Apiary Laws and Regulations

A list with links to Tulare County Ordinances, Ca DPR Regulations and CDFA Laws pertaining to bees, apiaries, and honey.

Apiary Locations Request Form for Seedless Mandarin Growers

Seedless Mandarin Growers may use this form to request location information for any apiaries located within two (2) miles of your registered seedless mandarins.  Location information will only be provided on apiaries whose owner/operator has waived their right to confidentiality.  There may be other apiaries within 2 miles, however, if the beekeeper has not waived his/her right to confidentiality then we cannot provide you with their information.

Bee and Beehive / Apiary Information from CDFA

Link to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) where beekeepers can find information sources and contacts regarding bringing bees into California, Imported Fire Ants, good management practices, etc.

Bee Regulations - Summary of Tulare County Ordinances

Summary of Tulare County Bee Regulations and Department of Food and Ag Apiary Laws. 

Colony Strength Inspection Form

Printable/fillable PDF form to request a Colony Strength Inspection for Apiaries located in Tulare County.  Form may be used by Beekeepers or Growers.  The other party (Grower or Beekeeper) will be contacted by the Agricultural Inspector.  Please complete the form and FAX it to the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner, Pesticide Division, at 559-713-3770 or email to PUENOI@tularecounty.ca.gov.  You will be billed for the inspection after it is completed.  Please note that Colony Strength Inspections are performed as time, weather, and inspector availability allow.

Mandarin Growers Registration Form

Registration form for Seedless Mandarin Growers who want to register their Seedless Mandarins in accordance with the Seedless Mandarin and Honey Bee Co-existence Regulations.  Please read the introductory letter prior to completing a registration form.  Complete an Apiary Locations Request Form for Seedless Mandarin Growers if you would like us to send you information on apiaries within 2 miles of your registered Seedless Mandarins. 

Tulare County Ordinances for Apiaries

A PDF copy of the Tulare County Ordinances pertaining to Apiaries located in Tulare County.  All Tulare County Ordinances may be found at Tulare County Code