Hive placement

Distance between apiaries

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, you must be aware of and adhere to the minimum distances required between hives in certain cases. Distance between hives supports commercial beekeepers and allows them to work their hives without robbing. The extra distance specified for queen bee breeding apiaries provides additional assurance in maintaining the purity of queen bee lines.

It is prohibited to establish:

  • an apiary site containing more than 40 hives within less than 0.8km from an established apiary with more than 40 hives present on the site
  • and

  • any apiary site (regardless of the number of hives) within less than 2km from a queen bee breeding apiary.