As part of the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act), beekeeping is now considered a 'regulated dealing’ and under the Act, a person must not engage in a regulated dealing unless they are registered. Therefore, registration is now compulsory for all Tasmanian commercial and recreational beekeepers. This requirement was formalised in new Biosecurity Regulations 2022 which came into effect on 2 November 2022.
This requirement to register under the Act extends to beekeepers who were previously registered under the Animal Health Act 1995, more information about who needs to be registered and the conditions of registration can be found at (beekeeper registration information).
A direct link to the registration form can be found here (beekeeper registration form).
Find out more about keeping bees from the The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania or the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association.
What if the Council receives a complaint about my hives?
If the Council receives a complaint about your beehives, in the first instance an Officer will make contact with you to discuss the situation and see if a resolution can be reached. However, if the keeping of hives is causing a nuisance, Council can direct you to stop the problem being caused, which may require you to remove the beehives.
What if I have a problem with my neighbours’ hives?
In the first instance, if it is safe and reasonable to do so, we encourage you to discuss the issues with your neighbour first. If this doesn't provide you with an agreeable solution, you can report the issue to City of Launceston via our online form or the Snap Send Solve app.
Can I sell my honey?
Yes, however, if you wish to sell your honey either direct to consumers (e.g. at a market) or to an-other business (e.g. manufacturer), then you will need to register as a food business under the Food Act 2003. Food safety information and registration forms are available online or by phoning Council’s Customer Service Centre on 03 6323 3000.