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Bees and Bee keeping


Bees and bee swarms on Private Property
Bee swarms on private property are the responsibility of the occupier. If residents require assistance with bee swarms on private property they can contact the Members of the Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW who can provide advice on bee swarms or collect bees from properties. To contact a registered bee keeper phone 1900 925 222. Where swarms have been found in wall cavities a licensed pest controller may be required. Contact details for these can be found under Pest Control in the Yellow Pages.

Bees and bee swarms on Public Land
Residents wishing to report bee swarms in public buildings and land and Council owned commercial and residential properties should contact Council on (02) 99113555 during business hours. Council will investigate and depending on circumstances, have the bees removed and relocated.

Beekeeping in Lane Cove
Any person wishing to keep bees must be registered with the Department of Primary Industries - Agriculture. The Department also is responsible for investigating complaints about nuisance bees. Any inquiries or complaints about beekeeping should be directed to the Department of Primary Industries - Agriculture on (02)6391 3100.

More information is available on the Department of Primary Industries website at

If you are interested in knowing more about our local native bees, then book into this upcoming workshop:

Native Bees of Sydney
Saturday 11 February, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Bookings essential, phone 9911 3583 or book online

Discover the fascinating world of Sydney's native solitary and social bees, their habitat, behaviour and role in the environment. Get some great ideas about making your own simple 'bee house' for solitary bees and take a short walk to see native bees in action.