Bees and wasps

Bees and wasps

tPlease refer to the Environmental Health By-Law.


A person may keep a maximum number of bee hives specified in column 2 on land of size specified in column 1.

Land Size (m2) Maximum Number of Bee Hives
<400 0
400 - 1000 2
1000 - 2000 5
2000 - 4000 10

A person must not keep more than the maximum number of bee hives specified in sub clause 1 without the written permission of the General Manager. If you want to keep more than the maximum number of bee hives, complete the application form located at the bottom of the page.

A person keeping bee hives must ensure:

  • the provision of a good and sufficient water supply on the land which is readily accessible by the bees on the land
  • each bee hive is located near a screen or other barrier so as to prevent the bees flying less than 3 metres over a thoroughfare, public place or adjoining land.

A person must not keep bee hives within 3 metres of a property boundary.

Collection of bee swarms

If you are experiencing a nuisance issue with bees from a neighbouring property please complete the customer request form.

Removal of bee swarms by an experienced beekeeper prevents the need to use pesticides. The Southern Tasmanian Beekeepers Association Inc. has a list of beekeepers who can remove a swarm of bees.

View the Southern Tasmanian Beekeepers swarm collection page.


We do not remove wasps from private properties. If you have an issue with wasps, we recommend that wasp nests are removed by a pest control specialist.

If you find a wasp nest on City of Hobart property (such as a playground or park but not bushland reserve) please contact us on 03 6278 2711.

Application to keep bee hives

You can apply to keep bee hived by completing the online application form. A printable form is available on our forms page.