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Beekeeper Notification

The NJ Pesticide Control Regulations at NJAC 7:30-9.11 allow beekeepers to voluntarily register their bee yards with the DEP and require pesticide applicators to notify those beekeepers at least 24 hours prior to the application of any pesticide labeled as toxic to bees if any registered bee yard is located within three miles of the application site. Some pesticide applications are specifically exempt from the notification requirement as specified in the following link http://www.nj.gov/dep/enforcement/pcp/regulations/Subchapter%209.pdf.

Notification to the beekeeper is mandatory for the pesticide applicator, but it is up to each individual beekeeper to register any or all bee yard locations. There is no limit to the number of bee yards that may be registered. The list of Officially Registered Bee Yards is posted annually on March 1. Any beekeeper registering yards after March 1 and choosing to be included on the DEP Notification List, will not appear on the current year’s list but will be added to the next annual registration list.

New Jersey laws require that all bee yards in New Jersey where bees are over-wintering be registered annually with the Department of Agriculture. In a collaborative effort to reach significantly more beekeepers throughout the State and afford greater protection for thousands of bee yards, the DEP’s voluntary Bee Yard Registration Form has been merged with the Department of Agriculture’s Apiary Registration Form which is available at the following link https://www24.state.nj.us/AG_Apiary/ApiaryApp.

To ensure that bee yards are included on the DEP’s List of Officially Registered Bee Yards, it is the responsibility of the beekeeper when registering bee yards with the Department of Agriculture to check the last box on the Apiary Registration Form as shown below under Beekeeping Services: (Voluntary Information)

BEEKEEPING SERVICES: (VOLUNTARY INFORMATION)

I will collect honey bee swarms

I want to be certified to raise honey bee queens for sale in New Jersey

I want to be certified to sell splits, nucs or frames of brood in New Jersey.

I provide pollination service for a fee to farmers in New Jersey

My bee yard information here reported is to be shared with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Pesticide Control solely for the purpose of requesting that I be notified, pursuant to NJAC 7:30-9.11, when certain pesticide applications are made near my bee yard/yards.

Click here for the current List of Officially Registered Bee Yards

All new registrations and renewals must be received by the Pesticide Control Program by March 1st to be included on the official notification list for that year. Follow the instructions on the registration forms for renewals or new registrations. Be sure to provide all the required information to avoid missing the March 1st deadline.

 
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