Beekeeping (apiary) permits for national and regional 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 (PDF, 1.3MB), the Forestry Act 1959 (PDF, 1.4MB), the Biosecurity Act 2014 (PDF, 2MB) and the Land Act 1994 (PDF, 1.6MB).
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.
To conduct an apiary business in a national park or other protected areas in Queensland, you must:
- apply for an apiary permit on an available site or apply for an apiary permit to be transferred to you - apiary site maps are shown below
- be a registered beekeeper to be eligible for this permit.
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 email@example.com to confirm the availability of a site or for more information.
Lodgement of apiary permits
Post applications to:
PO Box 15187
CITY EAST QLD 4002
For security reasons, credit card details can no longer be emailed to the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR).
Permit fees for protected areas and state forests (effective 1 July 2016)
You must pay fees when lodging your application.
Please note: Apiary site permit fees have increased approximately 19.87% due to the 3 year rolling average of the Capilano Quota Honey Price. To offset the increase, NPSR is offering a full rebate of the increased fee for the 2016-17 financial year. The fee per site will remain the same as 2015-16.
|Fee type||Amount ($)|
|6 months or less||90.85|
|Transfer of apiary permit||61.45|
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.
Submit permit renewals 30 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 Regulation 1994.
NPSR will hold sites for 2 weeks to give you time to view the area. If NPSR 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
The apiary maps show the current distribution of apiary sites and the availability status of each site.
Please note that the status of apiary sites is indicative only. Sites shown as vacant may have applications for apiary permits currently being processed.
National Park and other protected areas
State Forest/Forest Reserve
Bania Forest Reserve
Bellthorpe Forest Reserve
Bingera Forest Reserve
Blackdown Tableland Forest Reserve
Bulburin Forest Reserve
Neumgna Forest Reserve
Bunyaville Forest Reserve
Canungra Forest Reserve
Cherbourg Forest Reserve
Clear Mountain Regional Park
Clear Mountain Forest Reserve 1
Imbil Forest Reserve 1
Conondale Regional Park
Cordalba Forest Reserve
Perseverance Creek Forest Reserve
Enoggera Forest Reserve
Daisy Hill Forest Reserve
Dan Dan Forest Reserve
Deer Reserve Forest Reserve
Mooloolah Forest Reserve
Maroochy Forest Reserve 1
Gatton Forest Reserve
Geham Forest Reserve
Beerwah Forest Reserve
Beerburrum Forest Reserve 1 (part)
Miva Forest Reserve
Goomboorian Forest Reserve
Toolara Forest Reserve
Grongah Forest Reserve
Gympie Forest Reserve
Kirrama Forest Reserve
Maleny Forest Reserve 3
Kroombit Tops Forest Reserve
Lockyer Forest Reserve
Alford Forest Reserve
Walli Forest Reserve
Moggill Forest Reserve
Mount Binga Forest Reserve
Boompa Forest Reserve 2
Nangur Forest Reserve
Nour Nour Forest Reserve
Oakview Forest Reserve
Pidna Forest Reserve
Austinville Forest Reserve 1
Tewantin Forest Reserve 3
Tewantin Forest Reserve 1 (part)
Tuchekoi Forest Reserve
Warro Forest Reserve
Woondum Forest Reserve 1
Woocoo Forest Reserve