Shire approval for beehives

Residents can keep up to two beehives on their property without Shire approval. If you want to keep more than two beehives, you will require planning approval.

Requirements for keeping bees

All beekeepers in Western Australia must register with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Each beehive must be marked with the owner’s registration identifier.

It is a Shire requirement that all bee hives:

  • Are enclosed on all sides by a fence, wall or other enclosure
  • Be at least 5 meters from the boundary of the lot
  • Are kept outside and at least 10 meters from a building
  • Are at least 10 meters from any footpath, street or public place
  • Have an adequate and permanent supply of water on the lot within 10 meters from any building other than a fence.

More information and contacts

For more information please contact the Shire’s Health Services on 9290 6742 or email