state beekeeping laws, rules, and regulations

State Beekeeping Rules and Regulations

If you’re thinking about starting a hive or expanding upon your beekeeping hobby, there will be some local and state regulations you’ll need to familiarise yourself with.

Below is a list of beekeeping laws by state, as well as a list of state beekeeping associations, to help you get to know the relevant rules and regulations.


State Website

State Beekeepers Association

Federal - USA

Alabama - AL
Alaska - AK
Arizona - AZ
Arkansas - AR
California - CA
Colorado - CO

Connecticut - CT

Delaware - DE

Florida - FL

Georgia - GA

Hawaii - HI

Idaho - ID

Illinois - IL

Indiana - IN

Iowa - IA

Kansas - KS

Kentucky - KY

Louisiana - LA

Maine - ME

Maryland - MD

Massachusetts - MA

Michigan - MI

Minnesota - MN

Mississippi - MS

Missouri - MO

Montana - MT

Nebraska - NE

Nevada - NV

New Hampshire - NH

New Jersey - NJ

New Mexico - NM

New York - NY

North Carolina - NC

North Dakota - ND

Ohio - OH

Oklahoma - OK

Oregon - OR

Pennsylvania - PA

Rhode Island - RI

South Carolina - SC

South Dakota - SD

Tennessee - TN

Texas - TX

Utah - UT

Vermont - VT

Virginia - VA

Washington - WA

West Virginia - WV

Wisconsin - WI

Wyoming - WY

Local Beekeeping rules and regulations

While you need to know your state’s rules and regulations around beekeeping, it’s likely that the more restrictive regulations will be imposed by your local city.

For example, if you live within a more populated city’s limits, a hive might have to be 16ft from your property’s boundary, whereas if you live in a more rural area, this distance can increase significantly. This is why you should always reach out to your local beekeepers’ association. The closer they’re based to where you live, the better.

If you don’t have any bees just yet, there’s no reason to be nervous reaching out to your local beekeeping association/ club. These clubs are there to help beginners and professionals alike, so you won’t be the only one just starting out!

For UK rules and regulations, please click here!

For more tips, tricks, and guides on beekeeping, check out our beekeeping section!

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