Effective date: 1/1/2014

    (1) Managed European honey bee colonies may be located on either:
    (a) Land classified as agricultural under Florida Statutes § 193.461, provided they are compliant with the provisions of Chapter 586, F.S., and all rules promulgated thereunder; or
    (b) Land considered to be integral to a beekeeping operation other than agriculture provided the beekeeper signs a Beekeeper Compliance Agreement — Best Management Requirements for Maintaining European Honey Bee Colonies (FDACS 08492, revised 09/13).
    (2) The Beekeeper Compliance Agreement — Best Management Requirements for Maintaining European Honeybee Colonies (FDACS-08492, revised 09/13) is hereby incorporated in this rule by reference and a copy may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, Post Office Box 147100, Gainesville, Florida 32614-7100 or online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03379. The Beekeeper Compliance Agreement — Best Management Requirements for Maintaining European Honey Bee Colonies (FDACS-08492, revised 09/13) provides best management requirements for maintaining European honey bee colonies on non-agricultural lands including swarm prevention techniques as explained in Swarm Control for Managed Beehives (UF-IFAS Publication ENY-160, revised November 2012) which is hereby incorporated in this rule by reference and a copy may be obtained from the Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection, Post Office Box 147100, Gainesville, Florida 32614-7100 or online at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03380.
    (3) Special Permits — The Director of the Division of Plant Industry shall issue a special permit for the placement of managed honey bee colonies on lands other than agricultural that do not meet the requirements within subsection (2) above provided the property is determined to be integral to a beekeeping operation based on the following standards and conditions:
    (a) The property owner must submit a written request to the Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection that includes a map of the property with the proposed number and location of the managed honey bee colonies;
    (b) The property owner must submit a written explanation of the justification for a special permit, including measures that will be taken to mitigate any best management requirements that cannot be met and any other special circumstances that are relevant; and
    (c) Agreement from the Division of Plant Industry Assistant Chief of Apiary Inspection and the Chief of Plant and Apiary Inspection that a special permit is justified and the bee keeping operation will not pose a public nuisance or unacceptable safety concern.
Rulemaking authorized by Florida Statutes § 586.10. Law Implemented 586.045, 586.10(3)(f), (3)(i), 586.15 FS. History—New 1-1-14.