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It is legal to keep honeybees in New York City.

You can keep honeybees as a hobby or profession. You must:

  • Register your beekeeping operation with the Department of Health within 30 days of establishing your hive.
  • Renew your registration annually. You must file a notice with the City by May 31 of each year.
  • Follow operating and maintenance guidelines.

Learn more about bees and beekeeping.

Get beekeeping guidelines and a notice form.

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