees contribute to our environment by pollinating a large range of plants and fruit trees etc. However, if bees are causing a nuisance or annoyance to any person or are dangerous or injurious to health then Council may ask the owner to either relocate the hive on their property or remove it entirely.
Honey bees are not naturally aggressive and if left to go about their business should not be a danger or threat to neighbours.
If you wish to keep bees please consider the impact it may have on your neighbour when locating your hive(s). Bees defecate as the leave the hive and this can cause an unsightly mess on neighbours washing, windows or vehicles.
Please Note: Bees in a garden could have come from hives within a 3 kilometre radius, so removing a hive from a neighbour’s property will not necessarily mean that the bee numbers in the garden will go down. If there are flowers that are attracting bees, they will come from anywhere. If there are no bee attracting flowers in a garden, there will be no bees.
Every person wanting to keep a bee hive must first register themselves and each beehive with Asure Quality. Freephone 0508 00 11 22.
(Note: This is a Government requirement not Tauranga City Council)
Last Reviewed: 12/05/2016