And from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Here are the guidelines
• You must not keep a bee hive on a lot that is smaller than 400 square metres.
• You must not keep more than two bee hives on a lot greater than 400 square metres and less than 1000 square metres.
• You must not keep more than five bee hives on a lot greater than 1000 square metres and less than 2000 square metres.
• You must not keep more than ten bee hives on a lot greater than 2000 square metres and less than 4000 square metres.
• If you own one or more hives you must be registered through Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) in accordance with the Apiaries Act 1982. Can you please mention that whilst keeping bees provides environmental benefit, consideration should also be given to neighbours who may have bee sting allergies that can result in hospitalisation.
This is the council's release on beekeeping in Noosa - initially they gave us the wrong information but backtracked to confirm the ban on new bee hives in urban areas - Beekeeping is encouraged in the rural areas of the Shire as our native plants need bees for pollination, so they can reproduce. Bees are also important to crop growers in supporting fruit and vegetable production.
On a rural property of 4 hectares or more, the keeping of bees does not require Council approval, providing it meets the requirements of the Rural Zone and Rural Activities Code.
This includes maintaining a minimum 40-metre setback to other properties and 10-metre setback to the road.
Under the New Noosa Plan, which took effect on July 31, beekeeping is no longer permitted in suburban areas. However, existing use rights apply where residents can demonstrate that they were already keeping bees when the new scheme took effect. These residents can continue to keep up to three beehives, subject to conditions.
The New Noosa Plan does not currently differentiate between native and European bees. We will refer this issue to our Strategic Planning team for community consultation as part of a future planning scheme amendment process. ENDS.
Gympie - In relation to your further inquiry below, at Gympie Regional Council beekeeping can be Planning Scheme matter or a Local Laws matter.
Beekeeping is a Planning Scheme matter if the beekeeping is a commercial operation where the owner is selling the honey. This will require a material change of use (MCU) application.
People could have a commercial beekeeping operation on a suburban block; as part of the MCU application process, the application would be impact assessable, which may attract submissions from neighbours.
To date, Gympie Regional Council has not processed an MCU application for beekeeping.
In assessing an MCU application for beekeeping on a suburban block (including the numbers of hives and type of bees), Council may consider things like:
. traffic movements
. visual impacts for neighbours
. scale (e.g. the number of hives in relation to the size of the block)
. boundary setbacks.
These things would be assessed on a case-by-case basis and customised conditions may be applied.
Gympie Regional Council does not currently have a Local Law on beekeeping for domestic purposes.
All beekeepers should take note of state government requirements under the Biosecurity Act 2014 to register beehives.