Every person that owns or is in possession of an apiary located in California shall register the number of colonies and the location of each apiary with their local Agricultural Commissioner’s Office (Food and Agriculture Code 29040 and 29043). Regulation requires that registration be completed on the first day of January of each year in which they maintain, possess, or are in possession of an apiary. New beekeepers can register at any time during the year within 30 days of possessing an apiary.
Registration Forms and Fees
You can complete and submit a Registration Form by mail, fax or in person. Currently, a $10 registration fee is collected for beekeepers who possess, maintain or manage 10 or more colonies*. Hobbyists not in the business of beekeeping and who possess 9 or fewer colonies may have their registration fee waived.
Information obtained from paper registrations are inputted into the state-wide BeeWhere Database. BeeWhere allows beekeepers to register electronically. You can complete an electronic registration by visiting the BeeWhere website at https://beewhere.calagpermits.org/ and entering your contact information. Registration is complete by plotting your colony locations on the BeeWhere mapping feature and paying the registration fee (if applicable). For help with e-registration, please contact our department.
*Our office does not accept credit or debit card payments or any other forms of e-payments. Please visit our office to pay by cash or check or submit your registration and check by mail.