Beekeeping (apiary) permits for national and conservation parks

To place bee hives in a national park or other protected area covered by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, you must apply for an apiary permit for an available site.

Apiary activities in protected areas are governed by the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the Forestry Act 1959, the Biosecurity Act 2014 and the Land Act 1994.

Available apiary sites occur where a national park is declared on land that:

  • is actively being used for beekeeping and the apiary permit has not already expired
  • has been previously defined as a forest reserve within the defined South-East Queensland Forest Process. In this situation, apiary permits can continue to be issued by the agency through a special management area framework.

Permit requirements

To conduct an apiary business in a national park or other protected areas in Queensland, you must:

An apiary permit can be offered for a minimum of 6 months or less, up to a maximum of 5 years. You can apply to have it reissued.

Steps to take before you apply for a permit

Check if an apiary site is available

Email to confirm the availability of a site or for more information.

Lodgement of apiary permits

Post applications to:

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187

For security reasons, credit card details can no longer be emailed to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS).

Permit fees for protected areas and state forests (effective 1 July 2019)

You must pay fees when lodging your application.

Fee type Amount ($)
6 months or less 96.10
More than 6 months but not more than 1 year 143.40
More than 1 year but not more than 2 years 258.20
More than 2 years but not more than 3 years 365.90
More than 3 years but not more than 4 years 459.10
For a term of more than 4 years but no more than 5 years 537.00
Transfer of apiary permit 65.00

Placing hives in the park

You must speak with local rangers at least 48 hours prior to placing your hives or undertaking clearing of a site. Relocation of sites must not occur without local ranger approval.

Hives must be identified as per the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Sites must not exceed an area of 600m2 and not contain more than 150 hives.

All equipment brought to the permit area, including any equipment used as a smoker, must be maintained to avoid a fire threat. Use of a lit smoker must be contained within the permit area and be completely extinguished after use.

Renewing permits

Submit permit renewals 40 business days before the expiry of your current permit. Once a permit has expired, other apiarists can apply to take over a site.

While every effort will be made to notify you when permit renewals are due, you are responsible for ensuring your beekeeping activities are covered by the appropriate permits as required by the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Nature Conservation (Administration) Regulation 2017.

Holding sites

QPWS will hold sites for 2 weeks to give you time to view the area. If QPWS does not receive your response within this time, the sites will be removed from hold and opened for viewing for other apiarists.

Apiary site maps

Apiary maps show the distribution of apiary sites and the availability status of each site. However, due to changes in the way we issue permits, apiary maps are no longer linked to the permit system.

Because the apiary sites will progressively appear to be vacant, you can email to find out if your nominated site is available.

National Park and other protected areas

State Forest/Forest Reserve

Bania National Park (PDF, 370KB)

Bania Forest Reserve
Wonbah Forest Reserve

Bellthorpe National Park (PDF, 443KB)

Bellthorpe Forest Reserve

Bingera National Park (PDF, 247KB)

Bingera Forest Reserve

Blackdown Tableland National Park (PDF, 333KB)

Blackdown Tableland Forest Reserve

Bulburin National Park (PDF, 493KB)

Bulburin Forest Reserve
Polmaily Forest Reserve 2

Bunya Mountains National Park (PDF, 242KB)

Neumgna Forest Reserve

Bunyaville Conservation Park (PDF, 286KB)

Bunyaville Forest Reserve

Canungra Conservation Park (PDF, 191KB)

Canungra Forest Reserve

Cherbourg National Park (PDF, 200KB)

Cherbourg Forest Reserve

Clear Mountain Regional Park

Clear Mountain Forest Reserve 1
Clear Mountain Forest Reserve 2

Conondale National Park (northern) (PDF, 634KB)

Kenilworth Forest Reserve (PDF, 573KB)

Conondale National Park (central) (PDF, 573KB)

Conondale Forest Reserve 1 (PDF, 573KB)

Conondale National Park (southern) (PDF, 448KB)

Imbil Forest Reserve 1
Conondale Forest Reserve 2

Conondale Regional Park


Cordalba National Park (PDF, 226KB)

Cordalba Forest Reserve

Crows Nest National Park (PDF, 262KB)

Perseverance Creek Forest Reserve

D'Aguilar National Park (northern) (PDF, 488KB)

D'Aguilar Forest Reserve (PDF, 977KB)

D'Aguilar National Park (southern) (PDF, 977KB)

Mount Glorious Forest Reserve (PDF, 977KB)

D'Aguilar National Park (northern) (PDF, 488KB)

D'Aguilar National Park (southern) (PDF, 977KB)

Mount Mee Forest Reserve (PDF, 488KB)

Enoggera Forest Reserve

Daisy Hill Conservation Park (PDF, 244KB)

Daisy Hill Forest Reserve

Dan Dan National Park (PDF, 216KB)

Dan Dan Forest Reserve

Deer Reserve National Park (PDF, 212KB)

Deer Reserve Forest Reserve

Dularcha National Park (PDF, 224KB)

Mooloolah Forest Reserve

Eumundi Conservation Park (PDF, 216KB)

Maroochy Forest Reserve 1
Maroochy Forest Reserve 3

Gatton National Park (PDF, 208KB)

Gatton Forest Reserve

Geham National Park (PDF, 188KB)

Geham Forest Reserve

Glass House Mountains National Park (PDF, 870KB)

Beerwah Forest Reserve
Beerburrum Forest Reserve 1 (part)

Glass House Mountains Conservation Park (PDF, 870KB)

Beerburrum Forest Reserve 1 (part)

Glenbar National Park (PDF, 267KB)

Miva Forest Reserve


Glen Rock State Forest (PDF, 339KB)

Goomboorian National Park (PDF, 228KB)

Goomboorian Forest Reserve
Woondum Forest Reserve 2

Great Sandy National Park (PDF, 1.3MB)

Toolara Forest Reserve
Womalah Forest Reserve

Grongah National Park (PDF, 336KB)

Grongah Forest Reserve
Marodian Forest Reserve
Teebar Forest Reserve 1

Gympie National Park (PDF, 240KB)

Gympie Forest Reserve

Kirrama National Park (PDF, 278KB)

Kirrama Forest Reserve

Kondalilla National Park (PDF, 231KB)

Maleny Forest Reserve 3

Kroombit Tops National Park (PDF, 297KB)

Littabella National Park (PDF, 311KB)

Littabella Conservation Park (PDF, 311KB)

Kroombit Tops Forest Reserve
Littabella Forest Reserve


Littabella South Forest Reserve (PDF, 311KB)

Lockyer National Park (PDF, 354KB)

Lockyer Forest Reserve

Lockyer Regional Park (PDF, 354KB)


Main Range National Park (PDF, 500KB)

Alford Forest Reserve
Goomburra Forest Reserve
Spicers Gap Forest Reserve
Teviot Forest Reserve
Mt Mathieson Forest Reserve
Emu Vale Forest Reserve

Maleny National Park (PDF, 223KB)

Walli Forest Reserve

Mapleton National Park (PDF, 652KB)

Mapleton Forest Reserve (PDF, 652KB)

Moggill Conservation Park (PDF, 212KB)

Mount Barney National Park (PDF, 309KB)

Moggill Forest Reserve
Burnett Creek Forest Reserve
Palen Forest Reserve 1
Palen Forest Reserve 2

Mount Binga National Park (PDF, 243KB)

Mount Binga Forest Reserve

Mount Walsh National Park (PDF, 250KB)

Boompa Forest Reserve 2

Nangur National Park (PDF, 219KB)

Nerang Conservation Park (PDF, 196KB)

Nangur Forest Reserve
Clagiraba Forest Reserve

Nerang National Park (PDF, 441KB)

Nerang Forest Reserve (PDF, 441KB)


Nerang State Forest (PDF, 441KB)

Nour Nour National Park (PDF, 255KB)

Nour Nour Forest Reserve

Oakview National Park (PDF, 218KB)

Parklands Conservation Park (PDF, 216KB)

Oakview Forest Reserve
Parklands Forest Reserve

Pidna National Park (PDF, 195KB)

Samford Conservation Park (PDF, 247KB)

Pidna Forest Reserve
Samford Forest Reserve

Springbrook National Park (PDF, 396KB)

Austinville Forest Reserve 1
Austinville Forest Reserve 2
Numinbah Forest Reserve

Tamborine National Park (PDF, 295KB)

Tamborine Forest Reserve (PDF, 295KB)

Tewantin National Park (PDF, 483KB)

Tewantin Forest Reserve 3

Tewantin Forest Reserve 1 (part)

Tuchekoi National Park (PDF, 216KB)

Tuchekoi Forest Reserve

Warro National Park (PDF, 225KB)

Warro Forest Reserve

Woondum National Park (PDF, 370KB)

Woondum Forest Reserve 1

Wongi National Park (PDF, 587KB)

Wongi Forest Reserve

Woocoo National Park (PDF, 198KB)

Wrattens National Park (northern) (PDF, 407KB)

Wrattens National Park (southern) (PDF, 537KB)

Wrattens Regional Park (northern) (PDF, 407KB)

Wrattens Regional Park (southern) (PDF, 537KB)

Woocoo Forest Reserve
Kandanga Forest Reserve
Wrattens Forest Reserve
Yabba Forest Reserve 2