Be a responsible beekeeper & a good neighbor by complying with local beekeeping ordinances
The County of Los Angeles requires all beekeepers to register their hives each year by submitting an Annual Apiary Registration Form with a $10 fee. (But wait! If you live in Long Beach, copy this form before you send it to the County, because the City will want a copy: see below.)
Benefits include advance notification of aerial spraying. County officials also respond to nuisance complaints. The registration form includes the option of being included on the County’s list of swarm removal resources.
The City of Long Beach requires beekeepers to submit 1) a copy of their Los Angeles County registration form (You kept a copy, right? See above.) along with 2) its own Urban Agriculture Permit Application. Beekeepers should mail these to the Director of the Animal Care Services Bureau. There is no fee. The Animal Care Services "Beekeeping" page includes the links you'll need.
Ordinarily, Animal Care Services might or might not require an apiary inspection. During the pandemic, they will only inspect in person if there's a complaint. If this happens, there's a $68/hour inspection fee. They will ask for photos of hives and surroundings to verify compliance with regulations.
Municipal Code 6.24.010 details the regulations regarding beekeeping:
A. No more than four (4) beehives may be established or maintained on any residential property within the City.We thank several City of Long Beach staff members in addressing our questions about this process!
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Beekeeping is legal in the County of Los Angeles. Individual cities in and around Los Angeles County may or may not place restrictions on whether or not bees are allowed and how they are managed. Before you invest in beekeeping equipment, check local ordinances to make sure you comply with existing regulations.
Being a good beekeeper extends beyond the letter of the law. Be mindful of your neighbors. Don’t allow your bees to become a nuisance.