Log in

Information & Resources


STATE PROGRAMS Applications for the Beehive Distribution Program (Program) will be accepted August 28, 2023, through September 12, 2023. When the application period opens on August 28, a link to an online application will be made available on the program’s webpage.

Virginia State Apiary Inspections Contact Map

click images to go to pages

How do I find the beekeeping laws for my city or county?

Check your county or city ordinances. Some cities or counties have beekeeping specific ordinances while others have beekeeping as a part of the nuisance laws.

Find Virginia Ordinances HERE


Your local government may also have concerns about how beekeeping affects your community, on a neighbor-to-neighbor basis. The more people are in your area, the more your community may be affected. Bees can sting and swarm and they naturally roam, meaning there’s a chance they can hurt people off your property.

Not all communities have ordinances that specifically address beekeeping. Take the Hampton Roads, Va., metropolitan area as a sample. In Newport News and Hampton, there is no specific mention of beekeeping, but there are general ordinances regarding livestock and wild animals. Poquoson has an ordinance regarding farm animals in general but not bees in particular. Norfolk has an ordinance regarding nuisance animals and “wild, exotic or poisonous animals.” York, Virginia Beach and Suffolk specifically regulate beekeeping under their residential zoning ordinances. In cases where the ordinances are unclear, ask advice from your city or county administrators about how the locality would view your hobby.

Invasive Species Affecting Pollinators

Join Us On FaceBook

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software