Urban Beekeeping Pilot Project
Urban beekeeping is an excellent way to improve plant pollination in backyards and the community. On February 14, 2017 Council approved the Fort Honey Bee pilot project for a 2 year period. The program allows residential property owners to maintain honey bee hives in their backyard. Interested residents can apply for an urban beekeeping licence with the City. The pilot project is for residents who live in low-density residential areas.
Applying for an Urban Beekeeping Licence
1. Review the Pilot Project Guide
The Fort Honey Bee Pilot Project Guide has information on applying for a licence. It is important that applicants understand the requirements and commitments in become a beekeeper. It is recommended that beginner beekeepers connect with established beekeepers for information and support.
2. Beekeeping Training
Proof of completing an accredited beekeeping course is required. Urban beekeeping courses are offered through the following programs:
3. Register with the Provincial Apiculturist
4. Register with Alberta's Premises Identification Program (PID)
As part of the Animal Health Act, owners of bees must have a premises identification account and number for the bees. The PID program is a traceable system that links animals to a location or premise. The program is designed to prevent and control agricultural diseases that could affect animals and public safety.
5. Apply for a beekeeping licence
Complete the Beekeeping Licence Application. You will need to provide information on proposed hive locations, and confirmation that your adjacent neighbours have been notified. There is a $75 beekeeping licence application fee. Complete applications and fee payment can be submitted at the Planning & Development Front Desk, 2nd Floor City Hall (10005 102 ST).
- Fort Honey Bee Pilot Project Guide
- Beekeeping Licence Application
- Premises Identification Program (PID)
- Provincial Apiculturist Registration Form
Address: 2nd Floor of City Hall - 10005 102 Street