Do I need a permit to keep bees in Massachusetts?
At this time, a permit is not required, although you must register your hive so it can be inspected annually.
Can I move my bees to another state?
Not without an inspection to make sure they are free from disease.
How far in advance should I schedule and inspection?
The Chief Apiary Inspector must be notified at least sixty (60) days in advance.
Is the notification for bringing bees into Massachusetts also 60 days?
No, only 48 hours of advance notification is required.
There is a nest around my house or bees have gotten into my walls. What should I do?
You might consider an exterminator. Otherwise, call our office so we can put you in touch with a beekeeper who might want the bees who are bothering you.
People also viewed...
You recently viewed...
Personalization is OFF. Your personal browsing history at Mass.gov is not visible because your personalization is turned off. To view your history, turn your personalization on.
Learn more on our .
*Recommendations are based on site visitor traffic patterns and are not endorsements of that content.