Registration is required to be submitted annually by the first of January or within 30 days of acquiring a honey bee hive.
Registration fee is free for beekeepers who own nine or fewer hives or $10 for those with ten or more hives. Owners can occur fines of up to $1000 for reported apiaries found to be unregistered.
Once registered, beekeepers become part of the San Diego County honey bee network to receive information on educational opportunities, research, and regulatory efforts; as well as notifications before “toxic to bees” labeled pesticides are applied within one mile of a registered apiary. Registration also provides beekeepers easier access to the expertise of the county entomologist and inspector, and/or to apiary specialists.