Keeping Bees in BC

Keeping Bees In BC:

The ins and outs of all the important resources made available by the BC Ministry o f Apiculture and of course the guidelines and regulations (laws) you need to be aware to keep bees in BC.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/animals-and-crops/animal-production/bees

YES! You can have a beehive in town - BUT. ... just like not all yards are suitable for a dog, cat, rabbit, horse, or whatever beast; neither are all yards suitable for bees. A beehive has basic placement and space needs that must be met for it to be healthy and thrive. Before making any plans please seek out and consult with an experienced beekeeper for a site visit to assess your property for proper placement of a beehive. In town there are also nearby neighbours that have to be considered for the safety of your bees and the people around them. The bylaws for your community set and protect your property rights and those of your neighbours. If given a thumbs up by your beekeeping consult that bees can survive and thrive in your yard, your the next step is to check your local bylaws so you are aware of the allowances, requirements, and any restrictions for placing bees on your property.

Here is the Bees bylaw for Fort St John: Fort St John Bylaws - BEES

Here is the Bees bylaw for Dawson Creek, goto page 13/14: Dawson Creek Bylaws - BEES

When you are sorted out and have got a good plan. Next is to get your bees, or get in progress of getting them. Check out the Buy and Sell section of this Bee Club website for supplies.

Bee Club buy and sell listings

Local Bee Supplies Stores and BeeStock Suppliers

After you have a spot, and you have your hive equipment and bees on the way, go to the Membership Join Us page and join the Bee Club!

JOIN the Peace Region Bee Club


Beekeeping in BC is a regulated activity. ALL beekeepers in British Columbia need to register with BC Apiculture, no matter whether they have 1 colony or 10,000 colonies. That is the law under the provincial BC Bee Regulation. Folks are strongly encouraged to register with the BC Ministry as soon as they possess bee colonies. To register is a very simple online form and doing so is FREE. There are no prerequisites. There is no test to pass. If you have bees please click this link to get that done! It will take you less than 5 minutes to do.

BC Apiculture Beekeeper Registration