Shire of Murray approval is required to keep bees.

Beekeepers must also register with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Number of Hives Permitted per Property

No more than two hives can generally be kept on a lot.

To keep more than two hives, please provide reasons writing with your application to us. 


The keeping of bees on a property with the Shire of Murray must comply with the following:

  • The lot where the bees are kept must have an adequate and permanent supply of water and the bees must have access to water at all times
  • The hive/s must be kept outside and at least 10m from any building, footpath, street or public place and at least 5m from the boundary of a lot
  • The hive must be enclosed on all sides by a fence wall or other enclosure to encourage bees to fly at a height over the property boundary
  • Keeping the bees must not cause a nuisance to other residents.

Health Local Law 2018

Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013

Report a nuisance

Report a nuisance 

For assistance with swarms or feral hives on your property, please consult the Western Australian Apiarists' Society website.