Nuisance bee complaint guidelines


The Biosecurity Act 2015 allows for action to be taken if bees are hived (i.e. kept in a bee box), and under some form of management by a person are found to be:

  • a danger to public health; or
  • a danger to public safety.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) does not have a legal responsibility to manage any threat or nuisance caused by feral colonies, such as bees in a tree or bee swarms.

DPI will investigate and may take action where a demonstrated risk to public health or public safety is determined.

The topics in this Primefact include:

  • Risk to public health
  • Risk to public safety
  • Evidence to support a complaint
  • The investigation process
  • Feedback on the investigation


Primefact 1639 Third Edition

Published: Jun 2018