Individuals who hold bees (a number of colonies) in Florida are legally required to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a plant industry division ( and Services/Bureau of Plant-and-Apiary Inspection/Apiary Inspection). Renewal forms are sent annually to pre-registered beekeepers for return to the FDACS-Division of Plant Industry (DPI), as well as the corresponding annual tax set in the tax regulations. Beekeepers who change their address are asked to notify the service. For more information on registering bee colonies in Florida, see: Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular in Florida. Commercial beekeepers maintain hundreds or even thousands of colonies for honey production and plant pollination, while the typical urban beekeeper or backyard has one to five colonies. Beekeeping in the backyard traditionally has honey for home consumption and general enjoyment for those who practice crafts. 365 (5) Managed European colonies of melliculated bees that are not the provisions of paragraph 376586.10 (1), F.S., 378and this section is published a communication on non-compliance with European bee colonies, FDACS-08499, revised 07/17, which is included as a reference and available online at This document is designed as a reference for bee management in Florida, focusing on the situation of hives in sensitive locations. These recommendations are supposed to be a recipe for harmonious cooperation between beekeepers, neighbours and landowners. Beekeepers must comply with the Florida Beekeepers` Compliance Agreement – the best management requirements for the conservation of bee colonies produced by the FDACS-DPI (see references).

These must be monitored by all registered beekeepers, even if the bee colonies are located on county or state land or are used for educational purposes. Bee colonies should not be located on public lands, including schools, parks and similar sites, unless the director of the FDACS-DPI issues a special letter of authorization and the property manager`s written consent is acquired. To obtain the special letter of authorization, an FDACS-DPI beekeeper must conduct an on-site visit to bee inspectors to ensure that potential bee thieves meet compliance criteria. The Director of THE FDACS-DPI, the Director of the Apiary Inspection Section and the Regional Beekeeping Officer will meet to discuss the site. The director of the FDACS-DPI will issue an authorization if the site is deemed fit to host beekeeping. Beekeepers should take all possible precautions to limit unnecessary interactions between the public and bees. The use of “common sense” will help reduce negative interactions between the public and bees, allowing beekeeping to be safe, pleasant and enjoyable for the beekeeper. In accordance with the Florida State Beekeeping Inspection Act for the identification of hives, the beekeeper should put a sign at the beekeeping with his name and telephone number.