Guarantees and legislation for urban beekeeping

Before setting up a bee hive in the city, on a rooftop or in the garden of company or organisation, Apiterra ensures that all the prevailing norms are respected. Apiterra also guarantees the origin of our hives and delivers a high-quality apiary.

Apiterra’s guarantees

Apiterra has secured its breeding process and set up quality procedures and monitoring of its activities with the DDPP (Direction Départementale de la Protection des Populations: Departmental Service for Protection of Populations).
The aim of the DDPP is to protect the production of animal food products. As part of its work, it combats animal disease, monitors breeding conditions, checks that regulations are applied, controls the use and distribution of veterinary medicines, monitors the manufacture of food for animals, delivers certificates for exporting animals, supervises imports, and delivers the authorisations required for certain activities (certification of livestock, etc.).
To effectively combat the excessive mortality rate of bees, Apiterra has also signed an agreement with INRA concerning the search for a bee strain that is naturally resistant to Varroa destructor, a major cause of fatalities in bees.
Lastly, a veterinary surgery has been appointed to carry out audits on Apiterra bee hives and to control all the colonies sold.
In this way, Apiterra guarantees the best services for your bees and for setting up a bee hive in your company or organisation.

Current legislation about city bee hives

The main obligation in setting up bee hives in the city is to complete the annual apiary declaration. From the very first bee hive, this declaration is obligatory. All owners of bee hives are subject to this declaration, whether as owners whose hobby is beekeeping or for professional beekeepers. This declaration must be renewed each year. It is imperative that the beekeeper should have a Siret number or a NUMAGRIT number.

Choosing the right location for an apiary is vital, particularly in the city. Bee hives must be placed at a certain distance from neighbouring properties and public roads. Distances are given in the Rural Code. Hives must be set up over 10 metres from public roads and over 100 metres from public bodies such as schools or hospitals. These distances may be modified by prefectural order or municipal decree, and do not apply when the owner has no neighbours living close by. On the bee hive, it is essential to display the NAPI, the beekeeper’s number.
Article 1385 of the Civil Code states that the owner of an animal is responsible for any damage it causes, whether the animal is under his control, is lost or has escaped. To protect oneself from risks, it is strongly recommended to take out an insurance. Apiterra takes care of all insurance obligations, particularly in terms of civil liability.
if you sell the produce of a bee hive, you must keep a livestock registry. This registry contains the data relating to the beekeeper and the hives, to the movement of honey bee colonies, to health inspections and medical treatments. It must be kept for five years, together with the receipts for the annual apiary declaration.
Finally, when a hive is set up in the city, it is important to take neighbours into account and to work with the health authorities. It is also necessary to make a declaration at the city hall or at the DDSV (veterinary services) if any disease is suspected or declared.
As part of its work in setting up a bee hive in your company, Apiterra will take care of all the required administrative procedures on your behalf.