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All honeybee colonies must be registered and inspected for diseases, mites, and Africanized bees (Title 3 Chapter 75 - Beekeeping Law). Surveys are conducted for Africanized bees along Delaware's coastal anchorages and in the Ports of Wilmington and Delaware City. The State Apiarist assists the beekeeping industry with promotion and education programs.

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Department: Agriculture

Division: Plant Industries


Beekeeper and apiary registration issued by the Department, valid for a period of one year, beginning January 1 and ending December 31 of the same year.

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Applicable Laws


Robert Mitchell, State Apiarist can be contacted by email at and by phone at 302-698-4585.


This search covers most of the frequently requested licenses, certifications, registrations, and filings that the State of Delaware requires. However, this is not a fully exhaustive list of every possible requirement. Please consult with the appropriate state agencies to find out if there are additional requirements you must fulfill.

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