Apiary Site Fire Waivers

Waivers for Public Apiary Sites Affected by the 2019/2020 bushfires

To support the recovery of apiarists whose public land sites were affected by fire during the 2019/2020 summer fires, the NSW government has provided waivers for the 2012/2022 and 2022/2023 permit periods for specific apiary sites that were heavily impacted by fire during this period.

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Waivers will automatically be provided for Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) sites identified as having a high average severity or critical severity class in the NSW Government’s Fire Extent and Severity Mapping (FESM) 2019/2020. This rating is based on identifying partial or complete canopy consumption.

The deadline of 31st October 2021 has passed for apiarists with sites not identified as eligible to request a waiver review.

For assistance with accessing BPASS or with a waiver request, contact the Apiary Sites Service Desk via apiary.sites@dpi.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 6391 3464.  Depending on the volume of requests, there may be delays in responding to enquiries.


Waivers have been confirmed for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 periods. What about sites that may not have recovered for the following period?

- NSW Government have committed to funding for the 2021/2022 period and the 2022/2023 period.  The recovery of sites and availability of funding will be assessed in 2023 for the following period.

What area is being taken into account in the FESM analysis?

-For FCNSW sites, it will be based on the average rating across the area of the apiary range. For NPWS sites, it will be based on a 1km radius around the set down site.

Where can I learn more about FESM?

-Further information about FESM is available on NSW Government’s SEED open data portal.