Beekeeping (apiary) permits for national 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, 890KB), the Forestry Act 1959 (PDF, 876KB), the Apiaries Act 1982 (PDF, 329KB) 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.

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 southernpermitsteam@nprsr.qld.gov.au to confirm the availability of a site or for more information.

Lodgement of apiary permits

Post applications to:

NPSR
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 and forestry areas (effective 1 July 2015)

You must pay all fees when lodging your application. 

Fee type Amount ($)
6 months or less 90.85
1 year 135.60
2 years 244.10
3 years 345.80
4 years 433.90
5 years 508.50
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 Apiaries Act 1992.

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

Permit renewals must be submitted 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.

Holding sites

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
(current/former) 

Bania National Park (PDF, 324KB)

Bania Forest Reserve
Wonbah Forest Reserve

Bellthorpe National Park (PDF, 382KB)

Bellthorpe Forest Reserve

Bingera National Park (PDF, 271KB)

Bingera Forest Reserve

Blackdown Tableland National Park (PDF, 257KB)

Blackdown Tableland Forest Reserve

Bulburin National Park (PDF, 409KB)

Bulburin Forest Reserve
Polmaily Forest Reserve 2

Bunya Mountains National Park (PDF, 276KB)

Neumgna Forest Reserve

Bunyaville Conservation Park (PDF, 363KB)

Bunyaville Forest Reserve

Canungra Conservation Park (PDF, 236KB)

Canungra Forest Reserve

Cherbourg National Park (PDF, 240KB)

Cherbourg Forest Reserve

Clear Mountain Regional Park 

Clear Mountain Forest Reserve 1
Clear Mountain Forest Reserve 2

Conondale National Park (northern) (PDF, 336KB)

Kenilworth Forest Reserve (PDF, 371KB)

Conondale National Park (central) (PDF, 371KB)

Conondale Forest Reserve 1 (PDF, 371KB)

Conondale National Park (southern) (PDF, 299KB)

Imbil Forest Reserve 1
Conondale Forest Reserve 2

Conondale Regional Park  

 

Cordalba National Park (PDF, 248KB)

Cordalba Forest Reserve

Crows Nest National Park (PDF, 270KB)

Perseverence Creek Forest Reserve

D'Aguilar National Park (northern) (PDF, 365KB)

D'Aguilar Forest Reserve (PDF, 886KB)

D'Aguilar National Park (southern) (PDF, 886KB)

Mount Glorious Forest Reserve (PDF, 886KB)

D'Aguilar National Park (northern) (PDF, 365KB)

D'Aguilar National Park (southern) (PDF, 886KB)

Mount Mee Forest Reserve (PDF, 365KB)

Enoggera Forest Reserve

Daisy Hill Regional Park (PDF, 300KB)

Daisy Hill Forest Reserve

Dan Dan National Park (PDF, 242KB)

Dan Dan Forest Reserve

Deer Reserve National Park (PDF, 250KB)

Deer Reserve Forest Reserve

Dularcha National Park (PDF, 265KB)

Mooloolah Forest Reserve

Eumundi Regional Park (PDF, 258KB)

Maroochy Forest Reserve 1
Maroochy Forest Reserve 3

Gatton National Park (PDF, 237KB)

Gatton Forest Reserve

Geham National Park (236KB)

Geham Forest Reserve

Glass House Mountains National Park (PDF, 638KB)

Beerwah Forest Reserve
Beerburrum Forest Reserve 1 (part)

Glass House Mountains Regional Park (PDF, 638KB)

Beerburrum Forest Reserve 1 (part)

Glenbar National Park (PDF, 254KB)

Miva Forest Reserve

 

Glen Rock State Forest (PDF, 257KB)

Goomboorian National Park (PDF, 275KB)

Goomboorian Forest Reserve
Woondum Forest Reserve 2

Great Sandy National Park (PDF, 673KB)

Toolara Forest Reserve
Womalah Forest Reserve

Grongah National Park (PDF, 289KB)

Grongah Forest Reserve
Marodian Forest Reserve
Teebar Forest Reserve 1

Gympie National Park (PDF, 267KB)

Gympie Forest Reserve

Kirrama National Park (PDF, 305KB)

Kirrama Forest Reserve

Kondalilla National Park (PDF, 269KB)

Maleny Forest Reserve 3

Kroombit Tops National Park (PDF, 281KB)

Littabella National Park (PDF, 287KB)

Littabella Regional Park (PDF, 287KB)

Kroombit Tops Forest Reserve
Littabella Forest Reserve

 

Littabella South Forest Reserve (PDF, 245KB)

Lockyer National Park (PDF, 344KB)

Lockyer Forest Reserve

Lockyer Regional Park (PDF, 344KB)

 

Main Range National Park (PDF, 638KB)

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, 285KB)

Walli Forest Reserve

Mapleton National Park (PDF, 533KB)

Mapleton Forest Reserve (PDF, 533KB)

Moggill Regional Park (PDF, 260KB)

Mount Barney National Park (PDF, 350KB)

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

Mount Binga National Park (PDF, 247KB)

Mount Binga Forest Reserve

Mount Walsh National Park (PDF, 262KB)

Boompa Forest Reserve 2

Nangur National Park (PDF, 244KB)

Nerang Regional Park (PDF, 242KB)

Nangur Forest Reserve
Clagiraba Forest Reserve

Nerang National Park (PDF, 453KB)

Nerang Forest Reserve (PDF, 453KB)

 

Nerang State Forest (PDF, 453KB)

Nour Nour National Park (PDF, 264KB)

Nour Nour Forest Reserve

Oakview National Park (PDF, 257KB)

Parklands Regional Park (PDF, 257KB)

Oakview Forest Reserve
Parklands Forest Reserve

Pidna National Park (PDF, 241KB)

Samford Regional Park (PDF, 303KB)

Pidna Forest Reserve
Samford Forest Reserve

Springbrook National Park (PDF, 460KB)

Austinville Forest Reserve 1
Austinville Forest Reserve 2
Numinbah Forest Reserve

Tamborine National Park (PDF, 464KB)

Tamborine Forest Reserve (PDF, 464KB)

Tewantin National Park (PDF, 564KB)

Tewantin Forest Reserve 3

Tewantin Forest Reserve 1 (part)

Tuchekoi National Park (PDF, 259KB)

Tuchekoi Forest Reserve

Warro National Park (PDF, 252KB)

Warro Forest Reserve

Woondum National Park (PDF, 348KB)

Woondum Forest Reserve 1

Wongi National Park (PDF, 346KB)

Wongi Forest Reserve (PDF, 261KB)

Woocoo National Park (PDF, 237KB)

Wrattens National Park (northern) (PDF, 304KB)

Wrattens National Park (southern) (PDF, 299KB)

Wrattens Regional Park (northern) (PDF, 304KB)

Wrattens Regional Park (southern) (PDF, 299KB)

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

Last reviewed
July 1, 2015