Capital Area Beekeepers Association

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LSU Model Beekeeping Ordinance (Guidelines developed by LSU to assist municipalities develop ordinances for beekeeping.)

Homebrewing Mead Louisiana Statutes (Guidelines that regulate homebrewing of mead.)

Apiary Law RS 3:2301-2311 (Highlights: prevention of contagious and infectious honeybee diseases from entering or leaving the state through registration and inspection requirements.)

Apiary Regulations, State Register Title 7, Part XV, Chapter 5 (Highlights: movement of honeybees and equipment in and out of Louisiana, classes of apiary permits, inspection, quarantine, Certificates of Inspection.)

La Dept of Ag and Forestry New Apiary Permit Application (Required for all beekeepers.)

La Dept of Ag and Forestry Application for Apiary Inspection  (Available for beekeepers to assist them in determining chemical kills, presence of Foul Broods and other infectious diseases, etc.)

East Baton Rouge Parish Code of Ordinances for Beekeeping  (A few highlights within this document:

  • bees must be kept in Langstroth type hives with removable frames
  •  provide convenient source of water to the bees at all times during the year so that the bees will not congregate at swimming pools, bibcocks, pet watering bowls, birdbaths, or other water sources where they may cause human, bird, or domestic pet contact
  • all colonies shall be maintained with marked queens from European stock
  • colony density shall be for one-quarter acre or less tract size—Two (2) colonies max
  • In apiaries the beekeeper shall conspicuously post a sign setting forth his name and telephone number. In addition, the beekeeper's registration yard marker, provided by the LDAF, shall be posted on a sign within the apiary
  • The director of mosquito abatement and rodent control or his designees shall have the right to inspect any apiary between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Where practicable, prior notice shall be given to the beekeeper if he resides at the apiary or if his name is marked on the hives, If upon inspection, it is determined that the bees are unusually aggressive so as to pose an immediate threat of bodily harm or death to humans or animals, the inspector shall have the right to have the bees destroyed immediately without the necessity of a hearing.)
Structural Pest Control Programs-Department of Agriculture and Forestry Sets forth regulations for pest (which includes honeybees) removals and the uses of products to kill pests. This one is more difficult for the reader to decipher. In speaking to our state's horticulture & Quarantine Programs office, CABA was informed that honeybee removals fall into this arena and anyone who does honeybee removals should be aware and follow these rules. Beekeepers should be aware that using any form of "killing" product is regulated by this program and there are large fines associated with violations. Killing products include natural products such as soapy water. Beekeepers are encouraged to call the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Horticulture & Quarantine Programs directly for more complete explanations and inquires. (225) 952-8100.

HoneyBee Act    7 U.S. Code ยง 281.Honeybee importation (The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit or restrict the importation or entry of honeybees and honeybee semen into or through the United States in order to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases and parasites harmful to honeybees, the introduction of genetically undesirable germ plasm of honeybees, or the introduction and spread of undesirable species or subspecies of honeybees and the semen of honeybees.)

CABA is a non-profit beekeeping organization for the Louisiana capital region.


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