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.