Beekeeping (apiary) permits for national and conservation parks

New permitting hub

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has implemented a new permitting system, known as the Parks and Forest Permits Hub (P&FP), for permits issued on Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service-managed land.

The new online service hub is now available for use by permit holders and applicants from the DES website enabling you to:

  • manage your authority
  • submit renewals, amendments and returns
  • access all your documents in the one place.

To place bee hives in a national park or other protected area managed 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 transfer 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, in a conservation park. For sites in national parks, the Department of Environment and Science can only issue permits until December 2024. Amendments to this end date in the Nature Conservation Act 1992 are being considered and you will be advised when you can apply for a 4 or 5 year authority.

Steps to take before you apply for a permit

Check if an apiary site is available

View the apiary site maps below to check the availability of a site.

Applying for an apiary permit

Submit your application via Online services.

Learn more about Online services and access the user guides.

Fees for beekeeping on protected areas (effective 1 July 2021)

Permit term Standard fee per site
Up to 6 months $99.45
Up to 1 year $148.30
Up to 2 years $267.20
Up to 3 years $378.70
Up to 4 years $475.20
Up to 5 years $555.00
Transfer of apiary permit $67.25

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. Contact us for more information.

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

An automatic email reminder will be sent to notify you when permit renewals are due and another when the permit expires. You are responsible for ensuring your beekeeping activities are covered by the appropriate permits as required by the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

Apiary site maps

Apiary maps show the distribution of apiary sites and the availability status of each site. The Apiary maps for National Parks and Conservation Parks allows you to search by park or by zooming in on a particular park.

Email southernpermitsteam@des.qld.gov.au if you have any questions.

Additional information

When it is not possible to use Online Services to submit an application, you can use the hardcopy application form to apply for an apiary permit on an available site or for an apiary permit to be transferred to you (DOCX, 169KB).