Maine Apiary Laws
2701. Licensing All persons owning honeybees within the State shall annually
notify the commissioner of the keeping of bees and the locationi of the bees
and shall forward to the commissioner for deposit with the Treasurer of State
an annual license'fee not to exceed 50 cents per colony for all bees kept on
June 15th of each year. Fees shall be established by rule in accordance with
the Maine Administrative Procedure Act, Title 5, chapter 375.
No license fee returned may be less than $2 per beekeeper. License fees shall
accrue to the General Fund.
Between 14 and 30 days prior to June 15th annually, the commissioner shall
cause notice of the annual notification and license fee requirement to be published
at least twice in the state newspaper and in other newspapers or journals of
general circulation adequate to provide reasonable notice throughout the State.
CHAPTER 523 IMPORTATION REQUIREMENTS
2751. Import permits
Honeybees or used honeybee equipment shipped or moved from any other state
or country into this State must be accompanied by a permit issued by the Department
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. The department shall issue a permit
for the importation of honeybees or used honeybee equipment when the applicant
submits a completed application form, a certified health certificate and registration
fee. The application, certificate of inspection and registration fee must be
received by the department and the permit issued prior to movement of honeybees
or equipment into the State.
2752. Application forms Application forms shall be supplied by the department
upon request and the following information must be supplied by the applicant:
1.Number of hives or boxes. The number of hives or the number of boxes containing
comb, or both, to be moved;
2.Place of origin. The locality; city or cities, if any; the county or counties
; and the state of origin of the hives or boxes of comb;
3.Destination. The property, locality and county in which the hives or boxes
of comb will be placed, State;
4.Date of entry.The proposed date of entry into the
5.Purpose. Facts pertaining to the purpose for which the honeybees and boxes
of comb, or both, are to be moved, including evidence establishing the existence
of a contractor agreement for pollination services; and
6.Bees leased or brokered.for pollination purposes. In the event that honeybees
are leased or brokered to another beekeeper for pollination purposes:
A.The name and address of the individual who leased the bees to the pollinator;
B.A list of all brands or other evidence of identify of brokered bees.
2753. Certificates of inspection
No honeybees or used honeybee equipment may be shipped into the State without
a health certificate signed by a legally authorized inspector at the point of
shipment indicating that they are free from regulated contagious or infectious
diseases and parasites based on actual inspection made within 30 days of the
date of the shipment. These certificates must also indicate the destination
of the bees or equipment within the State.
2754. Registration fees
A registration fee not to exceed 50 cents per colony for all bees to be shipped
or moved into the State shall be forwarded to the commissioner for deposit with
the Treasurer of State. Fees shall be established by rule in accordance with
the Maine Administrative Procedure Act, Tit:le 5, chapter 375. The fees shall
accrue to the General Fund.
CHAPTER 525 DISEASE CONTROL
2771. Disease and parasites of honeybees
The commissioner shall adopt rules to designate the diseases and par