When NYC legalized bees a little while ago the one stipulation they asked was that bee keepers register their bees. There is no way I’m doing that! I have 40,000 bees. Do you have any idea how long it would take me to register them?!


But I might register my hives. Or I might not 🙂

But if you are a Brooklyn bee keeper and want to be a good citizen here is how you register your hive:

NYC Health Code Article 161 (the recent health code change that has made beekeeping legal in NYC) requires persons keeping non-aggressive honeybees (Apis mellifera) to file a notice with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene containing the beekeeper’s contact information and hive location(s).

Get the form here:

It’s important that we cooperate with these minimal reporting regulations in order to maintain the legal status of beekeeping in NYC and ensure that our beekeeping practices respect the rights and safety of others.

To find your block/lot # (as required on the form), use this tool: http://webapps.nyc.gov:8084/CICS/fin1/find001I

Thanks all, and here’s to a fun, healthy and productive beekeeping season!

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