Beekeepers must comply with the Florida Beekeepers` Compliance Agreement – the best management requirements for the conservation of bee colonies produced by the FDACS-DPI (see references). These must be monitored by all registered beekeepers, even if the bee colonies are located on county or state land or are used for educational purposes. Bee colonies should not be located on public lands, including schools, parks and similar sites, unless the director of the FDACS-DPI issues a special letter of authorization and the property manager`s written consent is acquired. To obtain the special letter of authorization, an FDACS-DPI beekeeper must conduct an on-site visit to bee inspectors to ensure that potential bee thieves meet compliance criteria. The Director of THE FDACS-DPI, the Director of the Apiary Inspection Section and the Regional Beekeeping Officer will meet to discuss the site. The director of the FDACS-DPI will issue an authorization if the site is deemed fit to host beekeeping. 150 (3) The Honey Bee Queen Compliance Agreement, FDACS-08419, Revised 1/18, offers the best management requirements for the management of Honey Bee Queens. This agreement is included as a reference and is available online at 180www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No-Ref-09152182. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. 2013. Best management requirements for bee queen manufacturing in Florida.
www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/24006/486787/bmp_hbq.doc This document is designed as a reference for bee management in Florida, with an emphasis on the location of hives in sensitive locations. These recommendations are supposed to be a recipe for harmonious cooperation between beekeepers, neighbours and landowners. 47 (b) areas classified as non-agricultural in accordance with Section 54193.461, F.S., 56 and which are an integral part of agriculture, provided that the beekeeper signs a beekeepers` compliance agreement, FDACS-08492, revised 12/17. This compliance agreement is a reference and can be accessed online at 88www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No-Ref-0915390. People who own bees in Florida (any number of colonies) are legally required to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Plant Industry Division (FDACS-DPI-www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Bureaus-industry/Bureaus-and-Services/Bureau of Plant-and-Apiary Inspection/ Imapiary Inspection). Renewal forms are sent annually to pre-registered beekeepers for return to the FDACS-Division of Plant Industry (DPI), as well as the corresponding annual tax set in the tax regulations. Beekeepers who change their address are asked to notify the service. For more information on registering bee colonies in Florida, see: www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Business-Services/Registrations-and-Certifications/Beekeeper-Registration. Bee rearing requires responsible management so that bees do not become a nuisance.