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Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

Beekeeper & Apiary Registration

Who Needs This Registration?
Anyone who wants to own honey bees in Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Where can you get this Registration and / or further information?

Provincial Apiculturist
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
Phone: 902-890-1565
Fax: 902-893-0244

Office Location:
Provincial Apiculturist
NS Dept of Agriculture
176 College Road, Harlow Building
Truro, NS B2N 2P3

Mailing Address:
Provincial Apiculturist
NS Dept of Agriculture
PO Box 890, Harlow Building
Truro, NS B2N 5G6

Application Process:

The applicant must notify the Provincial Apiculturist, Department of Agriculture within ten days of obtaining, or just prior to obtaining, honey bees. The Provincial Apiculturist will assign a unique alphanumeric code to the beekeeper, and enter it in the Nova Scotia Beekeeper and Apiary Registry (database). The Provincial Apiculturist will then send the registration to the applicant by mail.

Waiting Period:
7 to 10 business days
provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
Expiry & Renewal:
This registration is valid from date of issue to the end of the calendar year in which it was issued. It must be renewed, and the renewal time is November. The Department will send a renewal form to the licence holder at the beginning of that renewal period. Annual registration forms must be completed including statistical data and apiary locations.  
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Legislative Authority:
Bee Industry Act, Chapter 3 of the Acts of 2005.

Last Updated: August 2014

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