We allow honey beekeeping in community gardens and qualifying residential and commercial properties. We provide guidelines to help residents keep safe and formalize honey beekeepers' responsibilities.
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While honey beekeeping in an urban setting can be a powerful way to connect to the natural environment and our food system, misinformation about the benefits and impacts of urban honey beekeeping is common.
If you are interested in becoming an urban honey beekeeper, review the myths and facts before deciding if this is the right activity for you.
If you are ready to start keeping honey bees in Vancouver, you need to follow three steps before setting up your apiary (bee yard):
Honey bee health and safety
- Identifying a honey bee, bumblebee, and wasp External link icon
- How to tell bees from wasps and flies External link icon
- Supporting bees and butterflies in your garden
- Pesticide-free lawns and gardens
- Vancouver’s Biodiversity Strategy
- Government of BC: Apiculture External website, opens in new tab
- Government of BC: Food for Bees Initiative External website, opens in new tab
- Bee City Canada External website, opens in new tab
- Miel Montreal - Code for Urban Apiculture External website, opens in new tab
- Hives for Humanity External website, opens in new tab
- Richmond Beekeepers Association External website, opens in new tab
- Pollinator Partnership External website, opens in new tab