University of California
Beekeeping in San Diego County


Beekeeping in San Diego County is an outreach and education program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension San Diego, working in collaboration with University scientists and educators; the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures; the San Diego Beekeeping Society and other stakeholders. Program objectives are:

  • promote honey bee and apiary health
  • strengthen the beekeeping and honey production industry in the San Diego County region
  • share information on bee health and beekeeping best management practices (BMPs)

UC Cooperative Extension:

Program Staff:   Advisors:
Lea Corkidi, Program Coordinator   James A. Bethke
Leah Taylor, Program Assistant   Jennifer L. Pelham
Ben DiAnna, Digital Media Specialist   Elina L. NiƱo, Ph.D.
Jan Gonzales, Project Coordinator   Shannon C. Mueller, Ph.D.

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County of San Diego, Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures:

Apiary Program (Website)
Hotline: 1-800-200-2337 (BEES)

Who to call regarding bee concerns (PDF)

Beekeeper/apiary complaint form (PDF)

NOTE: The County of San Diego CANNOT remove bees from private property. They DO NOT recommend that you attempt to remove bees yourself. The bees may become agitated and you and others may be stung. Please contact a pest control company (look under "BEES" in the yellow pages) to find a local company that operates in your area.

The San Diego Beekeeping Society (SDBS):

The San Diego Beekeeping Society (SDBS) is an active group with a wide range of beekeeping experience amongst its members. Members of the SDBS Board collaborated in the development of the San Diego County Beekeeping ordinance and several members have been contributing partners in the development of this program.

SDBS Website

SDBS Program Collaborators-


This site provides education and outreach to the public and beekeepers to protect public safety within San Diego County in response to the the new apiary ordinance. The site has been developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension - Farm and Home Advisers Office in San Diego County with support from the San Diego County - Agriculture, Weights, and Measures Office.

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