Bee Keeping

Under the City's Health Local Law 2017, approval is required from the City for the keeping of bees within the district. Approval is subject to compliance with conditions in the Local Law and the support of surrounding residents.

Please refer to the City’s Bee Keeping Policy 2019 when preparing your application, and ensure essential considerations outlined within the policy are addressed.
The following steps are involved to apply for approval to keep bees: 

  1. The applicant emails the completed City of Nedlands Bee Keeping Application Form to council@nedlands.wa.gov.au.
  2. The City provides adjoining neighbours with a notification of the proposed bee hives, providing a response timeframe of two weeks from the date of the letter.
  3. The City issues the applicant with a letter of approval or refusal provided the beehive is registered with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Please visit their website for detailed information about becoming a beekeeper in Western Australia. 

The approval for the keeping of bees can be revoked at any time by the Chief Executive Officer, should there be a demonstrated public health nuisance. In the event that approval is revoked, the applicant has 21 days to remove all bees and hives from the property.